Visitors to take all three points at Schuco Arena
Bielefeld’s Nils Quaschner is set to miss this game with a knee injury.
Nurnberg’s key player Sebastian Kerk will miss out with a long-term hamstring injury while Enis Alushi and Dennis Lippert are both out with knee problems.
Injured/unavailable: Nils Quaschner (knee)
Injured/unavailable: Sebastian Kerk (hamstring); Enis Alushi, Dennis Lippert, Mikael Ishak (all knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Bielefeld came from two goals down to earn an excellent 2-2 draw with Heidenheim at Voith Arena last Sunday. Bielefeld are sitting in seventh having won nine, drawn eight and lost eight of their 25 2. Bundesliga games so far. They have lost only one of their last seven league outings and are five points adrift of the promotion playoff place, but four of those games have been draws.
Nurnberg suffered a 2-0 defeat against Greuther Furth in the Franconian derby on home soil last Saturday. After picking up just one point from their last two games, the team have now slipped into second place and are trailing new leaders Dusseldorf by two points. Nevertheless, Michael Kollner’s men are still the favourites to win the division. No team in the second tier have taken more than Nurnberg’s 24 points on the road – but they are winless in the last two road games, with both ending goalless.
After losing the top place in the 2. Bundesliga, Nurnberg will be looking to hit back here. It could be close, but I’m backing the visitors to leave Schuco Arena with all three points on Friday.
SECOND PREDICTION: ODD/EVEN – EVEN
Five of the last seven competitive meetings between these two sides have finished with even goals, with Nurnberg registering four wins during that stretch. Take a punt on even goals to be notched at the Schuco Arena on Friday evening.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have met 15 times at Bielefeld since 1979 across all competitions, with the hosts winning seven, drawing two and losing six.