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Hansa Rostock will be taking on guests Fortuna Dusseldorf at Ostseestadion in the Bundesliga 2 clash on Saturday.
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Hansa Rostock will be wanting a better result here after the 2-0 Bundesliga 2 defeat last time out to Hamburg.
In that game, Hansa Rostock managed 34% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 3 on target. On the other side, Hamburg had 18 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. Ludovit Reis (45') and László Bénes (48') scored for Hamburg.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Hansa Rostock have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Hansa Rostock have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 7 goals in the process.
Coming into this clash, Hansa Rostock have not emerged victorious against Fortuna Dusseldorf in their previous 3 league matches.
Fortuna Dusseldorf will go into this clash following a 3-1 Bundesliga 2 win to defeat Karlsruhe in their last match.
In that game, Fortuna Dusseldorf had 52% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 5 on target. For Fortuna Dusseldorf, the goalscorers were Yannik Engelhardt (14') and Christos Tzolis (55'). For their opponents, Karlsruher had 11 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Fabian Schleusener (3') and Marvin Wanitzek (57' Own goal) scored for Karlsruhe.
A series of dependable performances from the Fortuna Dusseldorf defensive players has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 outings overall. In that period of time, their forwards have scored 13. However, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend might be maintained here in this match or not.
Going into this one, Fortuna Dusseldorf are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 05/04/2012 shows that Hansa Rostock have won 2 of these games & Fortuna Dusseldorf 4, with the number of drawn results standing at 0.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 23 in all which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The previous league game featuring these sides was Bundesliga 2 match day 25 on 19/03/2023 which ended up with the score at Hansa Rostock 2-5 Fortuna Dusseldorf.
On that day, Hansa Rostock managed 41% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Goals were scored by Kai Pröger (56') and Kevin Schumacher (78').
For their opponents, Fortuna Dusseldorf got 12 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Dawid Kownacki (12'), Rouwen Hennings (20'), Matthias Zimmermann (41', 48') and Christoph Klarer (82') scored.
The referee was Patrick Alt.
Team News: Hansa Rostock
Simon Rhein (Muscular problems), Milosz Brzozowski (Metatarsal Fracture), Oliver Hüsing (torn tendon) and Lukas Scherff (Fibula Fracture) are not available for Hansa Rostock boss Alois Schwartz.
In our view, Hansa look set to go for a 3-4-1-2 formation this time, utilising Markus Kolke, Jasper van der Werff, Damian Rossbach, Alexander Rossipal, Nico Neidhart, Dennis Dressel, Janik Bachmann, Kevin Schumacher, Svante Ingelsson, Kai Proger and Juan José Perea.
Team News: Fortuna Dusseldorf
Owing to a completely injury-free group to choose from, the Fortuna Dusseldorf boss Daniel Thioune has zero fitness concerns at all coming into this clash.
We reckon that Fortuna seem likely to play in a 4-1-4-1 lineup, settling for Florian Kastenmeier, Matthias Zimmermann, Andre Hoffmann, Jordy de Wijs, Emmanuel Iyoha, Yannik Engelhardt, Felix Klaus, Í. B. Jóhannesson, Shinta Appelkamp, Christos Tzolis and Vincent Vermeij.
When taking everything into account, Hansa Rostock might have a difficult job to breach the defence of this Fortuna Dusseldorf lineup who we think will end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
That’s why our selection here is for a hard-fought 0-1 win for Fortuna Dusseldorf at the end of this game.
Hoping for a good game.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Ostseestadion (29,000)
Captain: Markus Kolke
Chairman: Robert Marien
Manager: Alois Schwartz
Competitions: Bundesliga 2 position 5, DFB-Pokal (First Round)
⭐ Star Man: Juan José Perea
Regularly used in the Striker position, Juan José Perea was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Having played his first senior match for Panathinaikos in the 2019 - 2020 season, the accomplished Forward has netted 3 league goals in the 2. Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in a total of 4 appearances.