Goals will flow between these teams
Nurnberg’s key players Adam Zrelak and Sebastian Kerk miss out with long-term injuries while Dennis Lippert is out with a knee problem, but he does not play an essential role at the club.
Dresden are still without the long-term injured Pascal Testroet while Soren Gonther has problems with his Achilles tendon and will miss out again.
Injured/unavailable: Sebastian Kerk (hamstring), Dennis Lippert (knee), Adam Zrelak (broken foot)
Injured/unavailable: Pascal Testroet (knee), Soren Gonther (Achilles)
MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW
Nurnberg claimed an exciting 4-3 away win against Darmstadt in round 10. It was their sixth win of the season and they have climbed into third place with a positive goal difference of +10. Furthermore, the team have scored 17 goals in their last five matches, or an impressive average of 3.4 goals per game. If they can keep their goalscoring form going – Mikael Ishak has scored seven goals in the last five matches and Cedric Teuchert has netted in the last three – then t will be hard to stop them.
Curiously enough, Dresden have been superior away from home than in front of their own fans. Following their 2-2 draw with Ingolstadt last weekend, they have secured just five points at home so far, but have registered eight on their travels via two wins, two draws and one defeat – the third best tally on away turf in the league. In addition, 11 of their 15 goals have been netted away.
I expect a close encounter which will end in a draw.
SECOND PREDICTION: CORRECT SCORE – 2-2
With Dresden scoring 11 in five away matches – the third highest in the league – and Nurnberg nearly averaging two goals at home too, I expect goals for both sides and it is just a case of how many. Nurnberg’s only draw this season ended 2-2 while two of Dresden’s four draws also finishing with the same scoreline – and I can see a repeat here.
HEAD TO HEAD
These two teams have met ten times in the 2. Bundesliga, with Greuther Furth winning eight and losing only two.