Another win for Nurnberg possible
Nurnberg’s key players Patrick Kammerbauer, Adam Zrelak, Kevin Mohwald and Sebastian Kerk will miss out with long-term injuries while Dennis Lippert is out with a knee problem, but he does not play an essential role at the club.
Bielefeld can count on the same team as in their previous matches. Christopher Nothe with a knee problem and Baboucarr Gaye with a finger injury and will miss this game.
Injured/unavailable: Sebastian Kerk (hamstring), Dennis Lippert (knee), Kevin Mohwald (unspecified), Adam Zrelak (broken foot), Patrick Kammerbauer (cecum)
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Nothe (knee), Baboucarr Gaye (finger)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Nurnberg claimed an impressive 3-1 victory on the road against Greuther Furth in a very hot derby on Sunday. It was a game during which they continued with their good scoring touch. The Bavarian club remain second in the 2. Bundesliga table while they boast the best goal difference with +10. They have scored an impressive 12 goals in their last three league games. Mikael Ishak found the net again against Greuther Furth, making it goal number five of the season for him.
Bielefeld produced a disappointing performance last time out in front of their own fans as they were unable to beat lowly Heidenheim in a 1-1 draw. However, on a positive note, they were able to equalise after falling behind, but they ran out of ideas when it came to penetrating Heidenheim’s defensive line again. The draw means of course that Bielefeld are still in good position in the table as they sit in sixth after eight games, but they have lost a bit of ground on the league leaders lately.
Nurnberg are on fire and are scoring goals to their heart’s content – home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: TOTAL GOALS – THREE
Bielefeld, who have scored in all but one of their eight league games so far, could grab a goal in this game, but for me Nurnberg’s home advantage will be too much for them – the hosts have scored 12 goals in previous three matches and could easily dispatch their opponents via a 2-1 or 3-0 victory. I predict three goals in total, which also matches Bielefeld’s average in their eight 2. Bundesliga games so far.
HEAD TO HEAD
Nurnberg are unbeaten in the last six competitive meetings, with four wins and two draws.