Eintracht are looking to continue their impressive record at home to 1. FC Köln when the sides meet on Wednesday.

The Eagles’ final fixture of 2019 at the Commerzbank-Arena is not only the team’s 30th competitive game of what has been a marathon first half of the season, but also an encounter steeped in tradition. A glance in the history books gives Adi Hütter’s charges cause for optimism, while one of the names on the Köln teamsheet is likely to make Eintracht fans of a certain generation reminisce about the past.

Football in the blood

The player in question is Louis Schaub, son of bona-fide Eintracht legend Fred Schaub, who played a major role in the greatest success in the club’s history with the 1980 UEFA Cup triumph. As Louis, a senior Austria international since 2016, was born in Fulda, a town not too far from Frankfurt, the match is set to be an extra-special occasion for him.

Positive home record

Eintracht won their two most recent encounters with Köln, posting a 4-2 home victory and a 1-0 away win in the 2017/18 season, at the end of which the Billy Goats were relegated to the second tier. As such the Eagles have beaten Köln 21 times at the Commerzbank-Arena, including on the last four occasions, while drawing ten matches and losing 12, although the visitors’ last Bundesliga triumph in Frankfurt was almost a decade ago. Hütter’s men will therefore be eager to extend that record on Wednesday and pick up three much-needed points.

Match info

Kick-off: Wednesday 18 December, 20:30 CET, Bundesliga 2019/20, Matchday 16.
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt.