Match Time：1/12/2021 03:30 Tuesday (GMT+8)
Midfielder Leon Burger returned to team training last week from a foot injury and should be available for Braunschweig’s squad. Defender Robin Ziegele had to leave the match losing to Aue with an injury.
Adam Bodzek was shown yellow for the fifth time this season during Dusseldorf’s 2-1 win over Paderborn and will be suspended for Monday’s match. Attacking midfielder Kelvin Ofori has returned from an extended break to his home in Ghana and was set to rejoin training pending coronavirus test results.
Doubtful: Robin Ziegele (unspecified)
Injured/unavailable: Niko Kijewski (knee), Felix Burmeister (knee), Benjamin Kessel (shoulder)
Suspended: Adam Bodzek
Doubtful: Emmanuel Iyoha (match fitness)
Injured/unavailable: Gokhan Gul (foot), Dennis Gorka (hamstring)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Fabio Kaufmann’s 17th-minute goal gave Braunschweig their lead in the match, but it was not to last, as Aue scored the next three to hand the visitors a 3-1 loss. Trainer Daniel Meyer lamented his team’s many mistakes, as well as the lack of personnel as the team has struggled with injuries throughout the season.
Dusseldorf took charge early in their home match with Paderborn Monday night, playing what trainer Uwe Rosler said was “the best 30 minutes we’ve had this season” on their way to a 2-1 home win. Dusseldorf remains one of two teams yet to lose at home and have won their last five league matches. The club has also improved their road performance. Since taking just one point from their first five away matches, they have won their last two road games in league play, giving them confidence as they play their next two away from home.
This is a bit of a mismatch of two teams in starkly opposing form. Braunschweig has yet to show they have made the leap in quality from the third division, while Dusseldorf is fully recovered from early struggles to rejoin the chase for promotion. Take Dusseldorf to win here.
HEAD TO HEAD
This will be the first meeting between Brauschweig and Dusseldorf since the 2017-18 season. Dusseldorf has the most-recent win in the series, a 1-0 win at Braunschweig in December 2017. The clubs had split points from a 2-2 draw earlier in the season.