Narrow victory for the hosts in a top clash
Ingolstadt have a fully fit squad available against Holstein Kiel.
Holstein Kiel will have to do without the long-term injured Amara Conde.
Injured/unavailable: Amara Conde (foot)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Ingolstadt’s top three ambitions were dealt a huge blow last weekend as they lost to leaders Dusseldorf 3-0. After an average first half to their season, the Schanzer have further gone off the boil in recent weeks, winning only two, drawing four and losing four of their last ten league games. As a consequence, Stefan Leitl’s men have dropped down to seventh in the table.
After an unbeaten run of six matches and 15 points from a possible 21, Holstein Kiel were brought down to earth with a 3-1 home loss against fellow promotion rivals Nurnberg last Monday. However, that was only Kiel’s third defeat in 13 league games, with three wins and seven draws during that time. Nevertheless, gaining automatic promotion to the top flight has now become unlikely for the team from north Germany with five points separating them from Nurnberg. With Dusseldorf amongst their opponents in the final three matches this season, Kiel will be eager to register a good result here – especially as they are only two points ahead of Regensburg in fourth – but their confidence will have received a knock after last weekend’s defeat
Ingolstadt have not convinced recently, but this will be an important match for them. I’ll back the Schanzer to win this one.
SECOND PREDICTION: ODD/EVEN – ODD
Both Ingolstadt’s home victories against Holstein Kiel have come by one goal. Back odd total goals to be scored in Ingolstadt’s favour at the Audi Sportpark this weekend.
HEAD TO HEAD
These teams will meet for the first time at Audi Sportpark in the 2. Bundesliga. The reverse fixture in Kiel finished goalless.