The Saxons, on the other hand, are pursuing other plans. With 14 points on their account, they are currently in 17th position. Three of them are behind in 16th place, and there are already six on the first non-relegation zone. The poor series towards the end of the first half of the season and on the first day of the second half of the season also contributed to this. One after the other they lost against SV Darmstadt 98 (1:2), SV Werder Bremen (0:4), SG Dynamo Dresden (0:1) and 1. FC Nürnberg (1:3). It would be surprising if the industry leader were to win today.
In the Ostwestfalen, who have never won against the club in six competitive games in all competitions and who are the best away team in the 2nd Bundesliga with five wins and three draws, coach Łukasz Kwasniok has compared to the 1: 2 home defeat against 1. FC Heidenheim made four personnel changes in 1846. Instead of van der Werff, Carls, Thalhammer (all on the bench) and Mehlem (not in the squad), Correia, new signing Muslija (Hannover 96), returnee Klement (VfB Stuttgart, loan) and Srbeny start.
There have been a total of 53 clashes between the two teams so far. With 24 wins, Bremen lead the direct comparison (12 draws, 17 defeats). In the first leg, SVW prevailed 3-2 in the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital. After Khaled Narey scored the 2-2 equalizer for Fortuna in the fourth minute of added time, Maximilian Eggestein converted a penalty in the sixth minute of added time to make it 3-2.
On the side of Middle Franconia, who narrowly missed out on a win in the first leg at the end of July in the Benteler Arena due to a late goal and who have been waiting for a triple point win in the first game of a calendar year since 2016, coach Robert Klauß provides after the 3-1 Away win at FC Erzgebirge Aue once again. Geis pushed Shuranov onto the bench. Winter signing Castrop (1. FC Köln II, loan) is initially on the bench.
SC Paderborn 07 missed a much better starting position in the last few weeks of the 2021 calendar year: He only drew three points from the last five games; the last two home games against SV Darmstadt 98 (0:1) and against 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 were even lost due to late goals. It has recently stalled, especially in the offensive yield: Since the beginning of November, the blue-blacks have only met a maximum of once.
In the last game before the winter break, the Flingerans even suffered a 1-0 home defeat against SV Sandhausen, who were in danger of being relegated. Christian Preusser has to react to this and changes his starting lineup to five positions. Florian Kastenmeier, who is ready to play again after a corona infection, guards the goal for Raphael Wolf (bench). In addition, Kristoffer Peterson, Matthias Zimmermann, Shinta Appelkamp and winter newcomer Nicolas Gavory are in the starting eleven. Marcel Sobottka (bank), Emmanuel Iyoha (COVID-19), Dragoș Nedelcu and Leonardo Koutris (both not in the squad) remain outside.
Meanwhile, Fortuna was not quite as successful in the final trains of 2021. The Flingerans have only won one of the last seven league games. But that victory had it all. In the 3-1 away win at SV Darmstadt, Düsseldorf inflicted the only defeat in the last ten league games on the current second-placed team from southern Hesse. If everything is correct, Christian Preusser’s squad need not hide from anyone. However, 14th place in the table indicates that it was rarely possible to bring the full potential onto the pitch.
The table leaders went into the winter break with a dampener. After important victories against direct promotion competitors such as 1. FC Nürnberg (3:2) and FC Schalke 04 (2:1), the Kiezkicker said goodbye to the past with a bankruptcy at Holstein Kiel (0:3). Year. However, they still rank at the top of the rankings with a five-point lead over third place. Today, the lead is to be expanded, at least temporarily.
1. FC Nürnberg had a mixed bag during the advent season with two wins and two defeats, especially in defensive terms (nine goals conceded in four games after the previous average of one per game). The first part of the season was undoubtedly satisfactory, as the club can call itself a candidate for promotion. Just before the winter break, he won 3-1 at FC Erzgebirge Aue thanks to a hat-trick by Dovedan.
Before the winter break, Ole Werner’s team celebrated a convincing 4-1 away win at Hannover 96. Even several weeks later, the North German trainer sees no reason to change his starting line-up. He sends exactly the eleven players onto the field who started with the away win in the north duel.
In the national football lower house, behind the top duo from St. Pauli and Darmstadt, who were able to break away slightly before Christmas, there is a larger group of clubs that are within striking distance of third place in the table and this after yesterday’s draw by Hamburger SV ( 31 points) at SG Dynamo Dresden. This group of pursuers includes 1. FC Nürnberg (30) and SC Paderborn 07 (27).
The Werderers would love to carry the momentum from the perfect December, in which three wins from three games and 11:3 goals, the maximum yield of nine possible points, into the new year. With Fortuna Düsseldorf, a very welcome guest is coming to the Wohninvest Weserstadion. The SVW has won four of the last five home games against the Flingerans.
Hello and welcome to the 2nd Bundesliga early Saturday afternoon! 1. FC Nürnberg welcome fellow pursuers SC Paderborn 07 on Matchday 19. Middle Franconia and East Westphalia will face each other from 1:30 p.m. on the pitch of the Max Morlock Stadium.
Welcome to the game SV Darmstadt 98 – Karlsruher SC! The live ticker of the game from the 19th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga starts in good time before kick-off.
Welcome to the game FC St. Pauli – Erzgebirge Aue! The live ticker of the game from the 19th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga starts in good time before kick-off.
Hello and welcome from the Wohninvest Weserstadion. Here, SV Werder Bremen welcomes Fortuna Düsseldorf at 1:30 p.m. today as part of the 19th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga.