Competition: Bundesliga II
Market: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 10/11 @ 888sport
With a chance to move within touching distance of the promotion spots, Dusseldorf will host fellow second-tier returners Paderborn at the Merkur Spiel-Arena on Monday night.
Starting with the hosts, while a heavily-altered Fortuna Dusseldorf might have came crashing out of the DFP Pokal away at lower-league Rot-Weiss Essen before heading into the festive break, the Reds were enjoying a real second-tier purple patch. Despite losing their Bundesliga status over the summer, they made the decision to stick with Uwe Rösler and they have an immediate promotion charge at the top of their agenda. Last seen on second-tier duties when picking up yet another 3-0 romp against St. Pauli on the road, the former Brentford boss has seen his side win each of their last four Bundesliga II contests on the spin. Showing a real clinical edge in front of goal and really bouncing back from that woeful 5-0 drumming at the hands of Bochum when drawing a close to November, it is worth noting that Dusseldorf have seen each of their last six contests across all formats finish with over 2.5 goals by the final whistle.
As for the visitors, while Fortuna might have come crashing out of the DFP Pokal against lower-league opposition last month, Paderborn really shocked many across Germany. Putting in a hugely impressive display away at Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin on December 22nd, Steffen Baumgart’s men landed a 3-2 victory on their travels and they should be relishing a return to action on Monday night. Looking to simply find some stability after suffering three straight second-tier contests on the bounce last month, the Blacks suddenly find themselves opening the New Year enjoying a three-match unbeaten run. If Paderborn are to cause what would be an upset at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, then Baumgart will be desperate for his side to find some stability at the back. Shipping at least a pair of strikes in four of their last five appearances, we’re backing another lively showdown on Monday night.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals at Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn 10/11 for Monday’s Bundesliga II contest @ 888sport
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