Bochum vs Munich 1860 by Gustav
Bochum surprised everyone with a perfect start they have - four victories in first four rounds and impressive performance in DFB Pokal game against amateur Salmrohr few weeks ago. More importantly is that their victories didn't came against weaker sides, on contrary, players of Bochum have won over Paderborn and Freiburg away from home, as well as against Duisburg and most recently, Nurnberg in front of their own fans.
Last weekend they welcomed Nurnberg and maybe it was the toughest game for them till now, as the things didn't go as planned with the visitors taking the lead already in second minute thanks to a goal from Burgstaller. However, from that moment on it looked like only one side was playing while the visitors were limited to a passive role and defending only. Equalizer came in 37th minute via Terodde, while the hosts deserved scored the second as well, in 64th minute via Haberer. Till the end of the game, hosts continued with their dominant role and the final result could have only been a bigger margin victory for them. Bochum's coach Verbeek has started all previous four matches in the same lineup, so he obviously found his winning combination and will surely stick with it as long as it works.
After two starting defeats, against Heidenheim and Freiburg, it could be said that Munich 1860 is slowly getting into the form as they come from two consecutive draws, however the team didn't impress a lot in neither of these two matches. Most recently, they come from a goalless draw at home against Union Berlin, side that is known for their weaker performances away from their own home.
Munich did play better in that one, but was also helped with the fact that they played with a man more since 63rd when Union's defender Kessel got excluded and a penalty awarded for the home side. However, neither that helped them, as the penalty got missed, while other few chances were squandered later on. Scoring goals and creativity remains their biggest problem as the team has scored only two till now, both in a 2:2 draw against Nurnberg two weeks ago. Striker Hain remains injured and they are expected to play with only one striker here - Okotie. Central defender Vallori, left back Bandowski and defensive midfielder Sthal are all injured from the start of the season.
Midfielder Liendl signed for them from Fortuna, but isn't expected to start here.
After four rounds played, we could say that these two teams have really nothing in common - Bochum is having a perfect start and great atmosphere inside the locker room, while the visitors from Munich already find themselves near the relegation battle, just where they belonged in previous season as well. Everything except home victory of a really effective side would be a huge surprise here for me.