Bielefeld to beat leaders Dusseldorf
Bielefeld can count on the same team as in their previous matches. Christopher Nothe will be out with a knee problem and Baboucarr Gaye will be miss this game with a finger injury.
Dusseldorf will be without first ‘keeper Michael Rensing again due to a broken rib, but they have no further injury concerns.
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Nothe (knee), Baboucarr Gaye (finger)
Injured/unavailable: Michael Rensing (broken rib)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
From relegation candidates to promotion hopefuls – Bielefeld’s season has been an absolute success so far as they sit in fourth place with 17 points and a +2 goal difference. They are unbeaten in their last three games scoring five goals and beat fellow promotion contenders Nurnberg 2-1 away from home last time out. One key reason for their success so far could be down to the fact that they have a very balanced team which Jeff Saibene leads very well.
Dusseldorf claimed an impressive 3-1 win in their derby at home against Duisburg before the international break. It was a game that they dominated throughout and they were 3-0 up until conceding a goal in 57th minute. The club remain at the top of the 2. Bundesliga and boast a goal difference with +8. They have scored at least one goal in all of their 2. Bundesliga matches this season and Rouwen Hennings has found his scoring touch as he scored his third and four goal in the last two games.
Dusseldorf knocked Bielefeld out of the cup in August and Bielefeld will be ready to take revenge. I’ll back a home win here.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – BIELEFELD
Bielefeld have score first in two of the last three home fixtures against Dusseldorf. They have also opened the scoring in eight of their last nine league matches. I would not be surprised if this trend continues here.
HEAD TO HEAD
Bielefeld lost to Dusseldorf in the cup in extra time in August, but they claimed a 2-1 win at home when the teams last met in the league in April.