Nurnberg take on the visitors Wehen in the round 4 match of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Sunday, August 27th at Max-Morlock-Stadion (Nuremberg).
Nuremberg started the season by facing similar opponents in the form of Hansa Rostock, Hannover, and Osnabrück, and managed to gather four points in these matches. In the opening round, Der Club played against local team Hansa Rostock and suffered a defeat with a score of 0-2. However, if you look at the expected goals (xG) statistics, you can see that Nuremberg's players should have scored at least three times. In the second round, they faced Hannover, and from the perspective of the final result, the match turned out more favorable for Christian Fiél's team, ending in a 2-2 draw. Nuremberg was very close to defeat and arguably deserved it, but managed to recover from being two goals down, including one scored from a penalty in added time. In the third round, Nuremberg faced Second Bundesliga newcomer Osnabrück, and in this match, Der Club displayed its capabilities fully, securing a victory with a 3-2 score. Despite being an away game, the team looked very convincing, leading by a three-goal margin until the 84th minute. A slight lapse of concentration towards the end allowed the opponent to score two goals, but nothing more than that.
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Wehen, for several reasons, appeared to be the least competitive among the newcomers, but in reality, their start has been quite successful. Wiesbaden has accumulated seven points and is among the top three teams in the league. Under the guidance of Markus Kauczinski, the team began with a draw at home against Magdeburg (1-1). In this match, the hosts played almost the entire second half with a numerical disadvantage. Then, Wehen surprised everyone with narrow victories over Hertha and Karlsruhe. Both victories came with a minimal advantage (1-0), and it's worth noting that the win against Hertha was secured in Berlin, while the victory against Karlsruhe was at home. It can't be said that Wehen deserved victory in both encounters, but thanks to organized defense and efficient attacks, they managed to get the most out of these matches.
In terms of tactics, Nuremberg have somewhat changed this season, leaning more towards an attacking style. The team is scoring more goals, but at the same time, it has become harder to keep a solid defense. Wehen's style of play resembles last year's Nuremberg, where organized defense was the primary focus. Perhaps this is what allows Wehen to achieve results compared to other newcomers who seem to prioritize attacking actions. I assume that Wehen will once again emphasize their defensive organization and look to catch Nuremberg on counterattacks. Nuremberg currently lacks a balance between attack and defense, which could become a decisive factor in this case. Therefore, in my subjective opinion, Wehen have a good chance of extending their unbeaten streak and at the very least not losing in Nuremberg. Prediction:
Prediction for the match: Wehen not to lose.