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.

 

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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.

 

The stadium

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.

 

The coach

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.

 

Their promotion

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.

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