Hamburger SV hosts St. Pauli in round 20 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, January 21st at Volksparkstadion (Hamburg)
Hamburger SV remains a legend of German football and one of the most popular clubs in the country. But at the same time, the team that played in European competitions not so long ago does not even manage to get in the top three in a weaker division. Moreover, now there is one more alarm signal. In the first seasons after relegation to the Bundesliga 1, the Red Shorts were in the lead for a long time and slowed down only at the end of the championship. But after the 1st past of this season, Hamburg has noticeably lagged behind the pair of leaders. It is clear that the Red Shorts need to step up as soon as possible. A week ago, playing in Dresden against Dynamo, the favorite was limited to another draw (1-1).
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St. Pauli is considered a regular of Bundesliga 2. Once the League Buccaneers played in the elite division, but this was still an exception. In the last draw, this club from Hamburg took tenth place. And now the men of Timo Schultz (a fairly well-known football player in the past, who finished his career here and received the position of head coach in 2020) have become the main sensation of the first round. They managed to earn 36 points in 18 matches. Yes, in December, the League Buccaneers first tied against Fortuna Dusseldorf and then suffered a romp in Kiel from the local Holstein, but such results didn’t prevent them from becoming the “winter champions.” It was an alarm bell, but St. Pauli players probably didn’t hear it: the 2nd round began only with a draw against Erzgebirge Aue (2-2). Moreover, the League Buccaneers pulled it out only in the 93rd minute!
In the last nine head-to-head matches, Hamburg gained only one victory over their neighbors. At the same time, St. Pauli was able to win five times, including in August (3-2). Do not forget that the teams played in the cup this week. After a long vacation, playing on such a schedule is exhausting. Therefore, we recommend betting on Under 3.0 goals scored.