Another triumph for Regensburg on Saturday
Regensburg have no new injury or suspension concerns as only striker Sebastian Freis is absent with injury. Coach Achim Beierlorzer can count on a fully fit squad against St. Pauli.
St. Pauli’s Marc Hornschuh, Waldemar Sobota, Clemens Schoppenhauer, Svend Brodersen, Bernd Nehrig and Luca-Milan Zander are still absent but are all working on their comebacks.
Injured/unavailable: Sebastian Freis (stomach)
Injured/unavailable: Marc Hornschuh (back), Waldemar Sobota (heel), Clemens Schoppenhauer (shoulder), Bernd Nehrig (calf), Luca-Milan Zander (thigh), Svend Brodersen (knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Having gone three games without a win, Regensburg’s 2-1 success over Greuther Furth at Sportpark Ronhof last Friday was just what Achim Beierlorzer and his side needed. Jahn remain in fourth, five points behind the promotion playoff place with four games left. They have been hard to beat at Continental Arena of late, losing just three and winning eight of their last 12. A win here would allow them to put more pressure on Holstein Kiel in third.
Markus Kauczinski’s St. Pauli crashed to two damaging defeats in 2. Bundesliga over the past two weeks. After a 2-1 loss at Aue, St. Pauli were beaten by Union Berlin last weekend, via a 1-0 scoreline. Worryingly for St. Pauli, they have picked up no win since the end of February. The Hamburg club are occupying the relegation playoff spot in 16th and have a four-point lead over second-from-bottom Darmstadt.
This is a huge fixture for both, but it is a game that neither side can afford to lose. However, St. Pauli have won just one of their last seven league fixtures and could struggle on Saturday again. I’m siding with a vital victory for the hosts here.
SECOND PREDICTION: TOTAL GOALS – THREE
Three of Regensburg’s last six league matches have finished with three total goals while their last six average just over three too. I’ll back three total goals here too.
HEAD TO HEAD
In the one and only previous meeting between the two at Continental Arena, Regensburg thrashed St. Pauli 3-0 in September 2012. The teams held each other to a 2-2 draw earlier this season in their most recent encounter in Hamburg.