Paderborn hosts Heidenheim in round 20 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 23rd at Benteler Arena (Paderborn)
In the last round, Paderborn broke its 3-match winless streak with a victory over Sandhausen (2-2) and took 10th place in the standings. The Blue-Blacks do not lay claims to the promotion, as the gap from the 3rd Holstein Kiel is too large (12 points). Nevertheless, 13 more rounds are to be played, and the margin from the relegation zone is not too big either. Therefore, Paderborn needs to gain points at least at home in order to avoid the hassle at the finish of the championship. And the team has no problems with it – it lost only to Nurnberg and the leading Hamburger SV.
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If Paderborn lost only two times at home, then Heidenheim has only two victories in 10 away matches of the tournament. The Reds lost six times and gave all three points even to the 16th Eintracht Braunschweig. At the same time, Heidenheim is one line higher than the upcoming opponent. The team conceded 27 goals in the tournament, and 19 of them were conceded away.
Judging by the way Paderborn plays at home, it is quite logical to assume that the Blue-Blacks will manage to gain at least one point in the match with Heidenheim. And the results of the last five head-to-head matches (not a single victory for Heidenheim and two defeats) only strengthen the belief that Paderborn will not lose. And I will explain my choice concerning goals scored. Heidenheim at home and Heidenheim away are two different teams. As I have already noted above, 19 out of 27 conceded goals flew into its net on the road. So, Paderborn is quite capable of scoring a couple of goals on its own. By the way, the team did in 6 out of 10 home matches. At the same time, the hosts cannot boast of reliability in defense (24 goals conceded). Yes, Heidenheim concedes from everyone in a row, but it also knows how to score (30 goals scored in the championship). As a result, Paderborn will not remain without points in the upcoming match as it did not remain in all meetings with Heidenheim. And viewers will see at least two goals scored. These opponents scored two goals in four out of five head-to-head meetings.
Prediction for the match: Paderborn to win with +0.5 handicap and Over 1.5 goals scored