Lions to end FCI Unbeaten run
Bundesliga 2nd Division Preview: 1860 Munich vs. FC Ingolstadt
Grünwalder Strasse, Munich, April 20 – FC Ingolstadt are the only team to remain unbeaten in the second half of the season. Since a 1-0 defeat to Braunschweig last December ‘Die Schanzer’ have embarked on an incredible run of 5 wins and 9 draws, which incidentally has coincided with the departure of striker Edson Buddle and the arrival of former 1860 forward Manual Schäffler during the winter break.
When manager Tomas Oral took over at Ingolstadt, his first test was to prepare his new charges for a home match against the same team they play this weekend, TSV 1860 Munich. That game ended with a 1-0 defeat, Djorde Rakic scoring the only goal of the match back in November.
It may not be far to travel to the Bavarian capital, but away from home Ingolstadt have only won 2 from 15. Their dreadful record is only slightly better than Karlsruhe and Aachen who have each won just a single match on their travels. 1860 have never lost to their visitors in 5 meetings but also have never beaten them at the Allianz Arena.
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“They are highly motivated to come here to the Allianz Arena to take the point” says head coach Reiner Maurer. “The game against us is the ‘game of the year’ for Ingolstadt. A good performance is important for us because we have many fans in the Ingolstadt area and we don’t want to disappoint them”.
A win for The Lions in the penultimate home game of the season would almost certainly mean securing a finish of no lower than 6th, a position they have occupied for the majority of the year.
Third place is still theoretically possible but highly unlikely.
Although the only thing at stake in this fixture are bragging rights, this Bavarian derby game is always one to look forward to. Could former lion Manual Schäffler register his fourth goal for his new club against his former team mates or can experienced captain Benny Lauth beat Hoffenheim-bound teammate Kevin Volland to a dozen goals?
It’s the solid defence of the visitors against the potent attacking style of the home side and it’s got a draw written all over it.