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Paderborn take on away team VfL Bochum at Benteler-Arena in this Bundesliga 2 fixture on Saturday.
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SC Paderborn 07
Paderborn won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 2-1 Bundesliga 2 loss in their previous game against Nuremberg.
In that game, SC Paderborn 07 managed 60% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The only player to score for SC Paderborn 07 was Christopher Antwi-Adjej (44'). For their opponents, 1. FC Nürnberg had 15 shots at goal with 5 on target. Manuel Schäffler (36') and Tom Krauß (75') scored for Nuremberg.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games where SC Paderborn 07 haven’t conceded. The facts show that Paderborn have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 10 goals along the way. That sort of trend won’t necessarily follow through into this match, of course.
Heading into this fixture, SC Paderborn 07 haven’t won at home in the past 3 league games.
VfL Bochum go into this encounter following on from a 2-1 Bundesliga 2 win with the defeat of Holstein Kiel in their previous outing.
In that game, VfL Bochum managed 47% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for VfL Bochum was Simon Zoller (5', 60'). At the other end, Holstein Kiel got 9 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Alexander Mühling (81') scored for Holstein Kiel.
In the course of their 6 latest matches, Thomas Reis's VfL Bochum have turned their attacks into goals 10 times - yielding them the goals per game average of 1.67.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that VfL Bochum:
- have not lost to SC Paderborn 07 when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head to head meetings going back to 26/07/2015 tells us that Paderborn have won 2 of these & VfL Bochum 3, with the tally of draws being 1.
A total of 17 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 6 of them for Paderborn and 11 being from Bochum. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Bundesliga 2 match day 11 on 11/12/2020 when it finished VfL Bochum 3-0 SC Paderborn 07.
The match was refereed by Tobias Stieler.
Team News: Paderborn
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just one fitness concern for the Paderborn gaffer Steffen Baumgart to be concerned with from an otherwise fully-primed set of players. Nicolas Bürgy (Cervical spine injury) is sidelined. Sebastian Schonlau cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: VfL Bochum
Owing to an otherwise full-strength squad, there is only the sole fitness issue for the VfL Bochum manager Thomas Reis to be concerned about. Vasilios Lampropoulos (Muscle Injury) misses out for this game. The players who will not be able to play in this game through being suspended are Danny Blum and Robert Zulj.
Our thinking is that VfL Bochum and Paderborn should both get enough opportunities to score, although it’s hard to separate the two.
It appears that a draw might be on the cards. That is why we are leaning toward a very close game with a 1-1 score draw at the end of this game.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Benteler-Arena (15,000)
Captain: Sebastian Schonlau
Chairman: Elmar Volkmann
Manager: Steffen Baumgart
Competitions: Bundesliga 2 position 10
⭐ Star Player: Dennis Srbeny
Generally played in the Striker position, Dennis Srbeny was born in Berlin, Germany. Having made his senior debut playing for Hansa Rostock in the 2013 - 2014 season, the skilful Forward has managed to score 12 league goals in the Bundesliga 2 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 27 appearances.