Paderborn hosts Nurnberg in round 2 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, July 30th at Benteler Arena (Paderborn)
Paderborn begins a new era. In 2017-2021 the Blue-Blacks played under the management of Steffen Baumgart. It seems to be not the longest segment, but how much it managed to contain in itself! The club gained two promotions in a row (from the 3rd division to the elite), but it took only last place in the Bundesliga. In the last season of Bundesliga 2, the team showed an average result, finishing in 9th place. After that, Baumgart went to raise FC Koln, and he was replaced by Lucas Kwasniok, who worked well with Saarbrucken. The Pole started with some questions. Paderborn gained only a draw, but it was gained in the away match against unyielding Heidenheim. Yes, the Blue-Blacks didn't score, but they blunted the opponent's attacks, and Huth made five saves.
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Nurnberg is rightfully considered one of the most popular clubs in the country. But at the same time, the Glorious Ones have spent only one season in the German football elite since 2014 (2018/2019). And taking 18th place in the end, they returned to the usual level of the Bundesliga 2. The fans always expect a breakthrough from their team and want them to regain lost positions. But at first Nurnberg almost experienced the second relegation in a row (16th place), and in the 2020/2021 season, the Club managed to get to the 11th position. And it seems that the men of Robert Klauss are unlikely to pleasantly surprise their fans even now. The new championship began with a goalless home draw against Erzgebirge Aue. Yes, Nurnberg players tried to gain three points, had the initiative and delivered about 20 shots on goal, but the opponent’s goalkeeper made only three saves to issue a clean sheet in the first round.
Nuremberg has never lost to Paderborn in head-to-head matches. Moreover, the Club won all five of them. However, in 2006, it beat the opponent in the debut cup match only in extra time. Then it was easier, and Nurnberg earned three points in both matches of the previous season, scoring two goals. Both teams did not score or concede in the first round of the new championship. Yes, there were attempts to win, and the fans may well see goals on Friday, but extravaganza is unlikely to happen.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 goals scored