Heidenheim to claim their second home win
Heidenheim will miss the long-term injured Denis Thomalla while Kevin Muller will miss over the upcoming weeks too with an adductor injury.
Holstein Kiel will have to do without the long-term injured Christopher Lenz and Manuel Janzer while Arne Sicker will miss again with illness.
Injured/unavailable: Denis Thomalla (unspecified), Kevin Muller (adductor)
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Lenz (adductor), Manuel Janzer (Achilles), Arne Sicker (infection)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Heidenheim are coming off a disappointing game against Dresden in which they were not able to break through their opponents’ defensive line. They had only two shots on goal and lost 2-0. They will be aware that a repeat of such a dreadful performance will not help them when it comes to leaving the relegation zone. Coach Frank Schmid has to make changes if they want to see better days. However, they are bound to bounce back, and especially at their own stadium where they have great support from their fans. However, they are winless in the last four at home, with one draw and three defeats.
Holstein Kiel’s positive play and run have been a surprise. The newly-promoted suide have been involved in many entertaining matches this season and deservedly sit in second place in the 2. Bundesliga. They have been playing well recently and have won six of their last seven games. The team also have the best attack in the league with 21 goals scored, with attacking trio Dominik Drexler, Marvin Ducksch and Kevin Schindler convincing so far.
However, after their disappointing start to the season, I believe it is time for Heidenheim to bounce back. I think they can beat high-flying Holstein Kiel here and stop their incredible run. Home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: TOTAL GOALS – THREE
Heidenheim’s last five league games average three goals in total while three of Holstein Kiel’s last five have also seen exactly three goals. Expect this trend to continue here.
HEAD TO HEAD
These teams will meet for the first time in the 2. Bundesliga, but they have met four times in the third tier where Heidenheim have won both their home games 3-0 while their away matches ended with one win each.