Match Time: 3/14/2020 01:30 Saturday(GMT+8)
Despite suffering a broken bone in his hand the weekend prior, defensive midfielder Manuel Prietl was in the Bielefeld starting eleven for Monday night’s draw in Stuttgart.
Striker Assan Ceesay returns to the Osnabruck squad from a three-match red card ban.
Injured/unavailable: Nils Quaschner (knee), Brian Behrendt (knee ligament), Andreas Voglsammer (broken foot)
Injured/unavailable: Simon Haubrock (ankle), Etienne Amenyido (heel)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
A 76th-minute equalizer helped Bielefeld maintain their six-point edge over second-place when they left Stuttgart with a point from a 1-1 draw. Uwe Neuhaus’ crew unbeaten since the winter break, a streak of seven league matches in which they’ve earned five wins and two draws. Dating back to last October, Bielefeld has lost just once in their last 17 league matches.
Osnabruck’s tough start to the 2020 portion of their campaign may have reached a low point last weekend when they lost at home to fellow relegated side Wehen 6-2. Osnabruck took an early lead through Benjamin Girth’s header in the third minute, but conceded two goals in the next four minutes on their way to allowing five unanswered first half goals. Daniel Thioune’s team has taken just three points from their last eight league matches and have not won since mid-December. The points drought has dropped Osnabruck to twelfth in the table, with just four points separating them from Wehen, current owners of 16th place and the relegation-playoff spot.
Bielefeld is building toward a league title, having yet to lose in 2020, while Osnabruck has yet to win since the break. This should be all Bielefeld.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE - BIELEFELD
Bielefeld has five clean sheets from their last seven matches. They should control this one from front to back.
Bielefeld beat Osnabruck 1-0 in October. Osnabruck has scored just one goal in their last five 2. Bundesliga matches against Bielefeld.