Sandhausen and Aue face each other in a competitive game for the 22nd time today. Ten of the previous 21 meetings have gone to the Saxons (six draws, five defeats), who, however, after five games in a row without defeat against the SVS, suffered a 1:3 home defeat against the Kurpfälzer in the first leg. However, the FCE has not lost any of the last four away games in Hardtwald (two wins, two draws).
In the Upper Palatinate, who won the first leg at the end of August in the Jahnstadion thanks to the goals of Beste (8th), Breitkreuz (55th), Otto (73rd) and Singh (86th) 4-1 and those abroad with 14 points in nine matches, coach Mersad Selimbegović makes two changes after the 1:2 home defeat against KSV Holstein. Elvedi and Singh take the places of Saller (suspended) and Kennedy (travel fatigue).
Marc Hensel also has to react to the desolate performance in the 0:5 against Schalke 04 and also makes five changes: Gaëtan Bussmann, Dirk Carlson, Dimitrij Nazarov, Sam Schreck and Anthony Barylla are preferred today to Jan Hochscheidt, Nicolas Kühn, Erik Majetschak ( all three banks), Sören Gonther (muscular problems) and Malcolm Cacutalua (ill).
On the Gelsenkirchen side, who concede an average of 1.5 goals per game in front of their home crowd and who can ideally move up to second place in the table today, coach Dimitrios Grammozis has made a personnel change compared to the 5-0 thrashing victory at FC Erzgebirge Aue. Kamiński replaces Thiaw on the bench.
At FC Erzgebirge Aue, after a brief rebellion in autumn, things were anything but smooth again. It is true that the Saxons fought a 2-2 draw away from home-strong leaders St. Pauli in the first game of the new year. Only a week later, in the bloodless 5-0 home defeat against FC Schalke, any self-confidence was gone again. All in all, the purple-whites have only one of 18 possible points from the last six league games.
KSC coach Christian Eichner only makes one change in his starting eleven, in contrast to the victory in the round of 16 against 1860 Munich. The ailing Lucas Cueto is not in the squad. For him, Kyoung-Rok Choi starts on the right wing.
SSV Jahn Regensburg is not in its best form at the moment, having lost six out of eight games since the beginning of November. After a promising return from the winter break with a 3-0 away win at SV Sandhausen, he was beaten 2-1 by KSV Holstein on the penultimate Sunday despite an early lead by Kennedy (12th). Particularly annoying: Besuschkov missed a penalty just before the cabin aisle when the score was 1-1 (42nd).
Coach Alois Schwartz reacted to the recent 0:3 against the Jahnelf and changed his starting lineup to five positions this afternoon: In addition to Christian Kinsombi, Cebio Soukou and Janik Bachmann, two winter newcomers, Dario Dumić and Tom Trybull, are in the starting XI for the first time. Immanuel Höhn, Erik Zenga, Nils Seufert, Ahmed Kutucu (all four benches) and Dennis Diekmeier (suspended) remain outside.
In contrast to the turbulent 4:3 win against Paderborn two weeks ago, Ole Werner changed one position. Mitchell Weiser will start at right wing-back in place of Jean-Manuel Mbom.
In Karlsruhe, the situation in the league is a little less exciting. Although the Badeners remained undefeated in the last three games, they drew two of them. In the table, the KSC is in tenth place beyond good and evil. The cup draw last weekend caused a stir. The sports club will face HSV in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup and can have legitimate hopes of reaching the semi-finals.
Bremen is the team of the hour in league two. The Hanseatic League have won six games in a row since Ole Werner took office. As a result, the Bundesliga climber has officially registered again in the fight for promotion places. After 20 games, Bremen are in third place, four points behind leaders Darmstadt. Should Werder win again today, Ole Werner is just one win away from Otto Rehhagel’s age-old record. The coaching legend had won her first eight games as Bremen coach in the 80/81 season.
The Hardtwalders don’t go into this home game too strong. The SVS has lost four of the last seven league games. After a small series with five out of nine possible points at the end of 2021, the first league game of the new year ended with a 0: 3 home defeat against Jahn Regensburg. SV Sandhausen is the only team in the entire 2nd Bundesliga without a home win. The Kurpfälzer have the worst home offensive with only six goals and the weakest home defense in the league with 21 goals conceded.
FC Schalke 04 is still part of the chasing group in the promotion race of the national football lower house after the first three games in the second half of the season, but could soon assume the role of the hunted. After the Royal Blues had started the 2022 calendar year with a shaky 1-1 home draw against KSV Holstein, they set an exclamation mark on the competition 14 days ago with a 5-0 win at second-bottom FC Erzgebirge Aue.
In this basement duel, both teams are about survival. With 15 points, the violets are currently in 17th place in the table. Two points in front of the SVS is on the relegation place. On the one hand, the Saxons could pass the Palatinate with a three this afternoon. On the other hand, Sandhausen could gain some breathing room in the relegation battle with a home win, in which the situation worsened further with the surprising 5-0 victory of Ingolstadt in Nuremberg yesterday evening.
Welcome to the game FC St. Pauli – SC Paderborn 07! The live ticker of the game from the 21st matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga starts in good time before kick-off.
Hello and welcome to the 2nd Bundesliga early Saturday evening! FC Schalke 04 welcomes SSV Jahn Regensburg on matchday 21. Gelsenkirchen and Upper Palatinate will face each other from 1.30 p.m. on the lawn of the Veltins Arena.
Good day and a warm welcome from the BWT stadium in Hardtwald. Here, SV Sandhausen welcomes FC Erzgebirge Aue at 1:30 p.m. today as part of the 21st matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga.
Hello and welcome to the 21st match day in the second division. Today at 1:30 p.m. Werder Bremen welcomes the Karlsruher Sport-Club.