One and a half weeks after the start of the second half of the Bundesliga season, the 2. Bundesliga will return from the training grounds to the stadiums. Bielefeld and Bochum will meet on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in the first 2. Bundesliga of the year. Why this extraordinary start date? And who are the favorites for promotion? Who is playing for relegation? Our round-up for the 2nd Bundesliga.
2.Liga starts on a Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (CET)
As in the previous year, the 2. Bundesliga starts off during the week. The leader of the table begins: Arminia Bielefeld opens VfL Bochum in the Duel of Westphalia on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (CET) Not a really fan-friendly kick-off time, but the German Football League (DFL) wants to give the exclusivity at the start of the second division football house. An English week is not planned for the 1st Bundesliga in January. In addition to the games on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., other games are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Other interesting games on this 19th matchday: The third-placed VfB Stuttgart welcomes the fourth from Heidenheim on Wednesday at 18:30. On Thursday at 8:30 p.m. the duel between the former first division clubs from Hamburger SV and 1. FC Nürnberg awaits us.
Promotion places: Arminia Bielefeld mixes up the top
Fabian Klos did it. The captain of Arminia spoke openly about the ascent. “The chance is there now, and who knows whether it will come back again. Probably not for me personally at 32, ”said the attacker in an interview with magazine “11 Freunde“. Confidence is fueled by the cushion of three points on the pursuers and top favorites from Hamburg and Stuttgart. Behind Arminia is an outstanding year 2019: 65 points in 34 games – if coach Uwe Neuhaus’s team continues, Bielefeld will play first class next season.
HSV and VfB remain in the pursuit role for the time being. After a strong start to the season, both second division heavyweights (the market value of Stuttgarts team is more than three times as high as that of Bielefeld) got stumbled towards the end of the year. For the Swabians, the results were not particularly good abroad: only two wins abroad meant that coach Tim Walter was out just before Christmas. The new coach is the former assistant coach of TSG Hoffenheim, Pellegrino Matarazzo.
At Hamburger SV, the balance looks similar. Coach Dieter Hecking sits on his saddle much more safely, but he and his team only scored seven points from the last seven games. Unworthy of an ascender. HSV investor and chief critic Klaus-Michael Kühne now sees the rise as “skeptical” according to the „Hamburger Abendblatt“.
Behind the top trio there is a horde of potentially dangerous middle-class clubs that have one or two chances to slip into the top 3: above all FC Heidenheim, who lost only one of the last nine games and only one point behind HSV and VfB in fourth place. Aue, Osnabrück, Regensburg and Fürth are still within walking distance of the ascent places.
Relegation places: will Dynamo Dresden still turn around?
The SG Dynamo has been in the basement – and has been for months. Six points behind relegation place 16, which 1. FC Nürnberg currently occupies, is already a house number. For the Saxons, the pressure is particularly high in the front: only 17 goals are by far the weakest value in the 2nd Bundesliga. It also looks defensive, only Wehen Wiesbaden and Karlsruher SC have conceded more goals than Dresden. After all, the preparation under the new trainer Markus Kauczinski was quite passable: three wins with clean sheet against Zwickau, Dinamo Bucharest and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. But: attacker and dynamo record shopping Moussa Koné is about to move to Ligue 1 club Nimes. Right at the start of the year, it goes against the KSC, who could only win one of the last seven second division games and just finished 15th overall.
Wehen Wiesbaden and the former first division clubs from Nuremberg, Hanover, Bochum, Darmstadt and St. Pauli are also heavily involved in the relegation swirl. The 11th and the 16th separate only two counters. So tension is inevitable!
Here you can see the 2. Bundesliga live on TV
Sky has full exclusive rights for the 2. Bundesliga in the 2019/20 season. That means, only the pay TV broadcaster shows all games live in Germany. Highlights are available in the Saturday sports show on the ARD as well as at RTL Nitro in 100% Bundesliga on Monday evening. Sport1 also shows highlights of the games every Sunday from 9 a.m. in their show Hattrick Pur – 2. Bundesliga.
Odds: The 2. Bundesliga at Tipster
HSV is still the top favorite for the promotion. Tipster currently offers the odds of 1.25 on the resurgence of the former Bundesliga dino. The promotion odds of VfB Stuttgart (1.4) and Arminia Bielefeld (1.5) look a little more lucrative. Anyone who believes that HSV will win the second division championship should take the odds of 3.2. Outsiders like Erzgebirge Aue or VfL Osnabrück are quoted with a 15.0 or 20.0 for 1st place of the 2. Bundesliga.