Duisburg take on the visitors Bochum at “Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena” in the gameweek two of the 2. Bundesliga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 5th.
Last season Duisburg deserved promotion to the next division and promoted from the 3. Liga to the 2. Bundesliga. In summer “Die Zebras” actively played friendly clashes preparing themselves for a performance at a higher level. Duisburg showed quite successful results during the summer break, having gained five victories, one draw and two losses, while they predictably failed to SG Dynamo Dresden with 0:1 scoreline in the opening round of the 2. Bundesliga, even though the team had demonstrated consistent football. In regard to the club’s play at the home field, last season the Iliya Gruev’s side lost only twice in face of its supporters, having earned points regularly.
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Bochum have turned already into the 2. Bundesliga veteran as the club has been performing in it since 2010 with varying degrees of success. “Die Unbeugsamen” finished last season sitting on the ninth position in the standings. In summer Bochum regularly upset their rivals: the side got four triumphs, two draws and a single loss in seven friendly encounters. Still, the team entered the 2. Bundesliga season with 0:1 defeat to St. Pauli in front of its fans.
I believe that both opponents cannot count for more than a place in the mid-table in this season while the home-field advantage usually plays crucial role in a head-to-head of the sides of nearly the same level. Thus I presume that the hosts will pick up their first points after their return to the 2. Bundesliga.
Prediction for the match: Duisburg to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.