Eintracht to claim crucial home win
Braunschweig have Christoffer Nyman out injured while Joseph Baffo and Steve Breitkreutz have both suffered a knee injury and are unavailable, too.
Ingolstadt have a fully fit squad available against Holstein Kiel.
Injured/unavailable: Joseph Baffo, Steve Breitkreutz (both knee); Christoffer Nyman (adductor)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Braunschweig are still well and truly embroiled in a relegation battle, having struggled to pick up good results in April. They played to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Bielefeld at Eintracht Stadium two weeks ago before losing 2-0 on Monday to second-placed Nurnberg at Max Morlock Stadium. In fact, they secured only three points from a possible 15 last month.
Sitting in 14thplace, they are just one point above the drop zone, with the teams behind them in better form, and they need points desperately.
Ingolstadt are out of the race for the promotion playoff spot after losing 5-1 to third-placed Holstein Kiel at Audi Sportpark last Sunday. Following that second defeat in a row, Stefan Leitl’s side are now trailing Kiel by ten points. The Schanzer have had a very inconsistent season, with 11 wins, nine draws and 12 defeats, and given their league position in ninth place, they have nothing left to play for.
Neither team are in good form, although home advantage could turn out to be the deciding factor. This is a bigger game for Braunschweig and my money is therefore on a narrow Eintracht win here.
SECOND PREDICTION: ODD/EVEN – ODD
This could be a close matchup at Eintracht Stadium and one goal could be enough to win it. Four of Braunschweig’s last five home wins have come by one goal, so back odd goals to be scored in Braunschweig at the weekend.
HEAD TO HEAD
Two of the last four fixtures between this pair have ended in Braunschweig’s favour, with the other one was a goalless draw and a home win for Ingolstadt. Braunschweig also have the edge at Eintracht Stadium with three wins and one draw.