Regensburg to claim fourth home win in a row
Regensburg will not have Sven Kopp at their disposal.
Bochum’s Timo Perthel and Manuel Riemann are both absent with injuries.
Injured/unavailable: Sven Kopp (pulled muscle)
Injured/unavailable: Timo Perthel (knee), Manuel Riemann (adductor)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Regensburg’s excellent run of four wins and one draw looks likely to be extended with the visit of Bochum. Following their 1-0 win away at Darmstadt last Sunday, they have now kept a clean sheet in their last two league games and are unbeaten in their last three at the Continental Arena, scoring three or more in each. Coach Achim Beierlorzer has found the right balance between defensive and attacking play and the team have been doing very well to frustrate their opponents recently.
Bochum finally returned to winning ways at home against Union Berlin last Sunday, beating the fourth-placed club 2-1, but they are a team who have been struggling on the road, having recorded only one win in their eight away games. That leaves them in 16th place in the away form standings, with only bottom teams Kaiserslautern and Greuther Furth having a worse record.
Regensburg are on fire and should get the three points in front of their fans. Home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – REGENSBURG
Regensburg should get off the mark first after opening the scoring in their five most recent league games. The team have a +2 goal difference from their eight matches played at their own stadium and I think they will start fast again and net the opener here.
HEAD TO HEAD
Regensburg have hosted Bochum only once in the 2.Bundesliga, losing 1-0 in 2013. However, they won their away game 2-0 that season.