St. Pauli welcome the visitors Hamburger SV in the German 2.Bundesliga – Round 25. The match will be held on Sunday, March, 10th, at the Millerntor-Stadion (Hamburg).
The hosting St. Pauli presently take the 4th line in the 2.Bundesliga standings, running 1 point behind Union Berlin and 4 points behind the visiting Hamburger SV. They don’t only claim the 3rd league’s tier and the right for the Bundesliga knockouts, but the automatic promotion to the elite division as well. If they win on Sunday, Hamburger’s handicap will reduce to 1 point only.
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The visitors have again handed the top place to Koln. 3 rounds back, they ended level against Heidenheim, and 2 rounds back, they conceded to Regensburg. In the previous encounter, Hamburger won Greuther Furth, but the ‘Billy Goats’ made best use of the situation and overcame the ‘Dinosaurs’.
For most of their history, St. Pauli compete in the 2.Bundesliga, whereas Hamburger dropped there from the elite division for the 1st time, so, the ‘Kiezkicker’ have enough support (if not a greater one) in Hamburg. No matter the league the sides compete, the tournament they clash, and the form and the squad they feature, the derby between them always turns tight. There isn’t the slightest whiff of tanking to the home people even in light of the league placements. Moreover, each team claim promotion. The coming match will surely be hard-fought, and St. Pauli, oddly enough, look favorites. First, no one will blame them if they don’t advance to the elite division. Their fans are used to that. If Hamburger fail to progress though, it won’t be just criticism. Heads will roll. So, the weight of responsibility will press on the management, the players, and their actions on the pitch. Furthermore, St. Pauli are not that much afraid of their renowned opponents. Of 5 head-to-heads this century, they lost 2, drawed 2, and won 1. The sides are quite equal by their play these days, and it’s quite possible they may end level on Sunday. Still, the home Millerntor-Stadion is somewhat advantageous for the ‘Kiezkicker’, though both teams come from the same city. St. Pauli’s own pitch, own сhanging room, and great support may help them to win.
Prediction for the match: St. Pauli to win or Draw.