After most of the leagues that are of interest to German fans resumed playing for a long time, the second Bundesliga is now opening its doors again. An English week is back in full swing. Even in the German lower house, the deadline pressure is noticeable due to the EM in summer.
The 19th game day will continue in 2020. Probably all teams have a lot planned for the new year. Jahn Regensburg is committed to delivering something similar to 2019. The opponent from Hanover, on the other hand, will try to catch up and climb as far as possible in the classification.
In the table, the Regensburgers are in a great seventh place. The gap to the upper relegation place is five points less than the cushion to the lower relegation rank. The preparation at SSV Jahn was very relaxed. Due to the classification, the Mersad Selimbegovic team should be favored on Tuesday.
Hanover can only be found at position 13. The Lower Saxony fell far short of their potential in the first half of the season. The direct ascent to the Weider was the goal. Now the 96s have to look to separate themselves from the relegation zone and expand the two-point cushion. Hannover hardly needs to deal with the topic of the Bundesliga this season.
On the first day of the game after the winter break, it is no easy task to provide a concrete forecast between Regensburg and Hanover. The current form is only known from test games. In this regard, the Jahn did much better. Maybe that’s why a bet on a home win between Regensburg and Hanover makes more sense.
It will have to be seen whether the processes and automatisms are already working again. The preparation indicated that this was more likely to be the case with Jahn, while Hanover could not convince in the tests. The kick-off for the 19th matchday in the second Bundesliga between Jahn Regenburg and Hannover 96 in the Continental Arena will take place on January 28th, 2020 at 19:30 p.m.
In Regensburg you stay rather modest after a great first half of the season. Overall, Mersad Selimbegovic hopes that the goal of staying in class will not be a tightrope move. If the Jahn builds on the first 18th matchday and can score similarly, a place in the secured midfield will be won in the end.
If, however, the people of Regensburg come out of the starting blocks well, then maybe even participating in the fight for the Bundesliga is possible. The people of Regensburg mainly rely on their home strength, which they could call up before the winter break. Jahn has not been defeated in their own stadium for five games.
In addition, the team of Mersad Selimbegovic played a great preparation. There were two wins and two draws in four official friendly matches. However, the big challenges were not included. The biggest endurance test was the game against FC Ingolstadt, which ended with a 1-1 draw.
Last Thursday in the dress rehearsal there was a relaxed 5-0 win against Blau-Weiß Linz, which was once again good for self-confidence. Jann George, Sebastian Stolze, Marco Grüttner, Markus Palionis and Erik Wekesser were the goalscorers. After this success, the odds for a Jahn victory between Regensburg and Hanover should look even more attractive.
Captain Marco Grüttner, who will be leaving the club at the end of the season, only records that he and his colleagues have decided to go one better in the second half of the season. It could already be seen on Tuesday whether this will work.
When it comes to injuries, Jahn Regensburg got through the preparation extremely well. On Tuesday, Mersad Selimbegovic will not have to do without a single injured player. However, the Jahn still has legacy problems in its luggage. Andreas Geipl (yellow-red) and Benedikt Gimber (yellow card suspension) will be suspended against Hannover 96.
Where is the path from Hannover 96 going this season? Attacking the top spots would certainly be presumptuous in view of the current mixed situation, but the Lower Saxony have an enormous amount of quality in the squad, so that the relegation battle should not be an issue in the long run. The game in Regensburg may already show where the journey is going.
During the winter break there were some interesting personal details. Sports director Jan Schlaudraff was dismissed because of different views of the direction. With Dominik Kaiser (Brondby) and the Swedish international John Guidetti (Alaves), two new players have been hired, who are expected to provide a lot of impetus on and off the pitch.
These impulses were felt in the preparation, but only marginally. In contrast to Regensburg, Hanover chose tough chunks as a friendly opponent. There were three narrow defeats against the Bundesliga clubs Paderborn, Bremen and Wolfsburg. The Lower Saxony did not go beyond a draw against the regional league team Viktoria Berlin at 3: 3.
In four test games, the 96s remained without a win. It is important, however, that it now works in the second division when it comes to points again.
That is why Kenan Kocak does not hang the results too high in preparation. It is more important for the trainer when it comes down to being fully there. That means a win against Regensburg.
In view of the test matches of both teams, the Lower Saxony are going to Bavaria as easy outsiders. The bookmakers give slightly lower odds for a home win. Overall, however, it looks as if a forecast for a division of points could be appropriate in the match between Regensburg and Hanover.
The newcomers John Guidetti and Dominik Kaiser are expected in the starting eleven on Tuesday. However, three players will be missing due to injuries. Dennis Aogo, Daniel Hansen and Timo Hübers are still in the hospital. The use of Hendrik Weydandt is questionable.