Osnabruck had a great undefeated run before the holiday break, even including three victories in a row, but they suffered 3:1 defeat away to Heidenheim last time out.
It was a game where nothing went into their favor, even though it was them who looked just fine on the field and the result could have been way different on some other day with different circumstances.
After this setback, they stand at the sixth position only, having five points less than playoff placed Stuttgart and can’t afford to drop points here. Knowing their good home form, three consecutive wins in front of their own crowd and defensive tightness they have, it’s only logical to have them having a commanding lead.
Osnabruck looked mostly well in many friendlies they had during the preparation period, winning over Sturm Graz 3:1 and losing to Verl 2:3 in the last test phase before the start of the new round.
Defensive midfielder Taffertshofer (17/0) is suspended, while injured remain midfielder Klaas (3/0) and forward Amenyido (11/1).
Sandhausen ended up the first part of the season with 2:2 home draw against Holstein Kiel. Even though they were back in the scoreline, the hosts managed to revert the result thanks to goals from Engels and Halimi in the 53rd and 54th minute, but will definitely feel sorry as they got leveled up fifteen minutes before the end.
Overall, it was visitors from Kiel who have created more, being able to threaten via counters mostly. They are now on a run of three consecutive draw matches in 2. Bundesliga, but also without a defeat in the last eight rounds.
Sandhausen stands on the ninth position for the moment, having five points more than the playout placed Nurnberg. They reacted really well during the friendly matches this January, winning over Unterhaching, Sevilla and amateur side Sanluqeno in the last two matches they played last Monday evening.
The guests are set to miss defensive midfielder Zenga (10/1) and long-term absentee defensive Karl who didn’t perform so far in the season anyway.
Osnabruck have won their last 3 home matches (Bundesliga II).
One way or another, it should be Osnabruck with a controlling role in this one, as I already said. They do look far more concrete as a side in attack and with the help of their own fans, should reach the victory here while the odds stand out very tasty.