Bettors can look forward to several intriguing clashes in the second tier of German soccer this weekend.
Osnabruck vs. Hannover
Saturday, May 23, at Stadion an der Bremer Brucke
Osnabruck did well to battle to a 1-1 draw away at league leaders Bielefeld when the 2. Bundesliga resumed last weekend. However, they are still just two points clear of safety, and they have secured a single victory in their last eight games.
Hannover were due to return to action with a home game against Dynamo Dresden, but the match had to be abandoned after Dresden players tested positive for Covid-19. They will now make their delayed return against Osnabruck on Saturday. Hannover won two games on the bounce before the season was suspended in March.
If they can rediscover that form they should be able to steer clear of relegation worries. However, they are just two points ahead of Osnabruck in the standings, highlighting just how congested the bottom half of the 2. Bundesliga is right now. Hannover have a stronger squad than Osnabruck, and they should be capable of securing a result at Stadion an der Bremer Brucke this weekend.
Hamburg vs. Bielefeld
Sunday, May 24, at Volksparkstadion
The top two teams in the league will lock horns in Hamburg on Saturday and we should be in for a gripping contest. Hamburg boast a strong home record so far this season, with nine wins from 12 games at Volksparkstadion.
The stadium has a capacity of 57,000, and it normally benefits from a strong atmosphere, but this game will be played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 crisis. Yet it still provides Hamburg with a great opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Bielefeld, who are on an eight-game unbeaten streak.
Die Arminen picked up a 1-1 draw against Osnabruck when the 2. Bundesliga resumed last weekend. That result left them seven points clear of second placed Hamburg, who drew 2-2 with Greuther Furth. They are the best two teams in the division this season, and it finished 1-1 when they met earlier in the campaign. We should be in for another interesting clash on Saturday.
Karlsruhe vs. Bochum
Sunday, May 24, at Wildparkstadion
Soccer fans can look forward to a massive relegation six-pointer when Karlsruhe host Bochum on Sunday. Karlsruhe secured an impressive 2-0 home victory over Darmstadt when soccer resumed last weekend. However, it remains marooned in 17th place in the 2. Bundesliga.
There are 18 teams in the league and the bottom two are relegated at the end of the season, while the 16th placed team goes into a relegation play-off with a side from the division below.
Unfortunately for Karlsruhe, 16th placed Wiesbaden also won at the weekend, while they are just three points clear of bottom club Dynamo Dresden, who have a game in hand. Bochum climbed from 15th to 12th in the standings after beating Heidenheim 3-0 last weekend. However, they sit just three points clear of Wiesbaden and four ahead of Karlsruhe, so they are very much in the thick of the relegation battle.
Both of these teams will be full of confidence and desire on Sunday. It finished 0-0 when they met in October, and we could be in for another tight clash. Yet that 3-0 victory Bochum secured over fourth placed Heidenheim was really impressive, and they should get a result if they play like that against Karlsruhe.