The third division is and remains a phenomenon. On the remaining ten match days, a total of eleven teams can still have realistic hopes for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga. The leaders from Duisburg and the 11th Uerdingen are separated by just five points. Two teams belonging to the wide range of aspiring aspirants will face each other on Tuesday evening in the course of the first of numerous English weeks to come.
The SpVgg Unterhaching meets Ingolstadt. According to the odds of the best bookmakers, there is no clear favorite, although the advantages from the recent impression of the weekend are likely to lie with the home side. The Upper Bavarians celebrated an important 2-0 away win at SG Sonnenhof Großaspach at the re-start and thus took second place in the classification.
FC Ingolstadt, on the other hand, continued exactly where it left off before the forced break. At home against the second team of FC Bayern, there was a sensitive 1: 2 defeat, which has already expanded the series of winless games to six. The Schanzer celebrated their last threesome on February 1st and therefore carelessly gambled away their promising starting position in the fight for the return to league two.
Since the really good quality of the Oral-Elf always has to be trusted for the turnaround, we would tend to forego a forecast in the direction of the host between Unterhaching and Ingolstadt, especially since the game association has collected more points abroad so far than at home.
However, the view of the goal market is more interesting, because given the small derby character and the importance of the match, we rather expect fewer hits.
It was a little more than two weeks ago that SpVgg Unterhaching started team training again and preparation for the upcoming final chord in league three began. Although people in the south of Germany spoke out in favor of continuing the interrupted season right from the start, the red-blues didn’t really know where they were last weekend.
The relief was written in the face of the men of coach Claus Schromm after the expected 2-0 away win with the quasi-designated relegation from Großaspach. In addition to the fact that the match association climbed to second place due to the three, there are still question marks as to how the form is when an approximately equally strong opponent is waiting who challenges the Hachingen more than the Sonnenhof community.
The first endurance test is now waiting next Tuesday. Before the duel Unterhaching vs. Ingolstadt can be predicted that two teams will meet at eye level and also pursue the same goal: the return to league two. Consequently, an intense and competitive match can be expected, in which nuances will decide whether to win or lose. The first leg in Audi City ended with a goalless draw.
Above all, the at most average home balance speaks against the Upper Bavaria. Only five of the previous 14 matches in the Alpenbauer Sportpark were able to make the red and blue victorious. There were also six draws, but only three bankruptcies. Nevertheless, this yield is currently only ninth in the home table. Only one of the past nine home games ended with a Hachinger success. In this respect, Unterhaching vs. Ingolstadt tip on the host is not recommended.
In terms of personnel, the coach cannot access all of its regular staff in the first week of English. Jim-Patrick Müller and Max Dombrowka are missing a yellow card, Marc Endres and captain Josef Welzmüller are still unavailable due to injuries. It can therefore be assumed that the game association will be careful to remain stable at the back and not concede an early goal.
Before the season, FC Ingolstadt was one of the biggest favorites for the promotion. The great experience at a higher level coupled with the high individual quality in the squad was cited as the main reasons for this. Initially, the southern Germans were able to live up to their status, but as the season continued, the shape curve tended to point downwards.
After five games without a win (one draw, four defeats), Jeff Saibene finally had to take his hat in early February. The successor, Tomas Oral, was introduced as an old acquaintance, who is already in his third term at Schanzern. The 47-year-old soccer teacher was given the instructions from those responsible to do everything possible to ensure that the promotion was successful this year.
However, his weekend debut could hardly have been worse. At home against the second team of FC Bayern, the FCI suffered a bitter 1-2 defeat and thus missed real big points in the tight tableau of the third division. Due to the bankruptcy, the Ingolstadt fell back to position nine. Nevertheless, everything is still possible in the race for the return to the lower house, currently three points behind in third place.
The guest appearance in the Alpenbauer Sportpark on Tuesday is still receiving special attention, which is due to the geographical proximity on the one hand and the fact that the Hachingen could already successfully distance the direct competitors by eight points. Losing prohibited should therefore be the motto of the oral elf.
Tomas Oral still sees potential for improvement on the offensive. In the course of the six-game winning streak series, the former first division club only managed a meager three fools. The FCI even went three times without a goal.
However, the fact that Schanzer are one of the best defensive teams with only 15 goals in 13 away games gives hope for a positive result in Upper Bavaria. In general, in matches with FCI participation in opposing stadiums, there were no three hits on average, which again as an argument for the lucrative Unterhaching vs. Ingolstadt odds on a maximum of two goals may be scored in the course of the game.
Marcel Gaus saw against the “small” Bayern yellow-red and is therefore missing missing. In return, Robin Krauße and Stefan Kutschke return to the squad after having passed the yellow card suspension. Changes in the starting eleven are to be expected in view of the short regeneration time and the poor performance at the weekend.