St. Pauli to end negative trend at home
St. Pauli will again be without the long-term injured Ryo Miyaichi, Marc Hornschuh and Philipp Ziereis while Enver Cenk Sahin and Richard Neudecker will be unavailable too.
Aue are without long-term absentee Nicky Adler and Clemens Fandrich while Dimitrij Nazarov saw a red card against Regensburg and is suspended for three games.
Injured/unavailable: Ryo Miyaichi (knee), Philipp Ziereis (muscle), Marc Hornschuh (back), Enver Cenk Sahin (knee), Richard Neudecker (unspecified)
Suspended: Dimitrij Nazarov
Injured/unavailable: Nicky Adler (adductor), Clemens Fandrich (unspecified)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Sixth placed St. Pauli took part in an uneventful 1-1 draw against Sandhausen on Monday. Following that result, the team remain unbeaten in their last three matches, but their three-game winning streak away from home has come to an end. At home, they have not impressed recently, losing two and drawing one of their last three. Aue will be considered difficult opponents, especially given the fact that St. Pauli have not managed to win any of their last five encounters with them.
Aue were lucky enough to find a single goal against 15th placed Regensburg during their 1-0 home win on Sunday. They were poor and almost ended up with a draw after Dimitrij Nazarov was sent off early in the game. Sitting in eighth, the team have been unpredictable this term, with five wins, one draw and five defeats.
Although their last victory over Aue dates back to December 2013, I think St Pauli are on a better run. They may not have been strong at home recently, but overall they haven’t lost for a month and I think they should be able to claim their second home win here.
SECOND PREDICTION: HALF TIME HAD – DRAW
Both teams have not found the net in the first half of the last three league games. In addition, two of the last three meetings between these sides have been level at half time. I expect the same again this time round.
HEAD TO HEAD
Aue have done really well against St. Pauli in the last five meetings in Hamburg where they have won three and drawn two. St. Pauli’s last home win dates back to May 2008.