A new week and certainly a lot of new movements approaching in the 2. Bundesliga table. Only six points separate first and thirteenth, matches mean much more than three points at this early stage. Here's all you need to know about the next weekend of 2. Bundesliga action!
Friday 20th September - all kick-offs 18:30 local
FC Heidenheim vs Darmstadt 98
The last match between the two sides was on matchday 33 last season, Darmstadt went 1-0 down but then won 5-1, Serdar Dursun scored four goals that day. Darmstadt have only managed one victory in the last ten away in Heidenheim, that only win came back in 2018 when Darmstadt nicked it 0-1.
Darmstadt trainer Torsten Lieberknecht won 17 points in his first 7 competitive 2. Bundesliga games against Heidenheim, but since then he's lost the last three. Heidenehim sealed his then Duisburg teams relegation on matchday 33 of the 2018/19 season.
FC Heidenheim: Ke. Müller - Busch, P. Mainka, Hüsing, Theuerkauf - Schöppner - Kühlwetter, Thomalla, T. Mohr - Malone, Kleindienst
Darmstadt 98: Schuhen - Bader, P. Pfeiffer, Sobiech, Holland - Gjasula - Honsak, Kempe, Karic - P. Tietz, L. Pfeiffer
Jahn Regensburg vs Erzgebirge Aue
The other Friday game sees Jahn Regensburg hosting bottom-of-the-table Aue in a clash which could send Jahn back to the top of the league, even if it would only be until Saturday lunchtime. Erzgebirge Aue are currently managerless after a 4-1 defeat to Paderborn sealed Aleksey Shpilevski's reign. Marc Hensel has been appointed interim at Veilchen.
The history hasn't been good for Regensburg. They've only won one of the last ten against Aue, the last and only home win for Jahn was back in March 2010 (2-1). Regensburg's Steve Breitkreuz played in Aue for two stints for five total years (2015-17 and 2018-21) and he was promoted to the 2. Bundesliga in 2016.
Jahn Regensburg: A. Meyer - Faber, S. Breitkreuz, Kennedy, Wekesser - Besuschkow, Gimber - Beste, Boukhalfa, Singh - Albers
Erzgebirge Aue: Männel - Strauß, Gonther, Carlson, Härtel - Zolinski, Fandrich, Nazarov, Schreck - Mance, Gueye
Saturday 21st September - all kick-offs 13:30 local unless specified
Karlsruher SC vs FC St. Pauli
There has been ten draws in the last 18 matches between the two teams at the Wildparkstadion. In addition, KSC have only won 4 of their last 18 home games facing FC St. Pauli. In the last four meetings in Karlsruhe, the home team have failed to win every time.
The last Karlsruhe home win against St. Pauli was back in 2015, there was a clear 3-0 victory for KSC that day. Karlsruhe did achieve two clean-sheets in the two second division matches vs St. Pauli last season.
Karlsruher SC: Gersbeck - Thiede, Gordon, Kobald, Heise - Wanitzek, Breithaupt, Choi - Kaufmann, P. Hofmann, M. Lorenz
FC St. Pauli: Vasilj - Zander, Ziereis, Medic, Paqarada - Aremu - Irvine, Hartel - Kyereh - Dittgen, Burgstaller
SC Paderborn vs Holstein Kiel
SC Paderborn have been quite successful historically against Holstein Kiel in competitive settings, winning 6 of 18, Kiel just winning three of those 18. However, Paderborn have actually only managed to defeat the Storks once in the last 6 (1-2 away win in 2019).
The last Paderborn home win against Kiel was 17 years ago, a very convincing 5-1 SCP victory in 2004. Fin Bartels has only managed to score one goal in his nine games facing Paderborn, that goal came back in March 2010.
SC Paderborn: Huth - Yalcin, Hünemeier, van der Werff, Collins - Schallenberg - Justvan, Ma. Schuster - Stiepermann - Platte, Michel
Holstein Kiel: Dähne - Neumann, Wahl, Thesker, van den Bergh - Si. Lorenz - Mühling, Bartels - Mees, Reese - Pichler
FC Ingolstadt vs Fortuna Düsseldorf
The last duel between the two teams was a close encounter, last season's DFB Pokal saw Fortuna nick it 1-0. Ingolstadt have only won 3 games in 10 attempts against Düsseldorf, however all those three victories came at the Audi Sportpark.
Fortuna have been very solid at the back historically when facing Ingolstadt, Düsseldorf have managed to keep a clean sheet in four of the last six.
FC Ingolstadt: Buntic - Heinloth, Röseler, Schröck, Poulsen - Röhl, Linsmayer - Gebauer, Bilbija - Eckert Ayensa, Pat. Schmidt
Fortuna Düsseldorf: Kastenmeier - Narey, Klarer, Hoffmann, Hartherz - Sobottka, Ao Tanaka - Klaus, Bozenik, Peterson - Hennings
FC Hansa Rostock vs Schalke 04 - 20:30 local
The 2. Bundesliga Topspiel for matchday 8 sees a bit of history in itself. It will be the first time FC Hansa Rostock and Schalke 04 face-off in the second division after 24 duels in other competitions. Hansa have not lost in the last four matches at home to Schalke.
Lukas Fröde is the only current Hansa Rostock player to have actually had history of beating Schalke, he won with Werder Bremen against Schalke back in 2016.
FC Hansa Rostock: Kolke - Neidhart, Meißner, Roßbach, Rizzuto - Fröde - Omladic, H. Behrens, Ingelsson, Mamba - Verhoek
Schalke 04: Fährmann - Thiaw, Itakura, M. Kaminski - Churlinov, Flick, Ouwejan - Zalazar, Drexler - Bülter, Terodde
Sunday 22nd September - all kick-offs 13:30 local
Hamburger SV vs 1. FC Nürnberg
Hamburg and Nürnberg - two teams that have together won 15 Bundesliga's - face off in the 2. Bundesliga for the fifth time. HSV will be looking for their fourth win against Nürnberg in the second division, they've won 3 of the 4 played in history, the other game ended a draw.
Nürnberg are winless against HSV for the last 8 games, the last Nürnberger win was back in 2012, a 0-1 away win in the Bundesliga. Believe it or not, Nürnberg are unbeaten in the last 17 2. Bundesliga matches, and their last loss was to Hamburger SV at the Volksparkstadion - a not so happy hunting ground!
Hamburger SV: Heuer Fernandes - Gyamerah, David, Vuskovic, Leibold - Meffert - Kinsombi, Heyer - Jatta, Glatzel, Kittel
1. FC Nürnberg: Mathenia - Valentini, Schindler, Sörensen, Handwerker - Geis - Krauß, Tempelmann - Möller Daehli - Dovedan, Shuranov
Hannover 96 vs SV Sandhausen
Hannover have only won 1 out of 6 against Sandhausen in the second division (3 draws, 2 SVS wins). H96 have never actually lost at home to Sandhausen in history, they've only conceded one in the last 3 when hosting Sandhausen at the HDI-Arena.
Hannover's last meeting with Sandhausen at home ended in a rout - a 4-0 win for Die Roten.
Hannover 96: Zieler - Dehm, M. Franke, Börner, Hult - S. Ernst, Ondoua - Beier, Kerk, Maina - Hinterseer
SV Sandhausen: Rehnen - Ajdini, Höhn, Zhirov, Okoroji - Sickinger, Zenga, Bachmann - Ritzmaier - Keita-Ruel, Testroet
SG Dynamo Dresden vs SV Werder Bremen
A really attractive Sunday game sees a tale of two teams who have both had different but similar first seven matches in 2021/22. Dynamo started amazingly in the second division after promotion but have since lost the last three matches. Werder Bremen started really poorly and despite a 2-0 defeat to HSV in the Nordderby, they're actually unbeaten away from home and sit in a healthy looking 8th place.
The two will meet for the first time in the 2. Bundesliga and Marvin Ducksch has a very healthy scoring record when facing Dresden, scoring four in the last two, but he's actually already tasted Dresden defeat on matchday three with Hannover. Werder Bremen coach Markus Anfang has also had some success facing Dynamo Dresden, he coached 1. FC Köln to an 8-1 win against the East German team in 2018.
SG Dynamo Dresden: K. Broll - Akoto, Sollbauer, S. Mai, C. Löwe - Y. Stark - M. Schröter, L. Herrmann - Mörschel - Königsdörffer, Daferner
SV Werder Bremen: Zetterer - Weiser, L. Mai, Veljkovic, A. Jung - Gruev - Rapp, N. Schmidt - Nankishi, Schmid - Ducksch
Expected line-ups courtesy of Kicker