Greuther Furth had two very turbulent years, as the team played in Bundesliga just two season ago, but then were on the verge of relegating to third Bundesliga just couple of months ago. They ended up the season on 14th position, just a point above relegating relegating side Aue and play-out placed 1860 Munich.
As the season was going towards it’s end, they were looking more and more weaker and it seemed like the team would relegate for sure if the season had couple of more rounds extra. Overall, it was a very disappointing season for them, as they actually were one of promotional candidates at the start of it, having in mind that they have just relegated from the German top league. They changed a lot regarding their roster, as the club sold their first striker kacper Przybylko to Klautern, while the club brought two new strikers – Domi Kumbela from Karabukspor and Veton Berisha from Norwegian side Stabaek. They also have new goalkeeper – Sebastian Mielitz from Freiburg and midfielders Tom Trybull (St Pauli) and Andreas Hofmann (Aalen) out of more notable signings. Central defender Zsolt Korcsmar (18 games last season) and midfielder Stephan Schrock (30 games last season) won’t be lined up for this one due injuries.
Karlsruher, on the other hand, overall had a positive previous season, but the team was more then disappointed with it’s end. Firstly, they ended up third at the table, just a point behind second placed Darmstadt that promoted directly, while they were extremely unlucky in play-out game against HSV later on.
They had a 1:1 draw in the first leg played away from home, were leading in the second just to concede a equalizer in the first minute of additional time. Later on, HSV was more concrete in overtime by scoring a goal, while the luck didn’t serve them well neither in the last moments of the game when the hosts missed a penalty kick which could have brought them to penalty shot out at least. Coach Kauczinski remained at the bench, while the target is now surely set to winning the promotion this time. Team also had some changes during the Summer transfer window, as they brought central defender Bjarne Thoelke from Wolfsburg II and forward Erwin Hoffer from Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Karslruher was known last season as a great performer on the road and their matches almost always had plenty of goals. Both teams looked very effective during the pre-season matches with Furth winning 3:2 over Bilbao, 5:1 against Jihlava, 3:2 against Pribram, but also showed that their defensive lineup isn’t to be trusted in the final test game when they suffered 5:1 loss to Celta. Visitors also had plenty of goals in their matches too, 2:2 against UFA and Kuban Kazan and a 3:1 victory over Malaga in the latest friendly game. Current odds surely represent great value in case Karslruher continues with similar performances as previous season.
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