1. FSV Mainz 05 preview: Feisty local derby on the cards
After the Eagles' heroic but ultimately unsuccessful efforts in London on Thursday, the focus returns to domestic matters this Sunday with the visit of neighbours 1. FSV Mainz 05.
This fixture invariably produces exciting games and is eagerly anticipated every year. Indeed, this has been the case ever since Eintracht and Mainz were both in Bundesliga 2 at the end of the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s. The rivalry arguably reached its zenith during the battle for promotion in 2003, when Eintracht scored in the dying seconds to seal a 6-3 win over Reutlingen on the last day of the season, thereby earning a place in the top flight on goal difference at Mainz's expense.
Europe in sight
Adi Hütter's charges will be determined to give everything out on the pitch and win their final match at a sold-out Commerzbank-Arena this term. Victory would put the Eagles in the driving seat for UEFA Champions League qualification and leave matters in their own hands ahead of the last day of the season, even if that will be easier said than done against a tough Mainz outfit. Furthermore, a win for Eintracht would be a fitting way of thanking the fans for their incredible support at home and abroad throughout the 2018/19 campaign.
Kick-off: Sunday 12 May 2019, 18:00 CEST, Matchday 33 of the 2018/19 season
Venue: Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt