Erzgebirge Aue hosts Bochum in round 22 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, February 19th at Sparkassen-Erzgebirgsstadion (Aue)
Erzgebirge Aue looked good in the previous season and finished in a respectable 7th place. The current draw was held at about the same level. There were no unexpected results, and the team was steadily holding on to the upper part of the standings. Of course, with such a tight schedule as it is now, the Violets cannot do without recessions. And after a couple of victories, Dirk Schuster's men have been experiencing another decline since the end of January. Yes, Aue managed to gain a 3-3 draw with Hamburger SV. But it didn’t earn points on the road in recent weeks. Greuther Furth defeated the Violets with a 3-0 score. And last Saturday, Heidenheim scored two unanswered goals at home.
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After relegation from the elite, Bochum has been permanently playing in Bundesliga 2 in the last decade. Sometimes the Blues claimed a new promotion, and sometimes there was a theoretical risk of relegation. But on the whole, the team was considered one of the middle peasants of the division. This was confirmed by the 8th place in the last draw. But now Thomas Reis's charges look unexpectedly solid. They knocked out Mainz from the cup but then ran into RB Leipzig and got four unanswered goals. However, Bochum was probably not really upset by that result, as it fights for the leadership in Bundesliga 2. Having won seven of the last nine matches, including both recent ones (2-1 with Osnabrück away and 2-0 with Eintracht Braunschweig at home), Bochum moved up to 2nd place. Now the team has 42 points - the same as Hamburg and Holstein. But one of the three will be superfluous and go to playoffs (unless someone else like Greuther intervenes). Therefore, Bochum needs only victories.
Bochum successfully plays with Erzgebirge. In the last six head-to-head matches, the Violets won only once, and the Blues did it five times, including three victories in a row. By and large, the hosts don't need anything in the current season. Bochum is obliged to play to win with an unmotivated middle peasant.
Prediction for the match: Bochum to win