Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview with h2h stats, form guide, team news and starting line-ups for German Bundesliga clash on 16th May 2020, Saturday, scheduled to kick off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET at the Merkur Spielarena (Dusseldorf).
Paderborn will be desperate for win when they travel to Dusseldorf where they will face off against fellow relegation stragglers in Friday’s Bundesliga skirmish.
The Match Preview
Fortuna Dusseldorf needed a last-gasp Kenan Karaman strike to secure a 1-1 draw in a fiercely contested relegation battle after dominating for better part of the away game at Mainz.
The point against 05ers was second in a row for Dusseldorf’s Reds and third consecutive undefeated game for Uwe Rosler’s men, who remain four points away from safety, placed 16th on Bundesliga table.
The Rheinlanders are yet to celebrate a home win under Rosler. Since his appointment, Fortuna got a point off Eintracht and famously dropped a three-goal lead at the half time against Hertha Berlin in the 3-3 stalemate. They then suffered a tough but surely unfair 1-4 defeat against Champions League hopefuls Monchengladbach.
It was yet another disappointing night for Paderborn and their fans as Jorge Mere and Jonas Hector of Cologne pushed them onto another defeat, bringing them one step closer to swift return to the second division.
That was fourth defeat in a row for Steffen Baumgart, their sixth consecutive winless game following their short lived insurgence during transition into 2020 and they’ll need nothing short of miracle to survive in the top tier since they remain dead last, ten points off safety with nine games to go.
Not that it says much but their form on the road is somewhat better than their abysmal recent record at home as Black & Blues picked up four points from same number of trips, narrowly losing during their latest two outings at Munich and fellow strugglers, Mainz.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Stats from last 19 h2h games: Fortuna Dusseldorf 2 wins, 9 draws, Paderborn 8 wins.
- Fortuna have 1-4-5 record at home versus Black & Blues.
- Paderborn routinely dismantled Fortuna last time two met, winning 2-0 in their home ground.
- They are currently on a four-game unbeaten streak v Fortuna.
- Both sides have scored in six of their last eight encounters.
- Five of their last seven meetings ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Team News and Expected Starting Eleven
Usual suspects on Fortuna’s injury list are Dawid Kownacki, Tim Wiesner, Alfredo Morales and goal keeper Zack Steffen.
Rouwen Hennings has 11 goals to his name this season and is team’s top scorer despite not netting in a Bundesliga match this year. He was left out in the previous match-up against Mainz, but must get the nod here to partner Kenan Karaman.
Dusseldorf (3-5-2): Kastenmeier – Ayhan, Hoffmann, Suttner – Zimmermann, Stöger, Sobottka, Berisha, Thommy – Karaman, Hennings.
Steffen Baumgart got most of his injured players back during the break. But the services of Streli Mamba will be solely missed with the pacey striker out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
They are most likely to set up in a counter attacking 4-3-3 formation for this away clash.
Paderborn (4-3-3): Zingerle – Jans, Strohdiek, Schonlau, Collins – Vasiliadis, Gjasula, Sabiri – Pröger, Srbeny, Antwi-Adjei
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn: Prediction
Rheinlanders have a unique opportunity to put an end to their less than flattering sequence of results against Paderborn.
The host are in better form at the moment, playing some really good football under new manager. And chances are they will ride that wave of goodwill from good performances in recent times. Finally get all the spoils and make the relegation race much more interesting.
They will do it after the break, though. There is that pattern that repeat itself throughout the season, both for Fortuna and our unfortunate guests.
It is also likely for most of the action happening in the second half following standoff in the first, considering the importance of the game for both sides.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Paderborn: Betting tips
Fortuna Dusseldorf to Win @ 2.05
Draw at Half Time @ 2.48.