Fortuna Dusseldorf vs. MSV Duisburg / 2.Bundesliga – The home team occupies the first place in table, while the guests are close to the drop zone and that clearly shows which team plays better this season in the 2.Bundesliga. Fortuna won even 11 points more and it doesn’t come as surprise since it was defeated just once so far and it drew one match, which happened in the second round. Duisburg didn’t win in previous three matches and its hope lay with fact that it plays better away matches. Duel between the two teams played in Dusseldorf two seasons ago ended as 1-1 dray. Begins: 02.10.2017 – 20:30 CET
For the time being Fortuna has fulfilled all its objectives and its first place is definitely more than they expected as no one listed them among strongest candidates for that position. This team opened the season with home draw with Braunschweig and that didn’t promise much good, but then it won four matches in a row that propelled them in the top of table. Furth inflicted their first defeat, which didn’t leave a mark on them and in next two rounds Fortuna was again victorious.
Both victories were minimal and interestingly enough Fortuna won last four matches by difference of one goal. It should be said that coach Funkel frequently rotates the starting line-up, regardless of results. It was no surprise that he made changes after defeat by Furth, but he did the same after victory over Ragensburg. It all went well and two new players, Usami and Hennings had scored in the away victory over St. Pauli.
Probable lineups Fortuna Dusseldorf: Wolf – Schauerte, Ayhan, Bormuth, Gieselmann – J. Zimmer, Sobottka, Bodzek, Usami – Hennings, O. Fink
While their host plays very well returnee to the 2.Bundesliga Duisburg struggles and is again positioned near the edge of drop zone. It was already eliminated from the Cup and it won just two times in the league, both times away where they obviously play much better. Duisburg pulled one away draw, with Ingolstadt, and that was a valuable result, while at home it won just one point when it drew with Bochum in the second round. Dusibrug oscillations are incredible and for example after a sound away victory over Arminia of 4-0 it lost at home to Nurnberg by even higher goal difference 6-1.
That didn’t knock them out of rhythm and they drew after that in Ingolstadt 2-2, but in previous round they lost again at home to Kiel 3-1. Coach Gruev sent the same team on the pitch in previous two matches and it was not surprising after good result in Ingolstadt but they couldn’t repeat success. Duisburg’s first striker Tashchy got injured in previous round and that is a big handicap for this team.
Probable lineups MSV Duisburg: Flekken – Klotz, Nauber, Bomheuer, Wolze – Hajri, Frode – Engin, Stoppelkamp – Iljutcenko, Onuegbu
Fortuna Dusseldorf – MSV Duisburg PICK
At the first glance Fortuna is supposed to be a great favourite as it plays much better than Duisburg but we shouldn’t put aside Duisburg results made outside its stadium. They will probably again try to outplay their opponents and with expectedly good game of the home team it should result with plenty of goals.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 at bet365 (down to 1.70 can be played)