On Sunday, in the second Bundesliga, VfL Bochum and 1.FC Nuremberg, who are currently experiencing very turbulent times, will meet one another. The home debut of coach Robin Dutt is eagerly awaited, as the VfL desperately needs points in the fight for relegation. However, the matchday calendar does not like the new coach, but brings him to the debut on the Castroper street just the leaders from Franconia. We would like to analyze whether the Bochumern in this duel against the team of coach Michael Köllner is a success darzurau.
VfL Bochum will not rest this season. With Robin Dutt was the last week in the unlucky 0-1 away defeat in Heidenheim already the fifth coach since the start of the season after Gertjan Verbeek, Ismail Atalan, Jens Rasiejewski and interim solution Heiko Butscher on the sidelines. In addition, after long struggles and sports director Christian Hochstätter was fired (in the fall had already installed by him as a team manager son go) and replaced by Sebastian Schindzielorz. New is also the last week Ilja Kaenzig. The Swiss is thus after almost twelve years (most recently he was active as a manager at Hannover 96 from 2004-2006) his comeback in German professional football and acts in the future as the CEO.
Sporting, it was very mixed before Dutt’s enthronement. Only the last home game could be won under the guidance of Butscher against Darmstadt 98, before it set four defeats in a row. In January, ex-captain Felix Bastians also dropped a leading player and crowd favorite, but due to his behavior outside of the pitch, he was no longer uncontested. The Bochumers will want to build on their last home appearance, where they could draw the long-suffering audience back on their side with great dedication, fight and running. If the team shows these virtues, the Bochum are promising against any opponent in the second division, as there is no shortage of footballing class. Names like Sidney Sam, Kevin Stöger and Robbie Kruse eventually even managed to raise hopes for VfL ahead of the season, but far too often did not exploit their potential.
The Nuremberg took over the league standings with their 3-1 home victory against MSV Duisburg last weekend and are also the best away team in the league with 23 points from eleven games. The club is easier in the stranger in the teams from the top half of the table and won in recent weeks in Dusseldorf and Union Berlin. On the other hand, in the more competitive teams like FC St. Pauli and 1.FC Kaiserslautern, they did have a harder time and had to settle for a draw twice. The Franks have to give up their top striker Mikael Ishak for a few weeks because of an inside torn. A bitter failure, especially with top talent Cedric Teuchert recently another offensive ace the club (direction Schalke 04) left. The Nurembergers were able to compensate this impressively against the Duisburg, but it remains to be seen whether this will succeed in the long run.
Overall, the development under coach Michael Köllner, since this took over in March 2017 at the club, but impressive. The FCN presents itself as a real top team, which should not be taken the rise, even if the team should still afford some slip-ups. The first leg won the Nuremberg 3-1, although the statistical data did not speak so clearly for them, as the result could suggest. Thus, for example, the corner ratio and the duel quota were balanced and more ball possession even had the Bochum recorded. However, as so often this season, the club was characterized by greater efficiency – a feature that makes for top teams.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.66