Nurnberg take on the visitors Kaiserslautern at "Grundig Stadion" in the opening round of the German 2. Bundesliga of 2017/2018 season. The match will be played Nuremberg on Sunday, July 30th.
Nurnberg have failed last season: before the start of the previous season the club had announced a target for the season - promotion to the elite division, however, it managed to occupy only the 12th place in the table with 42 points earned and negative 46-52 goal difference. This summer "Der Club" jettisoned the ballast and spent 2.3 million EUR on the squad's enforcement, being determined to fight for the promotion to the Bundesliga. During the break Nurnberg conducted six clashes and won all of them with 24:5 aggregated score, having confirmed their great plans for the season.
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Kaiserslautern have finished the previous season sitting on the 13th position in the standings with 41 points gained and 29-33 goal difference. In summer the club mostly rented the players and engaged the free agents, having sold the goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck to Hamburger SV for 3.5 million EUR. "Die roten Teufel" got three victories and two defeats with 20 goals for and five goals against in five friendly summer encounters.
Last season the rivals swopped by the home victories: 2:1 and 1:0. The hosts had the more productive summer, plus they will play in face of their supporters and set a goal of promoting to the elite division, consequently, they should start the season in the 2. Bundesliga by taking three points and arranging a favourable margin for the season.
Prediction for the match: Nurnberg to win.