Duisburg to continue with their unbeaten run
Zlatko Janjic and Pierre de Wit are still on Duisburg’s list of absentees, but there are no fresh injury worries for Ilija Gruev.
Aue are without long-term absentee Nicky Adler while Dimitrij Nazarov saw a red card against Regensburg three weeks ago and is suspended for another game.
Injured/unavailable: Zlatko Janjic (knee), Pierre de Wit (unspecified)
Suspended: Dimitrij Nazarov
Injured/unavailable: Nicky Adler (adductor)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Duisburg produced one of the surprise results of the week on the road against Sandhausen in round 13. They put up a 4-4-2 formation and did well to frustrate their opponents, claiming a 1-0 win. Ilija Gruew’s men had been in good form before that win, with one victory and two draws. They now sit in 12th in the table and have a disappointing goal difference of -4. However, their recent unbeaten streak has allowed them to move away from the relegation places and they are bound to be full of confidence.
Following their 1-1 draw at home against Bielefeld last timeout, Aue only have one win from five league games and a journey to Duisburg will prove a tough test of their credentials. They remain in seventh despite that poor run which is in large part down to a good unbeaten streak earlier in the campaign. However, they are not the best travellers with two wins, two draws and two defeats even though there is a lot of potential in the squad.
I believe Duisburg are capable of taking the victory here and with their impressive form of late, it seems difficult to look beyond them. Home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – DUISBURG
Duisburg should get off the mark early in this game as they did in two of the last three matches against Aue, scoring the first goal in both. The team have also scored the opener in two of their last three league matches and this will most likely continue here. I think they will net the first goal.
HEAD TO HEAD
Duisburg are unbeaten in the last six home matches against Aue, winning the last four and drawing two.