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2. Bundesliga: Matchday 15 Preview

By Matias Bengolo

The 2. Bundesliga table is starting to take some sort of shape as there's now only nine points between 1st and 10th. Important points are still up for grabs as we move closer to the Winter Break. Here is the preview for Matchday 15.

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Friday 20th September - all kick-offs 18:30 local

SSV Jahn Regensburg vs SG Dynamo Dresden

Reegnsburg and Dresden face off on Friday and both have new roles to establish in the season. Jahn, who were top of the table on matchday eight, have slipped down to 4th with 25 points. Their most-recent 2 game slide hasn't helped them, and they'll be looking to get back on track at home to Dresden. Dynamo were on an awful run of 6 defeats in a row, they stopped the rot in the last match as they managed to fork out a 1-0 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The East Germans sit 13th currently and could move into 10th with a win and if all the results go in their favor.

When you look at the history between the two, you would put your money on Dresden to win their 2nd game in a row. In the eight 2. Bundesliga games played between Jahn and Dynamo, there's been 6 Dresden victories and two draws - if Dynamo Dresden win on Friday, they will break a record. Regensburg haven't lost more than six times to any single team in the 2. Bundesliga before, this could all change with a Dynamo Dresden victory on Friday.

Expected line-ups
SSV Jahn Regensburg: A. Meyer - Saller, S. Breitkreuz, Kennedy, Wekesser - Gimber, Besuschkow - Beste, Boukhalfa, Singh - Albers

SG Dynamo Dresden: K. Broll - Becker, Ehlers, Sollbauer, Akoto - Y. Stark - M. Schröter, Königsdörffer - L. Herrmann, Daferner, Borrello

Fortuna Düsseldorf vs FC Heidenheim

The other Friday game sees two relatively inconsistent teams battle it out for three valuable points. Fortuna (as mentioned earlier) lost to a team that had been defeated six times in a row last weekend and they are win-less in three games themselves. Fortuna are lounging in 12th position and are just about doing enough to stay out of any relegation worries, they've won 4 and drawn 4 in the first 14 games. As for Heidenheim, Frank Schmidt's team were expected to battle for promotion before the season and they are a team that right now are just outside of the promotion conversation. A few good results puts them right into the promotion conversation though. They currently stand in 8th and after three straight defeats between matchday 9 and 11, they've managed to win 2 of their last 3 games.

Heidenheim wins the overall head-to-head between the two teams, as the Baden-Württemberg team have won 5 of the 10 meetings in the 2. Bundesliga. However, Heidenheim have actually only won 1 of those games in Düsseldorf, that was a win in 2016. Marcel Sobottka may be the man for Heidenheim to look out for, he scored in both games against Heidneheim last season (and was the only scorer in a 1-0 Düsseldorf win over Heidenheim).

Expected line-ups
Fortuna Düsseldorf: Wolf - M. Zimmermann, Klarer, Oberdorf, Hartherz - Sobottka, Bodzek - Narey, Piotrowski, Klaus - Hennings

FC Heidenheim: Ke. Müller - Busch, Hüsing, P. Mainka, Theuerkauf - Schöppner, Geipl - Leipertz, T. Mohr - Kleindienst, Kühlwetter

Saturday 21st September - all kick-offs 13:30 local unless specified

Schalke 04 vs SV Sandhausen

Schalke 04 returns to the Veltins-Arena after drawing in Bremen (with a very controversial penalty awarded to Werder). Dimitrios Grammozis' team has fallen down to 7th in the 2. Bundesliga after a 3 game win-less drought against Heidenheim, Darmstadt and Werder Bremen. A lot of the conversation about Schalke has been their playing style and how they are too defensive and don't score enough, to counter this opinion, Schalke have only failed to score in one match this season, that was against Heidenheim. Where would they be without Terodde? For Sandhausen, they're starting to really struggle. They've lost 8 games so far this season, failed to score in 4 games this season. The one shining light for Sandhausen is that they've won all 3 of their wins away from home, but they did just lose 3-1 in Hamburg against St. Pauli.

Simon Terodde scored eight goals in his last seven second division games against Sandhausen. He has already scored three 'Doppelpacks' (games with two goals) against the Kurpfälzer (one each for Bochum, VfB and HSV) and he scored for five different clubs against SVS (in addition to the aforementioned also for Cologne and Union).

Expected line-ups
Schalke 04: Fraisl - Thiaw, Itakura, M. Kaminski - Aydin, Palsson, Ouwejan - Zalazar, Latza - Terodde, Bülter

SV Sandhausen: Drewes - Diekmeier, Höhn, Zhirov, Okoroji - Bachmann, Ritzmaier - Ajdini, Esswein - C. J. Conteh, Testroet

Karlsruhe vs Hannover

Karlsruhe have been slowly declining in the 2. Bundesliga as the season has progressed. After their win in matchday two, they rose to the top of the league. Since then, they've fallen from 1st to 10th in the next 12 games and they have only won 2 games in that stretch. They're currently win-less in 4. For Hannover, they've struggled to find any sort of momentum in the season. It doesn't help that they've not scored in 6 of the 14 games so far. They've also only won 1 away game in the whole season, Karlsruhe have also only won 2 home games this season.

Karlsruhe has only won three of the last 16 competitive games against Hannover (four draws, nine wins by Hannover 96) - but including the last game. In January 2021, an own goal by Kingsley Schindler was enough for Baden to win the 1-0 home win against H96.

Expected line-ups
Karlsruhe: Gersbeck - Thiede, Gordon, Kobald, Heise - Wanitzek, Breithaupt, Gondorf - Choi, P. Hofmann, Kother

Hannover: Hansen - Muroya, M. Franke, Krajnc, Hult - Ondoua, S. Ernst - Beier, Kerk, Ochs - Hinterseer

Erzgebirge Aue vs Darmstadt 98

Erzgebirge Aue actually has more club members than Darmstadt: 9,185 compared to D98's 8,000. However, it's been a completely different season for both teams. Aue's recent up-turn in form mean they go into this game in 14th position, but they're level on points with Hannover and Holstein Kiel for the relegation playoff position. One positive for Aue is that they're scoring goals this season and they only have a -7 goal difference which is the same as 11th placed Hansa Rostock and better than Hannover (-8), Kiel (-10), Sandhausen (-14) and Ingolstadt (-22). For the visitors, Darmstadt are top of the 2. Bundesliga form table. 4 wins in their last 5 games and a draw in that stretch too means that they're only 3 points behind top-of-the-table St. Pauli, and they pose a better goal difference too. Interestingly, Aue are 3rd in the form table and have won 3 of their last 5 with only one defeat.

To compare the two head-to-head, Darmstadt has the clear advantage. The Lilies have won 7 of the 10 competitive 2. Bundesliga games between Darmstadt and Aue, with only 2 Aue wins out of the 10.

Expected line-ups
Erzgebirge Aue: Männel - Strauß, Barylla, Gonther, Carlson - Sijaric, Schreck, Messeguem, Kühn - Jonjic, Hochscheidt

Darmstadt 98: Schuhen - Bader, P. Pfeiffer, Isherwood, Holland - Kempe, Gjasula, Manu, Honsak - P. Tietz, L. Pfeiffer

Holstein Kiel vs Werder Bremen - 20:30 local

The 2. Bundesliga 'Topspiel der Woche' quite possibly doesn't deserve to be the top game of the weekend. Holstein Kiel have been awful so far, posing the 3rd worst defensive record in the division and only racking up 14 points from 14 matches. Their form has taken some sort of improvement since Marcel Rapp took charge, they sit 10th on the form table but they've only won 1 out of 5 games, drawing 3 of the other 4. Their defense has improved though, only conceding 6 in 6 matches, before then they had conceded 20 goals in the first 10 matches. As for Werder Bremen, they are a very weird team. There has been rumors that Ole Werner could be the new coach, and maybe this would mean his first game as a Werder Bremen manager would be against his old side Kiel, but I don't really see this happening. Bremen are currently in the middle of the table at 9th and have 20 points, scoring and conceding 20 each too. They're the definition of inconsistent and are struggling to get wins over the line more frequently than they have.

This will be the first time in 40 years that Holstein Kiel and Werder Bremen meet in a competitive game.

Expected line-ups
Holstein Kiel: Dähne - Neumann, Wahl, Thesker, van den Bergh - Holtby - Bartels, Mühling, Porath, Reese - Pichler

Werder Bremen: Pavlenka - C. Groß, Toprak, A. Jung - Gruev - Agu, Mbom, Bittencourt, Schmid - Füllkrug, Ducksch

Sunday 22nd September - all kick-offs 13:30 local

Hamburger SV vs FC Ingolstadt 04

Hamburger SV against the team at the bottom of the table - we've seen this before. What springs to mind is when Würzburger Kickers had a 3-0 lead over HSV, and they were by far the worst team in the 2. Bundesliga last season. HSV haven't lost in over 10 matches now in all competitions and over the last 5 games the Hamburg club poses the 4th best record. 2 wins, 3 draws and 0 losses shows that HSV still have troubles getting wins from drawing positions, but they have only conceded 5 goals and scored 9, so they must be happy with how the attack is starting to click. Ingolstadt are bottom of the table and 8 points adrift of 16th place Kiel. Their form is the worst in the league still, in the last 5 matches they've failed to win, drawing 2.

Both coaches are still without a win against their next opponent: Andre Schubert with Mönchengladbach only scored one point in two games against HSV in the Bundesliga, Tim Walter drew twice with Kiel in 2018/19.

Expected line-ups
Hamburger SV: Johansson - Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau, Muheim - Meffert - Reis, Kittel - Jatta, Glatzel, Alidou

FC Ingolstadt 04: Buntic - Antonitsch, Preißinger, Kotzke - Heinloth, Keller, Gaus - Gebauer, M. Stendera - Kutschke, Beister

SC Paderborn vs Hansa Rostock

SC Paderborn are struggling with injuries in recent times, 6 players were unavailable in the 0-0 draw at Hannover. Since that draw, influential striker Felix Platte has been injured, it will be all up to Dennis Srbeny to finally get his first goal of the season. Hansa Rostock are starting to find their feet in the season, they were expected to be firmly in the relegation fight but this hasn't been true in recent games. Rostock have won 2 and drawn 1 in their last 5 matches and are 9th in the 2. Bundesliga form table. In the actual table, Hansa find themselves 11th in the league but only 3 points ahead of Kiel in 16th.

Jens Härtel is unbeaten as a coach against Paderborn, with Magdeburg he has two wins and three draws against the East Westphalia team. Among them was a spectacular 4:4 draw in the second division duel against Paderborn in September 2018.

Expected line-ups
SC Paderborn: Huth - Yalcin, Hünemeier, van der Werff - Justvan, Schallenberg, Ma. Schuster, Collins - Pröger, Srbeny, Michel

Hansa Rostock: Kolke - Neidhart, Meißner, Roßbach, Rizzuto - Fröde - Omladic, H. Behrens, Rhein, Mamba - Verhoek

1. FC Nürnberg vs FC St. Pauli

The final game to preview sees two teams who have had a very good start to the season thus far. The home team,1. FC Nürnberg, have improved from their mediocre mid-table finish last term. They're currently 5th in the table, only a point behind Paderborn in 3rd and two points behind Darmstadt in 2nd. A win over St. Pauli will cut the gap between the two to only two points, a St. Pauli win will increase the gap to 8 points. St. Pauli are the current 2. Bundesliga leaders, have a 3 point cushion to 2nd and are playing great football (except a 4-0 blip against Darmstadt). They made up for their disappointing Darmstadt defeat by beating Sandhausen 3-1 on Wednesday.

Guido Burgstaller played for 1. FC Nürnberg from January 2015 to January 2017, scoring 33 times in 63 second division games for 1. FC Nürnberg. Mats Möller Daehli made 82 appearances in the second division for St. Pauli.

Expected line-ups
1. FC Nürnberg: Mathenia - Valentini, Schindler, Sörensen, Handwerker - Geis - Krauß, Tempelmann - Möller Daehli - Dovedan, Shuranov

St. Pauli: Vasilj - Ohlsson, Ziereis, J. Lawrence, Paqarada - Smith - Becker, Hartel - Kyereh - Burgstaller, Makienok

Expected line-ups courtesy of Kicker

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