Duisburg vs Magdeburg
German 2. Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 1 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg).
Both Duisburg and Magdeburg struggled badly in the first part of the season. They both showed signs of improvements after the winter break catching a glimmer of hope for saving the second tier status for the next season as well.
The visitors stepped up in a much greater fashion, though. They won three and drew two of five league outings in 2019. It’s a thread which saw them escape the relegation zone entirely.
They are now three points adrift of relegation play-offs and five above rock-bottomed Sandhausen and Duisburg. Maintaining such tremendous spell of form and avoiding a defeat here could be crucial for their ambitions.
Duisburg vs Magdeburg: Head-to-head
This will only be the fourth head to head encounter between the two teams.
Duisburg won one and drew two of past three meetings.
Teams shared spoils in a six-goal thriller when they met each other in late-September at MDCC-Arena.
Duisburg vs Magdeburg: Prediction
The Zebras managed to clinch a 3-2 victory over Darmstadt in the second game of the year. It was a super important win confidence-wise for them, but they failed to build on it losing three on the spin in all competitions later on.
The main problem for the head coach Torsten Lieberknecht was the lack of meticulousness at the back as Duisburg allowed three goals on two occasions during the mentioned three-loss thread. The attacking line is significantly improved with the addition of Norwegian forward Havard Nielsen who bagged three goals in five appearances for the team.
The Zebras managed to hold mid-table Erzgebirge Aue to a goalless draw last weekend to raise the spirits ahead of this super important tie with Magdeburg. However, we just have to see the value in backing the visitors at 2.62 knowing about their superb form at the start of the year. They won two on the spin on travels in 2019 (0-1 against Ingolstadt and 1-3 over Arminia Bielefeld).
The alternative bet will be Magdeburg to net two or more goals in the match at 2.50.
Duisburg vs Magdeburg: Bet Tips
Magdeburg to win @ 2.62 (13/8)
Magdeburg Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.50 (6/4).