TSV 1860 Munich vs. SSV Jahn Regensburg Match Day 1 Preview
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This weekend sees the start of the Bundesliga 2 season, and what better way to start than with a local Bavarian derby as TSV 1860 Munich play against newly promoted side SSV Jahn Regensburg.
It’s been eight years since these two sides met in any competition, and surprisingly it was the promoted team who came away with the victory. Regensburg won that match 2-0.
However, TSV are a club with rich vein of history. Although 1860 have not been able to replicate the dominance of their city rivals FC Bayern, and in 2003/2004 they found themselves relegated to the second division, TSV started last season with points to prove, staying unbeaten until the winter break.
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The second half of the season wasn’t so fruitful. Reiner Maurer’s team weren’t able to maintain their undefeated form and starting dropping points, losing momentum on the other teams challenging for promotion. As the season came to a close 1860 suddenly found their form and finished the season more positively with a sixth place finish, giving them the perfect platform to carry this through to the 2012-13 season.
“We want to start with a win, no question about it,” said head coach Mauer. “We have two tough away matches in front of us.”
It is a completely different proposition for Regensburg who will be happy to secure second league status at the end of the year. The club isn’t big enough to contemplate challenging for promotion, The club doesn’t have the financial backing or fan base to change the club infrastructure like a Bayern, Dortmund or Shalke.
In the past, there have been a few occasions when newly promoted teams have surpassed everyone’s expectations, managing multiple promotions year after year. However, the majority of sources and analysts believe the new boys only focus can and will be league survival, then focus on developing the club.
It may be the first game of the season, but this match will give us an immediate inside look, at what both teams are striving for, especially after the preparation throughout the summer break.
“We are expecting a team that is solid at home,” said SSV’s head coach Oscar Corrochano. “Despite that, we want to earn points on Saturday.”
There will be four or five teams who expect to fight for promotion in May 2013 and this will be the one and only focus for TSV as the build to bring back the glory days. The minimum that club owner Florian Hinterberger will expect for his investment.
Here is the full list of Bundesliga second divsion fixtures for this weekend:
FC Ingolstadt 2-2 FC Energie Cottbus
Erzebirge Aue 0-0 FC St. Pauli
Hertha BSC Berlin 2-2 SC Paderborn
1860 München – Regensburg, 13:00 CET
VfL Bochum – Dynamo Dresden, 15:30 CET
Sunday 13:30 CET
MSV Duisburg – VfR Aalen
Sandhausen – FSV Frankfurt
Sunday 15:30 CET
Eintracht Braunschweig – 1. FC Cologne
Monday 20:15 CET
1. FC Kaiserslautern – Union Berlin