Another Dusseldorf win seems likely
Dusseldorf will be without first ‘keeper Michael Rensing again due to a broken rib, but they have no further injury concerns.
Zlatko Janjic, Borys Tashchy, Nico Klotz and Tim Albutat are still on Duisburg’s list of absentees.
Injured/unavailable: Michael Rensing (broken rib)
Injured/unavailable: Zlatko Janjic (knee), Tim Albutat (ankle), Borys Tashchy (ankle), Nico Klotz (adductor)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Dusseldorf are coming off a very successful week with wins against Regensburg (1-0) and St. Pauli (2-1). The club remain at the top of 2. Bundesliga, while they boast a positive goal difference with +6. They have scored at least one goal in all their previous seven league games as well as at home in every game this season so far.
Duisburg will travel to Dusseldorf having not won in their last three games, while they have also conceded at least two goals in each of those three matches. Following their 3-1 home win against newcomers Holstein Kiel last time out, they have only picked up just two wins in eight league matches so far. However, they are unbeaten in their last three road games and have scored eight goals in those matches, but they have been missing key striker Borys Tashchy, who has scored four times already, due to injury.
In this derby there can be only one winner – Dusseldorf. Home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – DUSSELDORF
The home team should get off the mark early with Rouwen Hennigs most likely to score. Dusseldorf have scored first in three of the last four league matches against Duisburg and I expect this to continue.
HEAD TO HEAD
Dusseldorf’s all-time home record against Duisburg in 2. Bundesliga consists of nine wins, seven draws and three defeats. They have not lost one of their last eight matches against Duisburg in front of their supporters.