It’s a classic six-pointer: When VfL Bochum 1848 play their away match at SV Wehen Wiesbaden on Sunday (1:30 p.m k.o CET), both teams will be fighting for very important points in the relegation battle. We take a quick look at our next opposition.
Although only the second-largest city in terms of population with approx. 278,000 inhabitants, Wiesbaden is the capital of Hesse. It is known for its numerous thermal and mineral springs, making the city one of the oldest spas in Europe.
SVWW's home games are played at the BRITA-Arena, which is located southeast of Wiesbaden city centre and used to have space for 12,566 spectators. However, the western stand of this purpose-built football stadium has been under renovation for almost a year, so capacity is currently still limited. The dismantling of the stand began in March 2019, with a brand-new and modern grandstand currently being built. This should not only provide a more comfortable experience for the fans, but will also provide new premises for fan support, emergency services, as well as a new club outlet. Due to the central location in the state capital of Hesse, the BRITA-Arena can be easily reached on foot, by car or by public transport.
On February 13, 2020, SVWW coach Rüdiger Rehm will celebrate his third year at the Hessian club. In the second half of the 2016/17 season, the 41-year-old coach took over with Wiesbaden in the third division, and led them to promotion to 2.Bundesliga last summer. After SG Sonnenhof Großaspach and Arminia Bielefeld, Wehen Wiesbaden is his third job as head coach. By now, he has coached them in 128 competitive fixtures, with his overall record standing at 68 wins, 19 draws and 41 defeats rather positive.
70 points, 22 wins from 38 games, the best attack in the league, scoring 71 goals - SV Wehen Wiesbaden's record last year in 3.Liga was impressive. Nevertheless, the club had to navigate through the relegation playoffs to get promotion up to the 2. Bundesliga, ending the season third behind VfL Osnabrück and Karlsruher SC. In the two-legged play-off they faced FC Ingolstadt, who were seen as huge favourites to come through the tie as victors. After the first leg, the outcome seemed a foregone conclusion after SVWW lost 2-1 at home. But thanks to an extremely determined performance, Rüdiger Rehm’s team won 3-2 in the second-leg and sensationally went up on the away-goal rule. What an achievement.
Head to Head
On Sunday, it will be a clash between two 2.Bundesliga sides in a relegation dogfight- whilst VfL are in 16th place with just 20 points before the 21st match day, SVWW have one more point and are sitting just above the Blau-Weißen in 15th. Their record is five wins, six draws and nine defeats so far, with their goal difference 24 goals scored and 37 conceded (-13) being significantly worse than VfL's (-6). The start of the season was particularly troublesome for Wiesbaden, with the Rehm team only picking up one point from their first seven games after promotion – that one point coming at Bochum of all places. Since then, however, the team has acclimatised to the new division: Wiesbaden have won seven points from their last three matches. What is striking is that SVWW are bottom in the form rankings at home, only picking up nine points in Wiesbaden. Hopefully, this bodes well for VfL Bochum on Sunday.
The last time the sides faced...
As aforementioned: SV Wehen Wiesbaden picked up their first point of the season on Matchday 4 at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion - and what a game it was! After three matches without a win at the start of the season, the visitors got off to a flying start benefitting from an extremely disorganised Bochum team. After 45 minutes, the Hessians were 3-0 up, and verything pointed towards a disastrous defeat for VfL Bochum. But in the second half the hosts fought back and were able to clinch a 3-3 draw with goals from Bapoh, Osei-Tutu and Ganvoula. Nevertheless, the performance still led to Robin Dutt leaving his post as head coach of VfL Bochum in the aftermath of the match.
Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848's head coach): It was a very emotional game today. We knew that there was a lot of pressure on us because of the last two defeats. We wanted to show today that the Hamburg game was not a flash in the pan in terms of mentality. The guys understood what it was all about. I know Rüdiger Rehm well from doing our coaching license together, so I knew that he always gets his teams together with a lot of discipline, order and aggressiveness. We got into the game well, should have taken the lead. After that we lost our way a bit, gave away balls too carelessly in midfield and Wiesbaden caused us problems with good switches of play. We have a great goalkeeper, and if he'd not played as well as he did we could have fallen behind. Before the half time it got better, and we took the lead. In the second half, Wehen threw the kitchen sink at us and tried to make life difficult for us with long balls. But today we had luck on our side. In the end it doesn't matter how we did it. Only the three points count. Many thanks to our fans, who came here from Bochum in large numbers. We have already said it: We can only do it together!
Rüdiger Rehm (SV Wehen Wiesbaden's head coach): After the Bochum team had their first early chances we got the game under control and have to take the lead. We had many opportunities, many corners. Nevertheless, we did not score a goal. Just before the break we gave them a few chances and were not so present in the 50/50s. We hoped that we could get over this phase, but we didn't manage to do so with the goal coming at that point against us. In the second half we tried everything and carved out many chances with long balls as well as through some crosses. We were dangerous time and time again, but unfortunately we could not score. The result hurts us alot today, we are hit hard because we were not rewarded for out good performance. We started and attacked our opponent well and actively, we've seldom had as many chances in a game this season as we had today. But that's part of football, we will bear the pain today and continue working. Today we lost, but we won't lower our heads and we will keep fighting.
Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848's captain): It was a victory of will today. The manner of the result doesn't matter, we got three points today and that's the most important thing. It was brutal, every single 50/50 was painful. It was a rubbish game, but it doesn't matter. Maybe it's good to win like that in our situation. We have to give Manuel Riemann a big mention, he kept us alive in several situations. We need him so much, he is very important for us. Wiesbaden put a lot of pressure on us in the end, but we did everything we could to prevent the goal and fought together. I am very happy to just take the 1-0.
Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): In the end we earned three points, that's all that matters to us. It was not pretty today. In the first half we did better than in the second. But the "how" doesn't matter today. Maybe it's one of my strengths to wait for the rebound and go into the danger zones. I am very happy that the ball fell at my feet. I am far from saying that today was a big step. We have to go game by game and put everything into context. For us it was about accepting the conditions here, it is always a bit rubbish here.
Saulo Decarli (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a real workmanlike victory today, we took the three extremely important points back home with us, we deserved it. We fought, we played anti-football at times. It was an important win, but it is still very close, everybody can see how the table looks. For us we now have to go on, look forward. We kept a clean sheet but we have to go again.
Sebastian Schindzielorz (VfL Bochum 1848's Sporting Director): "The victory was nervy today. There were a lot of good chances on both sides, we were happy that we did not concede a goal today. Manuel Riemann was excellently strong today. In the end we defended well and passionately. I'm happy not only for the team, but also and especially for the many fans who came here and supported us right from the very beginning, right from the warm-up. This must be our way. You have to put the game into context, it was two teams here playing against each other, fighting for relegation and fighting to stay up. The mental mindset also plays a decisive role in the game, you can't just play the game freely. You could see the stress and pressure that the lads were under. But now I'm looking forward to our next game, welcoming Stuttgart at home.