Nurnberg to close gap on top two
Nurnberg’s key players Adam Zrelak, Enis Alushi and Sebastian Kerk will 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.
Sandhausen will be without Mirco Born, Rick Wulle, Damian Rossbach, Andrew Wooten, Stefan Kulovits, Robert Herrmann and Korbinian Vollmann, who are all injury concerns.
Injured/unavailable: Sebastian Kerk (hamstring); Enis Alushi, Dennis Lippert (both knee); Adam Zrelak (broken foot)
Injured/unavailable: Mirco Born, Rick Wulle (both knee); Korbinian Vollmann, Robert Herrmann (both unspecified); Damian Rossbach (head), Andrew Wooten (pulled muscle), Stefan Kulovits (arm)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Nurnberg are coming off an important win against Braunschweig on the road – a place where they had not won since 1968. As a result, Michael Kollner’s men are finding themselves in a very good position again and they were able to leapfrog Union Berlin despite not having had the best run lately. The match against Sandhausen, who are in bad shape at the moment should be a good opportunity for them to secure third place.
Sandhausen have one win from six league games and a journey to Nurnberg 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. They also have the best defensive line in the 2. Bundesliga – with only 15 goals conceded. There are goals in this team as well as creative players and that will give the away side hope. Above all, the last win against Darmstadt was two weeks ago.
Nurnberg’s latest win should give them a boost for the match against Sandhausen and they should be able to secure third place and close the gap on the top two with a win.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – NURNBERG
Nurnberg should get off the mark first as they did in two of their three home games against Sandhausen. Nurnberg have a +3 goal difference from their eight matches played at their own stadium and I think they will start fast again and score the opener.
HEAD TO HEAD
Nurnberg have won the two of their last three meetings at home against Sandhausen with a 2-0 scoreline but they lost the last one 3-1 in December 2016.