Arminia looked really fine during the first part of the season, especially surprising on the road where they looked like a side above real 2. Bundesliga quality. The team ended up the first part of the season in the first position, with four points more than fourth-placed Heidenheim and couldn’t expect much more.
For sure that their ambitions are higher now, however, they still have plenty of work to do and are nowhere safe in the promotional race. It seems that the break came in the right momentum, as the team was winless in the last three matches, coming from a 3:0 loss on the road to St Pauli which was only their second loss.
Even so, they weren’t outplayed in that match, actually having more of the ball possession and chances created, however things sometimes simply don’t work in a proper way. A similar thing can be said for the previous two draw matches, as they looked just fine on the field and control the ball much more than their opponents, but the results weren’t correct ones for them at that time.
They had a goalless game against Ferencvarosi during the preparation period, as well as 4:3 victory over St Pauli.
Central defenders Behrendt (4/0) and Perez (3/0) are out injured, same as defensive midfielder Schutz (11/0) and long-term absentee forward Quascher (no performance so far). The hosts should play in a version of a 4-1-4-1 formation with Klos as an alone striker.
Bochum struggled during the whole first part of the season, barely managing to avoid the last three positions before the international break. The team has just a point more than playout placed Nurnberg and for sure that the second part of the season won’t become any easier for them.
They looked like a pretty effective team overall but also conceded quite a lot for the standards of 2. Bundesliga. Away from home, they showed almost nothing impressive, counting just one victory in eight rounds.
Moreover, they have suffered five defeats and this game remains as challenging as possible for them. During the preparation phase, they won over MOL Fehervar and Uerdingen, having a draw against Dinamo Bucuresti as well.
The guests are set to miss offensive midfielders Maier (9/0) and Bapoh (4/1) due to injuries. Bochum is set to play in a version of a 4-2-2-2 formation with Zoller and Ganvoula as forwards.
Arminia Bielefeld has won their last 3 home matches against Bochum.
Bielefeld looked really great in their away games so far in the season and with the right approach, it’s only a matter of time when they start getting the right results in consecutive ways at home too.
They looked pretty effective in the last test game against St Pauli and in case the team reminds of the one in the first part of the season, they should get the victory easier than what the odds suggest.