After last weekend’s disappointing defeating in Aachen, St Pauli have the chance to bounce back at the Millerntor against Bochum on Sunday. Here’s a quick preview of the fixtures on Matchday 21.
Friday: The game between Aue and 1860 Munich has already fallen victim to the weather, the game failed a pitch inspection on Thursday ahead of the game. The other two games see teams from the lower half of the league battle it out for vital points in the relegation battle, with FSV Frankfurt v Ingolstadt and Energie Cottbus v Aachen. Aachen go into that game on the back of 5 games unbeaten, whereas the opposite can be said for Cottbus – they are 5 games without a victory. Aachen however only have 1 win away all season.
Saturday: Early season pace-setters Eintracht Braunschweig started the season in blistering form, but have slipped away in recent months. They now sit in 8th place, and haven’t won in 3. On Saturday they host a struggling Karlsruhe side who have only 1 win and 1 draw to show from 10 away games so far. Their win last week at home to Aue lifted them off the bottom though, overtaking Hansa Rostock. Elsewhere on Saturday, 7th placed Union Berlin hosted 10th placed Dynamo Dresden. Dresden got an impressive win last week against Greuther Furth, whilst their hosts narrowly lost 3-2 against Paderborn.
Sunday: A huge day potentially in the context of the promotion race, St Pauli host Bochum – who are unbeaten in 4 and have picked up of late. St Pauli should have all almost fully fit squad to choose from, which should give Schubert a few selection problems after the defensive problems last week in Aachen. Elsewhere, 3rd placed Paderborn – now unbeaten in 16 games, travel to 4th placed Greuther Furth. Furth, along with Dusseldorf, have the best home record in the league – whereas Paderborn have the best away record, so it’s sure to be a huge game. Finally, somewhat overlooked, relegation strugglers Hansa Rostock host inconsistent Duisburg. Rostock have only one home win, Duisburg have only one away win.
Monday: As if that weekend wasn’t big enough for you, Monday night sees Fortuna Dusseldorf host Eintracht Frankfurt, one point seperates Dusseldorf at the top of the table from Eintracht Frankfurt in second. Dusseldorf are without a win in three games, but had won every home game so far this season until they were beaten at home against Paderborn just before the winter break. Eintracht Frankfurt won last weekend at home to Eintracht Braunschweig.
So, with games pitting 1st and 2nd, and 3rd and 4th this weekend, St Pauli sitting in fifth could be the big winners of the weekend if they can pick up 3 points. It’s certainly going to be a fascinating weekend ahead. I hope you all enjoy it. If you are around Yorkshire, we will be showing a delayed stream of the St Pauli game from 4.30pm in The Well, in Leeds city centre on Sunday afternoon.