Dusseldorf vs Nurnberg by Gustav
Dusseldorf comes from a point taken away to Wurzburger Kickers last time out, in a game that ended up as a goalless match and the visiting side could be happy that they have managed to walk away with a point taken. Players of Wurzburger had bit more of the ball possession, but were way more concrete and if one of the teams was closer to get the victory, that would surely be home side.
It was second consecutive draw as the team previously drew at home against Hannover, staying undefeated in last three thanks to away victory to St Pauli before those two matches. With that run behind their back, the team slipped down to sixth position at the table, having twenty-four points earned, which is four points less than third placed Hannover. It means that the team is in a must win situation here in case they want to get back into the battle for promotional spots.
Midfielder Bodzek (13/1) is doubtful, while the home team misses defender Madlung (7/0), midfielders Duman (1/0) and team captain Fink (8/1) and forward Ngombo (6/0).
Nurnberg, on the other side, suffered a bit unexpected defeat at home last weekend, as the team lost to Sandhausen 1:3 and recorded their second consecutive defeat. However, it needs to be said that it simply wasn't their day, since the team looked terrible upfront and even though they have created much more than their visitors.
Guests took the lead in 28th minute via Wooten, but stood playing with a man less at the end of the second halftime, with the home team controlling the ball and dominating the game from that moment on. However, visitors were deadly on counters and scored two more,via Klingmann and Lukasik, while the home team only managed to reduce the deficit towards the end of the game via Burgstaller. After a run of good results, Nurnberg is now without a victory in last three matches, slipping down to eleventh position with nineteen points earned.
Visitors will miss defender Leibold (10/0) and midfielder Erras (didn't perform so far), while doubtful for this match remain defender Margreitter (3/0) and midfielder Alushi (5/0).
Nurnberg is usually playing a bit more open away from home, having less to lose and lack of pressure obviously suits them well. I expect the same from the visitors today, while players of Dusseldorf will surely be looking to get a three pointer here and get back to positive ways.