Heidenheim to roar to victory
Heidenheim’s Maurice Multhaup remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury. Furthermoe, Frank Schmidt cannot count on captain Marc Schnatterer and Timo Beermann, who are both out with fresh injuries.
Sandhausen will be without Tim Kister and Ken Gibson, who are both out due to injury concerns.
Injured/unavailable: Marc Schnatterer (pulled muscle), Maurice Multhaup (unspecified), Timo Beermann (stomach)
Injured/unavailable: Ken Gibson (calf), Tim Kister (broken foot)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Heidenheim’s form has improved drastically at just the right time of their campaign. After losing four in a row, FCH have now won one and drawn one to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. After beating leaders Dusseldorf 3-1 on their own turf two weeks ago, they followed that up with a 1-1 draw against Union Berline at Alte Forsterei. However, the team are still in need of points because they sit only one point above the drop zone with three rounds left to play.
Sandhausen look to have blown their chances of finishing in the top three after only one win, three draws and one defeat in their last five league fixtures. Despite taking the lead early in their last league outing, Sandhausen could not contain bottom side Darmstadt in a hard-fought 1-1 home draw last Saturday. Kenan Kocak’s men are now seven points behind third-placed Holstein Kiel.
With Heidenheim needing one more win to be sure of survival, they will be aiming to take the game to the visitors from the very first whistle. These two have played out some very close matches and I expect the same again but fancy Heidenheim to edge it at Voith Arena – back the home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: ODD/EVEN – ODD
Five of Heidenheim’s last eight home victories have come by a one-goal margin. With that in mind, have a punt on odd total goals to be scored in Heidenheim this weekend.
HEAD TO HEAD
There have been eight encounters between these teams at Heidenheim, with the hosts winning four, drawing three and losing one.