Aue vs Holstein Kiel
Aue barely escaped the relegation last season in second tier of German football and looking at their results during the preparational period, it was obvious that the side will be having difficulties again. However start into the new season wasn't that bad for now, as the team has seven points in five rounds which might be a bit above expectations.
Still, there is no room for excitement or anything like that, since everyone knows that the season is more than long. In the most recent game, players of Aue managed to surprise and come with a three pointer on the road to Ingolstadt, playing very smart and being very concrete with the ball to their feet. Kopke brought them into the lead in 15th minute, while the hosts had more of the ball possession and were searching for an equalizer, but the guests scored second at the start of repetition via Bertram, while the players of Ingolstadt only managed to reduce the deficit in 84th via Lezcano, being without enough time to respond further.
Home team continues to miss midfielder Adler who is long term absentee and without performing so far in the season. Defender Hertner (5/0) is doubtful for this one, same as midfielder Soukou (2/1).
Holstein Kiel probably had in their mind a target to remain safe and away from the relegation battle for the first season in second Bundesliga, but the side have opened the new season in a great way. After starting draw at home against Sandhausen and defeat away to Union Berlin, they managed to get three victories and are sitting at second position having just three points less than first placed Dusseldorf.
Moreover, they have also managed to win over Braunscweig in DFB Pokal competition at home, while the side celebrated over Kaiserslautern 2:1 at home in the previous Bundesliga match last weekend. It was a quite an open game, but a deserved victory for the hosts who took the lead in 43rd minute via Lewerenz, while the guests replied via Andersson in 62nd minute. Players of Holstein Kiel showed much more determination towards the end, were willing to attack and risk and it finally paid off to them in third minute of additional time via an own goal for the final 2:1 result.
Guests can't count at defending duo Sicker (no performance so far in the season) and Lenz (4/0), plus midfielder Janzer (4/1).
- Holstein Kiel have gone 4 consecutive matches without a draw.
Both teams are coming into this match with a positive momentum, so I expect quite an open and competitive clash from both of them. Holstein Kiel plays a bit more open football than most of the opponents and should be able to score once again, while Aue surely wants to keep the momentum and will be searching for a three pointer. The chances for three or more goals are well over 50% in my eyes.