On Friday night, VfL Bochum 1848 will be at the Millerntor stadium in Hamburg, facing FC St. Pauli. After the relief of securing our first home win over FC Nürnberg last Monday, the Blau-Weißen are determined to extend this positive run of form, despite head coach Thomas Reis’ hand being forced into making changes to his starting line-up.


After being forced to name only six players on the substitutes’ bench against Nuremberg, Reis told journalists today that Sebastian Maier and Saulo Decarli will be missing again on Friday. ‘Stefano Celozzi has missed training due to a hip injury and won’t be able to play either,’ Reis added. With Cristian Gamboa out for at least another week, it seems that Jordi Osei-Tutu will be the logical solution to the problem. “He has a lot of quality and did well after coming on on Monday. If he starts tomorrow, he will be eager to take this chance and I have full confidence in him.”


The good news is that two key players will be coming back in Silvère Ganvoula after his suspension and fan favourite “Patti” Fabian returning after a minor operation. Ganvoula’s understudy however did make a positive impression on Reis when Ganvoula was unavailable against FCN: “It was good to see that we are able to replace Silvère. Manuel Wintzheimer scored in his first start and the lads will all remember that.”


Consequently, the mood in the travelling camp will be positive but a lot of concentration will be required to avoid returning home empty-handed. “The win over Nürnberg was vital but we still have a long way to go - we need to replicate our first half performance. “A match against St Pauli on a Friday evening – it’s a very special setting. We are intent on showing that our recent performances were no flukes and that we are prepared for anything and everything that Pauli throw at us,” declared Sporting Director Sebastian Schindzielorz.