Match Time：1/5/2021 03:30 Tuesday (GMT+8)
Matthias Zimmerman and Luka Krajnc both missed training in the final week before the winter break, but are expected back for this match.
Midfielder Ron Schallenberg was cautioned twice during Paderborn’s 2-0 win at Osnabruck and will be suspended for Monday’s match. Paderborn advanced to the last 16 of the German Cup with a 3-2 win over Union Berlin in their final match of 2020.
Injured/unavailable: Gokhan Gul (foot), Dennis Gorka (hamstring), Emmanuel Iyoha (match fitness)
Suspended: Ron Schallenberg
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Dusseldorf travelled to play with St. Pauli for their final league match of 2020 and returned home with all three points from a 3-0 victory. Uwe Rosler’s allowed their hosts a few chances early but slowly took control of the match in posting their second-consecutive clean sheet. Regular goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier was back in the team after being suspended for a match earlier in the week. Dusseldorf ended their league season on a four-match winning streak, out-scoring their opponents 11-3 since last dropping points.
Paderborn were in complete control during their 1-0 win over Osnabruck. Steffen Baumgart’s side had several good chances early, and once their hosts went to ten men in the 34th minute, took an even larger share of possession. Even so, it wasn’t until the 56th minute the visitors broke the deadlock, going ahead in the 56th minute via Sven Michel’s first goal of the season.
Dusseldorf are unbeaten at home this season and have won all of their last four league matches. Paderborn have scored just six goal in their seven road games of league, but have also allowed only six away from home. Of these two clubs relegated from the Bundesliga for this season, Dusseldorf has adjusted better to life in the second division. Take the home side.
HEAD TO HEAD
The last league meeting between these clubs came in the Bundesliga and ended a scoreless draw back in May. Paderborn had won 2-0 at home earlier in the season. Dusseldorf has failed to score in their last three games with Paderborn. Paderborn has two wins and two draws from their last four league meetings with Dusseldorf.