34. Matchday

VfL Bochum 1848VfL Bochum 1848
3: 1
SV SandhausenSV Sandhausen

So,  23.05.202115:30 2. Bundesliga

The end of the season is here! SV Sandhausen are visiting the Vonovia Ruhrstadion ahead of our last game of the 2020/21 2. Bundesliga season. Both sides have a lot riding on this game and clear aims in minds. Whilst Bochum will be promoted to the Bundesliga with a point, Sandhausen also need a point to avoid relegation. This is our LOOK AHEAD at SV Sandhausen:

THE MANAGER

After Uwe Koschinat and Michael Schiele both came and went in the first half of the season, Gerhard Kleppinger took over as interim coach in February. The 63-year old had been co-manager of Sandhausen in 2012. He’s previously coached at SV Darmstadt 98, FSV Frankfurt, FC Schalke 04’s second team and Rot-Weiss Oberhausen.

THE MATCH-UP

VfL first played SV Sandhausen after their promotion to the 2. Bundesliga in 2012. Since then, the two sides have met 17 times. These have resulted in six Bochum wins, three Sandhausen wins, and eight draws. The last three meetings have all ended without a winner. The last was a 1-1 draw in January – Robert Zulj equalised after Kevin Behrens had given Sandhausen the lead.

THE BALANCE-SHEET

There’s a lot riding on this game for both sides. After a poor first-half of the season, with only 15 points and two managerial changes, Sandhausen have stabilised and won five of their last eleven games. Currently a point above sixteenth and three points above seventeenth, they’re anything but safe in the 2. Bundesliga. However, they’ve lost fifteen of their sixteen games on the road this season, with their only win coming against the already relegated Würzburger Kickers. They’ve picked up 31 of their 34 points at home this season.