The 2.Bundesliga promotion race continues to be wide open, although 1860 Munich have dropped off the pace after losing against FSV Frankfurt and only managing a midweek draw against Aue. Here’s a quick preview on the 2.Bundesliga action this weekend.
The big game on Friday evening sees Eintracht Frankfurt host Dynamo Dresden. Eintracht Frankfurt sit 2nd in the table, a point off leaders Greuther Furth, and are unbeaten at home this season – but they’ll come up against a decent Dynamo Dresden side. Dresden are 9th in the table after an impressive campaign, however they’ve struggled away from home losing 7 of their 12 away games. Frankfurt will certainly be favourites for this one, but Dresden come into the game on the back of 4 games without defeat and will be a difficult side for Frankfurt to breakdown. Elsewhere on Friday evening, Aachen – whom sit 16th and in the relegation playoff place at the moment, host Union Berlin, and Eintracht Braunschweig are at home against FSV Frankfurt. FSV Frankfurt will be in good spirits after a highly impressive win against 1860 Munich last weekend, but they play a Braunschweig side who are extremely tricky opponents, particularly at home and who are unbeaten in 5.
On Saturday, there’s a huge top of the table clash between local rivals Greuther Furth and 1860 Munich at the Allianz Arena. 1860’s push for promotion has halted drastically in the past couple of weeks, and they are now 10 points off leaders Furth and in desperate need of three points. Furth are in outstanding form though, picking up 13 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 games. The other game on Saturday sees 5th placed Paderborn travelling to struggling Ingolstadt. The home side haven’t lost in 8 – but strangely 6 of these have been draws. Paderborn were held to a draw at home last weekend and will be looking to pick end Ingolstadt unbeaten streak in order to keep up with the leaders.
Sunday sees St Pauli in action, this time travelling away to Aue who are also in relegation trouble. St Pauli have had to grind out results from poor performances of late, but Sunday could see Marius Ebbers return to the starting XI – a much needed return given the importance of the coming weeks. St Pauli are unbeaten in 5 despite a few relatively poor performances, and 3 points at Aue will keep us firmly in the race for promotion. Aue picked up a decent point midweek v 1860 Munich, however the tiredness of playing the extra game could be a factor for the home side on Sunday. Elsewhere in the league, Duisburg host local neighbours Bochum and Karlsruhe host fellow strugglers Hansa Rostock.
Finally on Monday, 11th placed Cottbus host 3rd placed Fortuna Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf have picked up form in recent weeks following a bad run of form, but they face a long trip to Cottbus on Monday evening looking to pick up another vital 3 points in their push for promotion.
Finally, here’s our predictions for this weekend, which has this week come from twitter user @Charlieh31
Eintracht Braunschweig 2 – 0 FSV Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – 1 Dresden
Aachen 0 – 1 Union Berlin
Ingolstadt 0 – 2 Paderborn
1860 2-2 Furth
Duisburg 1 – 0 Bochum
Karlsruhe 2 – 0 Rostock
Aue 0 – 2 St Pauli
Cottbus 1 – 3 Dusseldorf