Holstein Kiel to continue their incredible run
Holstein Kiel will have to do without the long-term injured Christopher Lenz and Manuel Janzer while Arne Sicker will miss again with illness.
Bochum cannot count on Kevin Stoger who saw his fifth yellow card against Ingolstadt and is suspended for this game, while Timo Perthel and Luke Hemmerich are both absent, too.
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Lenz (adductor), Manuel Janzer (Achilles), Arne Sicker (infection)
Suspended: Kevin Stoger
Injured/unavailable: Timo Perthel (unspecified), Luke Hemmerich (tear)
MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW
Holstein Kiel’s impressive performances continue week after week. The league’s second best attack was in scoring mood again last weekend and they easily saw off Duisburg in a 3-1 win, with the attacking trio Dominik Drexler, Kevin Schindler and Marvin Ducksch playing a convincing once again. With five wins, one draw and two defeats they are in third and by far the best newly promoted team this season.
After kicking the league campaign off with two wins, one draw and one defeat, Bochum’s euphoria grounded to a halt earlier this month as they lost two games in a row. Their performances and results have been too unpredictable lately and this prevents them from dreaming of a return to Germany’s top flight. Nevertheless they managed to stop that downtrend with a deserved 2-0 win over Ingolstadt at home on Sunday. This is bound to give them some of their confidence back ahead of this fixture.
A hard fight is expected between these two sides and although Holstein Kiel are absolutely in-form I expect Bochum to hurt them here. Draw.
SECOND PREDICTION: HALF TIME HAD – HOME WIN
Holstein Kiel have scored 11 of their 18 goals in the first half in their eight league matches. Bochum have netted just four so far away from home and have scored only one of these in first half on the road. I expect Holstein Kiel to lead after 45 minutes.
HEAD TO HEAD
These teams will meet for the first time in 2. Bundesliga