St. Pauli take on the visitors Magdeburg in the round 4 match of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Sunday, August 27th at Millerntor-Stadion (Hamburg).
As of now, St. Pauli, having accumulated five points, shares the 6th-7th place with Hannover. The Pirates won their opening match away from home against Kaiserslautern with a score of 2-1, scoring the winning goal 15 minutes before the end of the game from a penalty kick. Then Fabian Hürzeler's team played two consecutive draws with the same score of 0-0 against Fortuna and Greuther Fürth. However, the context of play in both of these matches was different. While against Fortuna, the Pirates were much closer to victory, a draw against Fürth was a more reasonable and somewhat desired outcome. Additionally, St. Pauli crushed Delmenhorst's team in a cup match with a score of 5-0.
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Magdeburg are currently undefeated, having gathered seven points from three matches. The draw in the match against Wehen (1-1) in the first round is the only game that left a bitter taste since Magdeburg could have expected a victory. What wasn't achieved in the first battle was compensated in the two subsequent games. First, Magdeburg confidently defeated Eintracht Braunschweig (2-1) on their home turf, and then engaged in a vibrant away battle, outgunning Holstein Kiel with a score of 4-2. It could be argued that luck was on Kiel's side in the match, but that doesn't change the essence of the situation. Furthermore, Magdeburg was able to transfer its streak of positive results to the German Cup, where Christian Titz's team defeated Regensburg (2-1) and advanced to the round of 16.
In this match, two teams meet that have not experienced the bitterness of defeat so far. This doubly complicates determining the favorite, although the bookmakers consider St. Pauli as such. This might be due to personal encounters since the Pirates have a clear advantage in this aspect, having won 6 times and drawn once. I, on the other hand, don't want to delve into predicting the outcome of this match as I find it highly unpredictable. However, the likelihood of both teams scoring is quite high in my opinion. This bet has been successful in all of Magdeburg's played matches at the start of the season, and St. Pauli, in one way or another, cannot consistently play to keep a clean sheet since they are not fundamentally a defensively-oriented team. Prediction: Both teams to score.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes.