Holstein Kiel’s unbeaten run continues
Holstein Kiel will have to do without the long-term injured Christopher Lenz and Manuel Janzer while Arne Sicker will miss again with illness.
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 miss this game with a finger injury.
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Lenz (adductor), Manuel Janzer (Achilles), Arne Sicker (infection)
Injured/unavailable: Christopher Nothe (knee), Baboucarr Gaye (finger)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Holstein Kiel claimed an impressive 5-3 victory on the road against Heidenheim last time out – it was a game in which top striker Marvin Ducksch scored three. The club from the north of Germany remain second in the division boasting the best goal difference of +12. They have scored at least three goals in every one of their last three league games while Marvin Ducksch found the net again against Heidenheim, making it goal number six, seven and eight of the season for him as he continues to fire on all cylinders.
With two wins, one draw and two defeats in their last five matches, Bielefeld have been inconsistent at best lately and they need to bounce back from their latest disappointing home result to avoid losing sight of the top three. They lost 2-1 at home to leaders Dusseldorf last weekend but have won the last two road trips, scoring four and conceding just one goal.
I expect Holstein Kiel to continue their amazing winning streak against difficult opposition. Home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: TOTAL GOALS – FOUR
Holstein Kiel have the best attack in the league with incredible 26 goals scored after ten matches while Bielefeld have already registered 15 but have also conceded the same amount. I expect that goals will flow in this game and with Kiel’s and Bielefeld’s last five averaging 4.40 and 3.40 goals in total respectively I predict exactly four here.
HEAD TO HEAD
Holstein Kiel have played only once against Bielefeld at home in 2.Bundesliga and managed a high-scoring draw 3-3 in that game.