Fortuna Dusseldorf hosts Nurnberg in round 20 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, January 21st at Merkur Spiel-Arena (Düsseldorf)
Fortuna Dusseldorf recently gained promotion to the Bundesliga and did not even leave it immediately. However, the newcomer traditionally did not stand the test of the 2nd season and returned to a more familiar level. Yes, Fortuna was close to a new promotion in the previous season. But in the end, the team was limited to only 5th place. And now, if there is a struggle, it is only for survival. In the first half of the championship, the Red-Whites earned only 20 points in 18 matches. This was enough to break away from the danger zone by the distance of one victory. Moreover, almost a third of points (seven) were scored in the last four rounds of December. But January began with a defeat, and a big one: 0-3 from Werder in Bremen.
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Nurnberg is a quite popular team that has a lot of trophies in its museum. But the main achievements were gained a long time ago. After the 60s, there was only one success in the form of the German Cup in 2007. Moreover, as a rule, the team plays in Bundesliga 2. And it is one of the average performers of this division. For example, Nurnberg took 11th place in the last draw. Now the popular club has clearly stepped up: according to the results of the 1st round, it managed to score three dozen points and took the intermediate 5th place. Moreover, the third-ranked Hamburger SV was ahead of its competitor only in additional indicators. But the density in the standings is extremely high: having lost at home to Paderborn, Nurnberg fell to 9th place!
Recently, the factor of the home pitch has played a key role in this pair. In five previous head-to-head matches, the home side won four times, and only in November 2020, the match in Nurnberg ended in a 1-1 draw. However, even then the hosts had a clear advantage and simply could not finally put away Fortuna. Now Nurnberg looks more solid than the representative of Dusseldorf, which is satisfied with the fact that it does not fall below. Let’s believe that the visitors will not lose.