As Spring looms, so does the prospect of the end of the seasons in Europe. Now on the verge, with only 8-9 games left in the leagues, let’s take a look at who could be contending for promotion in the German 2. Bundesliga.
1st – FC Ingolstadt 04 – 48 points
Analysis: They are top for a reason. Their 13 won games is most in the league as is their +18 goals difference and 40 goals scored. Averaging almost 2 goals a game gives you a solid chance to come up while their 3 losses is 2nd to only the team chasing them for the title, a team they also drew 2-2 in both fixtures this season.
Verdict: Title Winners – Promotion
2nd – SV Darmstadt 98 – 45 points
Analysis: A team that refuses to lose is as good a contender as any to come up and Darmstadt are that team. Only 2 losses in their 25 games is why they sit second, but their 12 draws why they’re not first. They will give a host of problems to anyone who play them and are defensively very sound. Solid team.
Verdict: Runners-Up – Promotion
3rd – 1. FC Kaiserslautern – 45 points
Analysis: A team constantly playing attacking football Kaiserslautern have some real quality play but are often abysmal away from home. In fact, their road travels has netter them a 2-6-4 record away from home so far, which amounts on only 12 of their 45 points. They also have yet to travel to Karlsruher, whom are in 4th and only 2 points out of 3rd place.
Verdict: 4th – First Team Out
4th – Karlsruher SC – 43 points
Analysis: Karlsruher look good value for promotion by the ned of the season. They arguably do not score as much at home than on the road but have only been beaten once at home. They have to host Kaiserslautern and Darmsradt before season’s end, which could provide tricky waters to navigate but they also have to host the bottom 2 clubs before season’s end.
Verdict: 3rd – Play-off Promotion spot, should win play-off
5th – Eintracht Braunschweig – 37 points
Analysis: Eintracht are in 5th because of their 11 wins, but could have ended up in the bottom hal with their 10 losses. They’re just too unpredictable and inconsistent to grant them any kind of promotion hopes and I feel the bell is already tolling with them 6 points out as it.
Verdict: 7th – No Promotion
6th – Fortuna Dusseldorf – 36 points
Analysis: Dusseldorf tend to give up too many goals as is to see any chance at promotion but they do also love to avoid losing. 9-9-6 isn’t a bad season by any means but their home form of 3-4-4 is room for improvement next season.
Verdict: 6th – No Promotion
7th – RB Leipzig – 34 points
Analysis: Leipzig are a poor man’s Southampton essentially. They have just 2 road wins and boast a 2-6-4 record when away from home, but their only 18 goals conceded is 2nd best in the entire 2. Bundesliga. 26 goals scored is also lowest in the top half of the table. Away form and goal scoring need to be a focus in the summer.