The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts Eintracht Frankfurt under the microscope.
Story so far
- After an explosive start to the season which saw them in fourth place after Matchday 4, Die Adler's wings have grown progressively more tired, and they entered the international break in the automatic relegation places for the first time this season.
- Niko Kovac replaced Armin Veh at the beginning of March and the former Croatia international has instilled an improved work-ethic at the Commerzbank Arena. Matchday 26's 3-0 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach saw the team cover a season-high 117.6 kilometres, and the hard-running finally reaped its reward on Matchday 27, when Eintracht beat Hannover 96 1-0 to claim their first win in nine games.
- Recurring injuries to last season's Bundesliga top scorer Alexander Meier and summer signing Luc Castaignos have stunted the Hessian's attacking potency, with only 1. FC Köln, SV Darmstadt 98 and Hannover having scored fewer than Frankfurt's 29 goals.
Still to play for
- Bundesliga survival. Promoted back to the top flight at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, Eintracht finished as high as sixth the following season. The Frankfurt club's attendances have outstripped those of FC Internazionale Milano and Paris Saint-Germain in recent seasons, and Kovac's short-term remit is to ensure those fans enjoy another season of Bundesliga football.
- Eintracht have their work cut out though. Games with runaway leaders FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund lie in wait, as do tricky encounters with Europe-chasing pair Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FSV Mainz 05.
Potential saviour: Alexander Meier
- The hulking attacking midfielder's Bundesliga-high 19 goals fired Eintracht to ninth place last season, with Die Adler missing a UEFA Europa League place by only three points.
- Meier has not played since February. With 12 goals and one assist to his name from his 19 games, the 33-year-old remains a threat, and the sooner he shakes off his knee injury the better for Eintracht.