Nurnberg hosts Ingolstadt in round 21 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, February 4th at Max-Morlock-Stadion (Nuremberg)
Nurnberg is one of the most popular teams in the country. And it was a grandee in the past: nine champion’s titles and four cups. But after another relegation from the Bundesliga, the Legends almost dropped to the 3rd division but managed to avoid it in the playoffs. In the last draw, Nurnberg took 11th place, which was perceived as a success. Now, under the management of a little-known specialist, Robert Claus, the Glorious Ones have a chance to finish in the group of leaders. Yes, Nurnberg has 33 points and is in seventh place. But Werder Bremen, which is ranked third, is only two points away. It is noteworthy that Nurnberg has alternated victories and defeats in seven consecutive rounds since November.
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In 2015, Ingolstadt got the right to make its debut in the top division of the country. And the Red-Blacks were even able to stay there for the second season but were eventually relegated. And after two seasons, the club went to the 3rd league of the country. In the spring, Ingolstadt managed to return to Bundesliga 2 after winning in the playoffs. However, the team turned out to be virtually uncompetitive at a new level. Before Christmas, it managed to step up and even gained the 2nd victory in the championship (moreover, Dynamo Dresden was hammered 3-0). But firstly, the Red-Blacks lost to Heidenheim and Darmstadt after a pause. Secondly, they currently have only ten points, so the chances of survival look more and more theoretical.
In July 2020, Nurnberg won in the playoffs for the right to play in Bundesliga 2, but only due to the away goal rule (2-0 at home and 1-3 away). Moreover, the Legends scored the decisive goal in the 6th added minute. In August last year, the head-to-head match between Ingolstadt and Nurnberg ended in a goalless draw. Now Ingolstadt is clearly weaker and will have to play on a foreign pitch. We bet on the victory of the hosts.