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The new second division season is only two game days old and yet there has already been the first change of coach. Marco Antwerpen is the new head coach at the Würzburger Kickers, succeeding Michael Schiele, who was surprisingly released from his duties during the week.
Two clubs, where the coaches Uwe Koschinat and Timo Schultz are firmly in the saddle, face each other on Friday evening. Sandhausen receives St. Pauli. According to the odds of the best bookmakers, the advantages lie with the home side, who were able to win the first home game of the current season against Darmstadt 98 3-2.
In the table of the 2nd Bundesliga, however, the Hamburg currently ranked ahead of the Hardtwäldern. The Kiezkicker collected four points on the first two match days, even though they were the worse team at the start against Bochum (2: 2) and also in the 4: 2 home win against Heidenheim for long periods.
The footballing impressions of the past two weekends in connection with the fact that the former World Cup winner had the weakest team in the 2nd Bundesliga away from home last season, make a prognosis for the home win between Sandhausen and St. Pauli appear quite likely.
SV Sandhausen has successfully established itself in the 2nd Bundesliga in recent years. Although the Hardtwälder are actually counted among the potential relegation candidates before each season, the whites and blacks succeed again and again, despite modest financial resources, in forming a collective that moves away from the lower ranks at an early stage and usually enters the secured midfield.
After two match days, there are again some indications that those responsible and the fans in the Rhein-Neckar district are once again looking forward to a carefree season. Although the sand houses lost 1-0 in Nuremberg the previous week, they scored a deserved 3-2 win against Darmstadt 98 on the first day of the match.
In general, it was easy to see in both matches that coach Uwe Koschinat has a functioning team that also impresses with strong individual players. Even if Keita-Ruel and colleagues did not score a goal against Nuremberg, they should definitely get one or the other opportunity against a not particularly stable Pauli defensive.
It is also positive to note that 3,000 spectators are admitted to the BWT Stadium on Friday evening. The home advantage can therefore also be perceived as such. Because the Kiezkicker are also opponents of the SVS and the Hardtwälder have actually not scored as many goals against any other team as they did against Hamburg in their second division history, a prognosis for the home win between Sandhausen and St. Pauli is close.
With the exception of Engels and Linsmayer, who suffered a concussion the previous week, Koschinat, who and his team want to keep up with the top places, can draw on the full. There will probably not be many changes in the last game before the international break.
Chased from the court at Schalke, celebrated in Hamburg! During the week, FC St. Pauli landed a real transfer coup with Guido Burgstaller. Although the Austrian attacker has not made a positive appearance with the Royal Blues in the recent past, his mentality and the will to work for the team are still basic characteristics that are welcomed by the cult club von der Elbe.
In the forefront, Burgstaller will not appear from the start for the time being. The reason is Daniel Kofi-Kyereh, who has already scored three goals after two match days and has so far fulfilled all expectations after moving from Wiesbaden. It also seems unlikely that coach Timo Schultz will deviate from his 4-5-1 system and switch to two attackers, especially since the defense has so far revealed major problems.
After two game days, keeper Himmelmann had to reach behind him four times. Admittedly, the goalkeeper was still well served, because both VfL Bochum at 2-2 and Heidenheim, despite the 2-4 bankruptcy, had many good chances, but failed to put the Paulians in their place.
Nevertheless, when looking at the odds between Sandhausen and St. Pauli, it should be taken into account that the Hamburgers have so far had four points on their account, but were by no means convincing in terms of football. The 4: 2 from the previous week against last year’s third Heidenheim read outstanding and nevertheless it could theoretically have gone completely in the other direction. The good ranking does not really reflect the previous appearances.
With Buchtmann and Miyaichi, two potential top performers are still injured. Guido Burgstaller will be in the squad for the first time. Timo Schultz has some noteworthy options from the bank in the newcomers Makienkok and Boris Tashchy in Dresden. However, it is questionable whether that is enough to land the second away win in the last 19 second division guest appearances.
Sandhausen vs St. Pauli head to head matches
08.03.20 2BUN Sandhausen St. Pauli 2 : 2
29.09.19 2BUN St. Pauli Sandhausen 2 : 0
16.03.19 2BUN Sandhausen St. Pauli 4 : 0
07.10.18 2BUN St. Pauli Sandhausen 3 : 1
01.04.18 2BUN St. Pauli Sandhausen 1 : 1