Magdeburg vs Bochum (By: Sors)
Magdeburg comes from a 2-3 loss in the visit to Greuther Furth on Nov. 23, but the hosts showed good fighting spirit in their first match under new head coach Michael Oenning and deserved to win at least one point at "Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer".Greuther Furth opened the scoring through Daniel Keita-Ruel in the 30th minute, but Magdeburg responded with two goals from Christian Beck in the 40th and Felix Lohkemper in the fourth minute of the second half.However, the hosts showed the same old weaknesses in defense late in the game, conceding two goals in the 88th minute (Shawn Parker) and in the third minute of stoppage time (Richard Magyar).Magdeburg's defense has been the team's Achilles' heel during the entire first half of the season, as the hosts conceded a total of 27 goals in fourteen games (more than any other team in the German 2. Bundesliga with the exception of last-placed Ingolstadt), as well as three goals in four of the last five encounters against Heidenheim (0-3/away), Hamburger (0-1/home), Darmstadt (1-3/away), Regensburg (2-3/home) and Greuther Furth.Romain Bregerie (d / 7+0), Aleksandar Ignjovski (m / 11+0) and Charles-Elie Laprevotte (m / 1+0) are out due to injuries and while Laprevotte isn't a regular starter, the absence of Bregerie and Ignjovski is definitely a big blow for Magdeburg.On the other hand, the hosts managed to score at least one goal in five of their previous seven games at "MDCC-Arena" (despite winning only four points from those seven encounters / 0-4-3 9/12) and now they'll face an opponent, whose defense isn't an example of stability, especially on the road, where the guests conceded two or more goals in four of their last five games against Paderborn (2-2), Holstein Kiel (2-2), Heidenheim (2-3), Hamburger (0-0) and Greuther Furth on Nov. 2 (2-2).Bochum, however, continues the battle for promotion in the German Bundesliga, mainly thanks to its powerful attack, as Robin Dutt's men have scored 24 goals in the previous fourteen rounds (fourth-best attack in the league) and failed to score just once in six away games (0-0 against leaders Hamburger at "Volksparkstadion" on Oct. 21).Timo Perthel (d / 9+0), Maxim Leitsch (d / 8+0), Sebastian Maier (m / 6+0) and Robbie Kruse (f / 11+1) will miss the visit to "MDCC-Arena" due to injuries.I think that we'll see goals in both nets in today's match between the teams of Magdeburg and Bochum.
Magdeburg vs Bochum prediction
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