After less points in the first two matches Paderborn got two draws against Cologne 1-1 and in derby vs. Bielefeld 3-3. They showed that they able to keep up with other teams but they are more as disappointed at the moment. The key for this is that they were in both matches up but in the end they conceded always the equalizer, this means that they should have more points as only 2 at the moment. Maybe they have to work on it to be as concentrated as they can till the final whistle sounds. Nevertheless they want continue their good performances but with more success against 1860 today, on the other side 1860 came from 3 wins in a row and if they continue their winning way they are close to the top where they can be for some time. But I have also to mentioned that their performances were awful although they won these matches, this was a lot of luck for them anyway.
After the match against Cologne at home Coach Breitenreiter seems that he found his first eleven as he counts vs. Bielefeld again on it and wants today too. Overall he was very pleased about the performance from last match, only the defensive work was not so well otherwise they should have not conceded 3 goals. Therefore the focus was more on defensive work this week. Moreover all starters are ready and he can count on the same eleven, only one position he decides short before the match today. Since striker Kachunga is in great form he is set to play but beside him there are some possibilities with Saglik and Rick ten Voorde. Both convinced with goals in the past and therefore it is very close who starts or who is on the bench for the match against 1860.
The Lions were very pleased with the results in the past matches but not with their performance. Overall this was very weak and in offensive absolutely harmless although they have some good and creative players in their rows but their play is not the best at the moment. With a lucky win against Ingolstadt they continue their streak but they won only due to an own goal from Ingolstadt's defender. Despite this win Coach Schmidt changes again in offensive, what he did already in the matches before. This is not the best sign and also not the best way because the players must appear always new. This help the team not much in my eyes and the bad play continues and the stability of their play is gone. Striker Hain could not use his chance last weekend that he is out of the team and Schmidt has two options here with Wood or Friend but all think that he counts on the quicker and faster man for counter attacks Wood. Daniel Adlung plays again on the central midfield position beside Yannick Stark although he has his strength more as wing as there but with Stoppelkamp and Tomasov both wing players made their job and they are set to play. In defensive Volz and Wojtkowiak battle for the place there, who makes the race is still open but in the past it was the pole.