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It was a huge relief when Karlsruhe won 2-0 against Darmstadt 98 last week. The unrest in the club, which arose from the impending bankruptcy, the resignation of President Wellenreuther and a lot of uncertainty, seemed to have been blown away, at least for a short time. But the KSC is still in 17th place and continues to have major concerns.
Nevertheless, the victory ensured that Karlsruhe vs. Bochum’s odds are very balanced. A clear favorite role cannot be seen from this, even if Bochum also came out of the break very committed and successful.
Bochum beat Heidenheim 3-0, not only making an important step in the fight against relegation, but also celebrating the long-awaited first home win since December 13, when Hannover 96 could be defeated. The starting point is clear, both Karlsruhe and Bochum have recently been able to celebrate success. The trend is rather positive after the long break, both were in good shape.
As already indicated, there was a lot of unrest in Karlsruhe during the season break. The words bankruptcy and double-track in terms of planning alone are depressing. The President also resigned, and many talks had to be held. After all, the signs are good, on the one hand in terms of the sporting component, on the other hand in financial terms.
So it is worth taking a look at the game against Bochum, in which Karlsruhe does not appear to have any chance. The appearance against Darmstadt showed that the team of coach Christian Eichner had prepared well. Top scorer Hofmann, who has now been successful twelve times, met again.
It was particularly important that Karlsruhe could keep the zero against Darmstadt. Before that, the KSC only played zero twice. With 46 goals conceded the worst defense in the league. Concentration, discipline and a stable basic order are the most important components to free yourself in the relegation battle.
Because the situation is still precarious, as the look at the table of the 2nd Bundesliga shows. Another aspect that Karlsruhe could play on the cards is that the Eichner-Elf celebrated four of their six wins of the season in the game park at home. Due to the ghost game it is unclear whether a home advantage really still exists in the usual form, but the automatisms are still in place, the routine in the preparation is known.
Nevertheless, doubts remain about stability. Darmstadt did not particularly challenge the team last week, but Bochum is coming with momentum. The distribution is still open because Bochum was not characterized by the very best consistency throughout the season.
Personnel Karlsruhe must forego one or the other player, especially on the offensive. Ben-Hatira is missing, Choi and Gueye are injured. Therefore, all hopes rest on top scorer Philipp Hofmann. In general, there is not much to be said against sending the same team to the pitch that defeated Darmstadt.
Bochum answered the open questions before the last match day in an impressive manner. Coach Thomas Reis’ team beat 1. FC Heidenheim 3-0, and the offensive around Ganvoula and Osei Tutu was particularly impressive.
Lots of changes of position, lots of opportunities and good protection through effective counterpressing were the key elements in the victory. Of course, this has to be further improved if you want to leave the danger zone as quickly as possible. But the approaches were very good.
With 43 goals, Bochum is also the best offensive from the lower half of the table and will therefore be able to put the defensive of Karlsruhe through its paces.
But there are 45 goals conceded, just one less than the worst defensive lines from Nuremberg and Karlsruhe had to accept. The last week was a good start for both, but there are still some doubts.
For Bochum against Heidenheim, it was not only the three of themselves that was important, but also the resulting development in the table. Osnabrück, Sandhausen and Nuremberg were overtaken, Bochum is now in 12th place, but that does not provide relaxation, because the gap on labor contractions in Wiesbaden, i.e. on the relegation site, is still only three points and nine goals.
Not only Karlsruhe, Bochum also has a very stable goal scorer. The 23-year-old Silvere Ganvoula, like Hofmann, has scored on the opposite side twelve times, but Bochum’s dependency is not that great, because Blum (nine goals) is another reliable scorer.
Personnel there are no major problems on the Bochum side. Youngster Bapoh is still missing, as is central defender Decarli. As on the other side, there is little reason for change.
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