Bochum vs St. Pauli
Germany – 2. Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 28th July 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Vonovia Ruhrstadion.
Bochum and St. Pauli are set to open the new 2. Bundesliga season in the derby match of the first round on Friday evening at Vonovia Ruhrstadion.
Both teams have significantly strengthened their squads ahead of the new campaign ready to challenge the promotion to the top tier of the German football in the upcoming season.
Bochum have done an amazing job by keeping the core of the last year’s squad and adding some quality names to it between the two seasons.
The team hired Ismail Atalan as the new head coach setting up a clear goal of reaching the top three spots at the end of the competition.
Atalan’s men have been fantastic in the pre-season in which they showed a spectacular attacking form. The last test has seen a 2-2 draw with mighty Borussia Dortmund with goals from Celozzi and Losilla.
St. Pauli also made the change on the bench by hiring Olaf Jansen as the new head coach.
Much like his compatriot colleague on the other side, Jansen can be thrilled with his team’s performances in pre-season friendlies.
Freibeuter der Liga dispatched Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen 2-1 in their final friendly on Saturday.
Bochum vs St. Pauli: Head to head
The draw has been the most common of the outcomes in the history of the head to head encounters between the two sides.
However, St. Pauli have been much more successful in the most recent period as they are unbeaten in last six encounters with Bochum.
Bochum vs St. Pauli: Prediction
Five of the last six H2H meetings between the two teams ended with the option of both sides netting.
Knowing that both teams have sky-high ambitions in the new season and that both sides showed impressive attacking form in pre-season, we can expect a high-scoring affair in the season opener at Vonovia Ruhrstadion.
Bochum vs St. Pauli: Bet Tips
The BTTS is a banker bet at 4/5 odds.
Braver tipsters can try with the draw at the odds of 9/4.