Greuther Fürth and Jahn Regensburg meet on Sunday in the “duel of the disappointed” from this weekend. Both teams had to say goodbye to unterklassige teams from the DFB Cup last weekend.
The shamrocks have to make amends in front of their own fans, especially since even the first home game against Erzgebirge Aue was lost and they want to spare the fans another disappointment. Important for this is that the chances are better used than it was at the game in Duisburg. Can scorer Keita-Ruel snap against the Palatine again?
With Regensburg is a team at the Franks, who made the third best away team in the last season. Also in this season, they got a point at the first appearance in foreign countries at the Bundesliga relegated from Hannover and in the Cup, they had a long time the nose ahead, before Regensburg due to a yellow-red card, the game outnumbered out of hand.
Can the red-whites also score with the shamrocks? We meet in the game Fürth against Regensburg, the forecast that it is enough for at least one point for the guests. The kick-off in the sports park Ronhof Thomas Sommer is on Sunday at 14:30 clock.
Although the Fürth were not necessarily the favorite in the first round of the MSV Duisburg Cup, it was surprising how the Franks said goodbye to the Cup last weekend. The formidable third division drew the shamrocks with 0: 2 the short and had to say goodbye to this competition. Not satisfied with the performance of his boys was head coach Stefan Leitl, who criticized the lack of attitude of some players, how to tackle such a cup fight.
Greuther Fürth seems to develop into a surprise bag in the beginning of the season. In addition to the Cup-off, the first two games of the new season were not necessarily, as you could expect it before. On the first matchday, it put a 0-2 home defeat against the surprise second-placed from Aue.
Despite a possession of 62% and a goal-scoring ratio of 24:12, it was not possible to overcome the opposing keeper. Quite different a week later in Hamburg. There were six shots to defeat FC St. Pauli 3-1. Match winner was doubles scorer Daniel Keita Ruel. Which face will the shamrocks show against Regensburg?
Last season, the White Greens finished in 13th place in the table. In particular, the miserable second half, in which they took the third few points, prevented a better placement. Currently Bayern are in eighth place in the table, just one point behind the next opponent from Regensburg. With a home win Leitl Eleven wants to pass the counterparty and nest in the upper table area.
Sebastian Ernst will definitely be missing from this endeavor on Sunday. He just celebrated his comeback after his midfoot break. He will miss the Middle Franconia for several weeks, as a screw must be removed from the broken foot again. To join the squad but could newcomer Branimir Hrgota, who has caught up his training backlog slowly.
Last season’s top ten goalscorer, Daniel Keita-Ruel, has proved himself once again in this early phase of the new season and scored two goals. It remains to be seen which tactical lineup Stefan Leitl sends his team into the game. Before the four-defensive line, he has previously chosen a different variant in each game.
In Regensburg the Bosnian Mersad Selimbegovic has been in charge since this summer. In the last season he was still co-coach of the migrated to Cologne Achim Beierlorzer and now gets from the responsible the trust expressed the Oberpfälzer to lead the new season.
The red-whites had to pull some important players in the summer. For example, Sargis Adamyan (TSG Hoffenheim) and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui (VfB Stuttgart) left the club two of their best scorers. Also goalkeeper Philipp Pentke joined the Hoffenheimers.
The previous games have shown that the new coach is not a big fan of rotations. In the two league games, he sent exactly the same first eleven on the field and also in the cup game, there were only small changes in the defense area. In the storm Selimbegovic builds on captain Marco Grüttner, who scored twelve goals last season. The Regensburger go into their fifth season as a second division. In the last two years since the rise in 2017, a single-digit table position has been achieved.
With the start of the league in the new season, the Regensburg are likely to be satisfied. From the first two games they were able to get hold of four counters with a win and a draw. At the start there was a 3-1 win against VfL Bochum and on the second match day, the Palatine fought a 1-1 draw at the Bundesliga relegated from Hannover. Had goalkeeper Grüttner not scored a penalty in the first half, even a threesome with the Lower Saxony would have been possible.
Last weekend, the Red and Whites had to play in the DFB Cup at the regional league 1. FC Saarbrücken. Things seemed to go according to plan until the 75th minute, but a traffic light card for Regensburg’s Max Besuschkow once again gave the hosts a head start and they were able to turn a 1: 2 deficit into a 3-2 victory.
It was a small setback for Coach Selimbegovic’s team. Whether the team could recover from it, the game will show on the weekend.
In the table, the Palatine are currently on the fifth place in the table and with an away three is the jump to one of the promotion places possible. Except for Tim Knipping, for whom a use comes after his herniated disc too early, Selimbegovic has all men on board.