Match Time: 6/28/2020 21:30 Sunday (GMT+8)
Trainer Ole Werner will not be back with the team through the end of the season due to “personal reasons.” Attacking midfielder Jae-Sung Lee missed Holstein Kiel’s 4-1 loss at Osnabruck with a nagging groin injury. Salih Ozcan also was kept out of the match with a hip issue. Right back Phil Neumann saw a red card for a tactical foul in the first half of the match and will be suspended Sunday.
Central defender Konstantinos Mavropanos continued to battle muscular issues that forced him to miss Nurnberg’s 6-0 loss to Stuttgart. Central defender George Margreitter was forced from the match with a head injury following a collision.
Suspended: Phil Neumann
Doubtful: Alexander Muhling (knee)
Injured/unavailable: Janni Serra (knee), Jae Sung Lee (groin), Salih Ozcan (hip)
Doubtful: Konstantinos Mavropanos (muscular issues), George Margreitter (head)
Injured/unavailable: Patrick Klandt (heel), Andreas Lukse (muscular issues), Fabian Nurnberger (muscular issue), Iuri Medeiros (muscular issue)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Holstein Kiel had to play short-handed for the final 64 minutes of their visit to Osnabruck, leading to a 4-1 defeat. The visitors were already down two goals when right back Phil Neumann was shown red for his professional foul, and got on the scoreboard only through an own-goal that made it 3-1 in the 78th minute.
Nurnberg followed their 6-0 win earlier in the week with a 6-0 home loss to Stuttgart Sunday. A win would have assured Nurnberg of their spot in the 2. Bundesliga next season, but it was clear from early in the match that it was not to be for Jens Keller and crew, as the visitors had little resistance building a two-goal lead in the first half-hour of the match. Nurnberg still control their own destiny in any case. A win keeps them out of the bottom three completely, and the club can finish no lower than the relegation-playoff spot.
Holstein Kiel may show a different face at home, but in Osnabruck looked like a team that had accomplished what it needed to accomplish and would be happy to be done with the season. Nurnberg have taken points in three-consecutive away matches in high-pressure situations and can do it again here. Take Nurnberg to win.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO - HIGH
This fixture features two of the league’s four most-generous defenses. Only Wehen has allowed more goals than the 57 shipped by Nurnberg this season. Holstein Kiel has conceded 55 so far this season.
Nurnberg has never lost to Holstein Kiel, December’s league meeting was ended in 2-2.