Fortuna Koln welcome the visitors Eintracht Braunschweig in the German 3.Bundesliga – Round 24. The match will be held on Saturday, February, 16th, at the Sudstadion (Cologne).
The last Eintracht Braunschweig’s season was worst of the last ten campaigns. Throughout the championship, the team found themselves in the bottom of the table. In the last fixtures, they went down to the relegation zone and couldn’t escape from it. During the winter break, the side’s squad featured drastic changes. Despite the rotation, Braunschweig are among the top three most expensive 3.Bundesliga clubs. The remaining players are Engelhardt, Valsvik, Bulut, Newman, Marshall, Tingager, Kijewski, and Hoffmann. Many of these were key performers in the 2.Bundesliga team. Besides, Braunschweig were fortified by Amundsen, Furstner, Thorsen, and Fasko. Irrespective of the squad, the guests have blatantly failed the first half of the season though. The attained only 13 points in 19 rounds, sitting in the end of the standings. Even the change of the coach did not benefit them. The club’s management is to blame. Shubert’s only achievement is his Paderborn’s progression to the 2.Bundesliga. The coach did not stay long in St. Pauli and Borussia Monchengladbach. Looking to improve the situation, the management resorted to another profound rotation in winter. 14 players parted with the team, and 10 new performers joined. Of the newcomers, only Bar from VfR Aalen is worth noting. The changes provided for some improvements. Braunschweig racked up 7 points in 4 encounters and left the last tier. Still, it is not yet the time to say they have overcome the crisis, as the points were attained against the lower table sides.
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The hosting Fortuna Koln are not far ahead of their visitors. They take 15th place, only 2 points above the relegation zone. Fortuna replaced the manager, but Kaczmarek did not manage to bring much better results. The Polish specialist tried to change the playing scheme which resulted in the hammerings at the hands of SV Wehen Wiesbaden, 0:7, and Spielvereinigung Unterhaching, 0:6. Fortuna did not undergo serious squad changes during the winter break. The manager focused on the tactic changes. Now they play in 3 defenders. The improvements cannot be seen so far. In 2 of 3 latest rounds, Fortuna lost and won only FSV Zwickau. On the other hand, they were defeated by 3.Bundesliga leaders Wehen and Hallescher FC. Against lower table opponents, the homeside are quite successful – they were victorious over Eintracht, Energie Cottbus, and FC Carl Zeiss Jena.
In the first-round meeting, Fortuna won Braunschweig out, 0:2. The clubs’ positions did not change much since that, therefore, Kaczmarek’s men have to win on their soil and detach from the drop zone.
Prediction for the match: Fortuna Koln to win home.