2. Bundesliga match preview: Holstein Kiel versus Sandhausen

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Competition: Germany 2. Bundesliga
Competition: Tue 04.May
Match begins: 16:30 (UTC)
Venue: Holstein-Stadion (11386 seats)

Only a win will satisfy the Holstein Kiel supporters in this Holstein-Stadion clash with Sandhausen, having a healthy lead on the opposition in the 2. Bundesliga table.

Insights:
  • Holstein Kiel have the fewest conceded goals (27) in 2. Bundesliga
  • Sandhausen have the fewest points (3) away in 2. Bundesliga

The hosts Holstein saw competitive action as recent as three days ago, playing in the DFB Pokal. That game was an away game at Borussia Dortmund, so at least Holstein Kiel are thankful to return home in this one. Game on!

Sandhausen are fighting to avoid relegation and will work hard for points.

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Holstein Kiel form and stats

The story so far in the 2. Bundesliga for Holstein Kiel, who have the fewest conceded goals (27) in 2. Bundesliga, at their home stadium (Holstein-Stadion) is 7 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats. There’s a good atmosphere here at Holstein-Stadion after three straight home wins.

The fans are hoping that Holstein will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 0-5 away loss in the DFB Pokal game against Borussia Dortmund. Before that, Holstein played out a 2. Bundesliga draw 1-1 when visiting Nurnberg.

Holstein were outplayed and humiliated in their previous game, as mentioned in the paragraph above. They will need to reinstall their confidence before this one. Holstein Kiel lost the game against Borussia Dortmund in the first half with a 0-5 deficit and could never come back from that.

The betting market estimate that the home team has about 55-60% chance of winning this match. There could be betting value if you think differently, so to help you here are the stats from Holstein's earlier matches at home being 55%-60% favourite: Played five games, won three matches, drawn zero and lost two.

The match schedule is unforgiving for Holstein as they have a new game in only three days, a 2. Bundesliga match thankfully also at home. St. Pauli are visiting.

Holstein Kiel have proved capable of finding the net in their games here at Holstein-Stadion with 19 goals in 12 league matches. On the other hand, Holstein have conceded 14 goals. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 home matches.

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Sandhausen form and stats

The hunting on away grounds haven’t been very fruitful for Sandhausen, who have the fewest points (3) away in 2. Bundesliga, so far with only 3 points returning home. The records show 1-0-13 (win-draw-lose). Bitter travels for Sandhausen as they have lost nine games in a row away from home. The last time they avoided an away-from-home loss was the Wurzburger Kickers match.

There might be some fixture complaints from Sandhausen as they are again playing away from home after losing on the road in their previous match, the 2. Bundesliga match against Greuther Furth (2-3). Prior to that match, a home win 4-2 against Hannover 96.

Hitting the posts three times in the Greuther Furth game proved expensive as Sandhausen lost 2-3.

Looking at the earlier recent performances of Sandhausen when being an outsider away as they are today, we find seven matches with the visitors losing six times, drawing one and winning zero games.

The visitors have scored 10 goals from 14 away games in the league, an average of less than one per game. For Sandhausen, more than two goals on average per game end up in their own net.

Head 2 Head

This is not the first time this season these parties meet, as the history books show this recent fixture: Sandhausen - Holstein 0-2. H2H stats regardless of arena (last nine matches): Holstein Kiel two wins, five draws and Sandhausen two victories. As for goals, five matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), four games had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

SandhausenK. Behrens
K. Behrens
11 goals
SandhausenD. Keita-Ruel
D. Keita-Ruel
11 goals
Holstein KielA. Mühling
A. Mühling
10 goals

Holstein Kiel missing players

Sandhausen missing players

Holstein Kiel Sandhausen
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
28 12 3 Played P 3 14 30
14 7 2 Won W 0 1 9
8 2 0 Drew D 0 0 4
6 3 1 Lost L 3 13 17
43 19 5 Scored S 2 10 37
27 14 3 Conceded C 8 32 53
96% 100% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 97%
79% 67% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 67% 79% 80%
43% 58% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 67% 71% 63%
25% 42% 33% Over 3.5 O 3.5 67% 36% 37%
7% 8% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 33% 14% 20%
61% 67% 67% BTTS BTTS 33% 50% 50%
36% 33% 33% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 20%
7% 0% 0% Failed to Score F T 67% 50% 33%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.8 1.8 1.7 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.3 2.9 2.7
3 2 0 Red cards R C 0 1 3
 
11.6 13.2 17 Shots (avg) S ( 9.3 9.7 10.7
4.1 4.7 5.3 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3 2.8 3.7
38% 34% 31% Goal Efficiency G E 22% 26% 33%
Key stats in 2. Bundesliga this season:
  • Holstein Kiel have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Holstein Kiel have scored in all their home matches so far.
  • Holstein Kiel have the fewest conceded goals (27) in 2. Bundesliga
  • Holstein Kiel have the fewest conceded goals in the second half (11) in 2. Bundesliga
  • Holstein Kiel haven’t played a single 0-0 game at home.
  • Sandhausen have conceded at least twice as many goals as they have scored away.
  • Sandhausen have failed to keep a clean sheet in all their away matches.
  • Sandhausen have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Sandhausen have the fewest points (3) away in 2. Bundesliga
  • Sandhausen have the fewest scored goals (10) away in 2. Bundesliga
  • Sandhausen haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Bochum 31 19 3 9 57 36 15 10 2 3 32 14 16 9 1 6 25 22 21 60
2 Greuther Furth 31 16 9 6 60 38 15 8 3 4 29 19 16 8 6 2 31 19 22 57
3 Hamburger SV 31 14 10 7 60 39 15 8 4 3 31 14 16 6 6 4 29 25 21 52
4 Holstein Kiel 28 14 8 6 43 27 12 7 2 3 19 14 16 7 6 3 24 13 16 50
5 Fortuna Dusseldorf 30 14 7 9 45 39 14 9 3 2 24 16 16 5 4 7 21 23 6 49
6 Heidenheim 31 14 6 11 45 41 15 9 3 3 25 13 16 5 3 8 20 28 4 48
7 St. Pauli 31 13 8 10 50 47 16 8 3 5 27 23 15 5 5 5 23 24 3 47
8 Karlsruher SC 30 12 9 9 42 36 16 4 6 6 16 16 14 8 3 3 26 20 6 45
9 Paderborn 31 11 10 10 42 37 16 8 5 3 30 22 15 3 5 7 12 15 5 43
10 Darmstadt 98 31 12 6 13 53 51 16 6 3 7 24 22 15 6 3 6 29 29 2 42
11 Erzgebirge Aue 31 11 8 12 39 41 15 7 4 4 24 19 16 4 4 8 15 22 -2 41
12 Nurnberg 31 10 10 11 41 44 16 5 6 5 21 22 15 5 4 6 20 22 -3 40
13 Hannover 96 30 11 6 13 49 45 15 7 4 4 28 18 15 4 2 9 21 27 4 39
14 Jahn Regensburg 30 8 11 11 31 40 16 5 6 5 20 21 14 3 5 6 11 19 -9 35
15 Sandhausen 30 9 4 17 37 53 16 8 4 4 27 21 14 1 0 13 10 32 -16 31
16 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 7 9 15 27 51 16 6 4 6 16 21 15 1 5 9 11 30 -24 30
17 Osnabruck 31 7 6 18 28 53 16 2 1 13 13 32 15 5 5 5 15 21 -25 27
18 Wurzburger Kickers 31 5 6 20 33 64 15 3 5 7 20 29 16 2 1 13 13 35 -31 21

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