Erzgebirge Aue hosts Holstein Kiel in round 22 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, February 11th at Sparkassen-Erzgebirgsstadion (Aue)
Erzgebirge Aue is considered the historical grandee of German football, but only in East Germany. In the days of that country, the Violets had three championship titles, but after the unification, they could only fight for the Saxony Cup. They even left Bundesliga 2 in the 2015/2016 season. And now there is a risk of returning to the third division. Yes, the bosses of Erzgebirge Aue did not hit the mark with the appointment of Shpilevsky in the summer. But the young Belarusian was fired already in September. And the club didn’t manage to improve its results even after that. Suffice it to say that the Violets gained only one draw and suffered six defeats in the last seven rounds. Now the Violets are in second place from the end.
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Holstein Kiel could well be fighting in the top division of the country right now. But according to local regulations, the team that takes third place in Bundesliga 2 does not gain direct promotion and has to face the 16th team of the top division in the playoffs. And having won the first away leg against FC Koln, Holstein Kiel limply lost 1-5 at home. It seems that the Storks couldn’t recover from that blow for months. And it was only in December that they began to earn points regularly. The previous year ended with a draw against Sandhausen and a victory over St. Pauli. And Holstein started January in the same style. Although the matches were away, the club managed to earn one point on the pitch of Schalke and beat Jahn Regensburg (1-2). And then a late single goal brought the Storks a home victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, such results allowed the representative of Kiel to get only into the top ten of the current standings.
Holstein Kiel has successfully played against Erzgebirge Aue. In the last six head-to-head confrontations, the Storks gained two draws and four victories, including 3-0 at the beginning of the new season. Erzgebirge Aue is very weak at the moment, and Holstein has gained good momentum. However, we recommend betting on the visitors’ victory with a zero handicap.