Fortuna Dusseldorf vs St. Pauli
Germany – 2. Bundesliga
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2018
Kick-Off at 12:30 UK
Venue: ESPRIT arena (Dusseldorf).
Friedhelm Funkel will have a tough job raising the spirits in his team’s dressing room after Fortuna Dusseldorf have lost the match in which they had been three goals up in the first half. Yes, you read well, the main promotional contenders have bagged three early goals last Friday away at Continental Arena in Regensburg, but they’ve ended up losing 4-3 to make it three straight outings without a win.
Dusseldorf have been the dominant force in this competition in the first half of the season, but their form has seen a massive stumbling block of late and they will actually come into this after clinching just a single point from last three league fixtures. Flingeraner are stills even point clear off the third-placed Holstein Kiel, but Funkel desperately needs a result here to avoid further complications in the promotional contest.
To make this worse for Funkel, his side is about to lock horns with the in-form St. Pauli team. The visitors will come into this off the back of two consecutive victories against Ingolstadt and Holstein Kiel and they will actually be the form favourites in Sunday’s tie. Markus Kauczinski has been doing a phenomenal job on the bench since taking charge of the team in December and Freibeuter der Liga are now only four points away from Holstein Kiel in third.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs St. Pauli: Head-to-head
St. Pauli lead the head to head tie by three wins coming into their 36th encounter with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Flingeraner have, however, been much more successful in H2H clashes at ESPRIT arena where they’ve won 9 and lost only 4 of 17 ties.
Three of last four H2H matches have seen both teams on the scoresheet.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs St. Pauli: Prediction
One can hardly notice the value in backing the home win at the odds of 2.10 here given that the hosts have picked up only a single pint from last three league outings.
We will thus go with the in-form St. Pauli side not to lose at 1.75 as well as with the BTTS pick set at 1.85.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs St. Pauli: Bet Tips
St. Pauli or Draw Double Chance @ 1.75
BTTS @ 1.85