The Massive Bundesliga 2 Hinrunde Evaluation – Bundesliga Fanatic

Though there’s another matchday left earlier than the winter break comes alongside, the two. Bundesliga has hit the midway mark already and with that the Hinrunde is full. Which means it’s time to assessment how every of the 18 golf equipment within the league has finished to date, and mirror on among the unpredictable and chaotic occasions which have taken place over the previous 17 matchdays. If you wish to know each element of what’s gone on at each membership, right here’s the place. So, let’s begin from the highest…

1st place: FC St. Pauli

With a six level hole to second place, St. Pauli will not be solely Herbstmeister for the primary time within the 2. Bundesliga, but additionally have the largest lead any staff has had at this stage since Ingolstadt in 2014/15. It’s a giant enchancment on the place they had been a 12 months in the past, when Timo Schultz was fearing for his job with the staff within the relegation zone. They caught with him and have been greater than rewarded for his or her belief.

St Pauli have undeniably been essentially the most spectacular facet on this division all through the primary half of the season. Schultz has gotten the most effective out of each particular person within the squad – Guido Burgstaller, who was so out of shape for therefore lengthy at Schalke, is the league’s main scorer, whereas Daniel-Kofi Kyereh has turn into the league’s finest help supplier and is now a Ghanain worldwide too. Most crucially, St. Pauli have been invincible on the Millerntor, profitable all eight of their residence games to date. Solely 5 groups have ever achieved that within the historical past of the two. Bundesliga. Each single one in all them gained promotion on the finish of the season. The indicators are superb.

2nd place: SV Darmstadt 98

Darmstadt struggled for many of final season, however rescued a good end of seventh with a unbelievable run from March onwards. Then they had been plunged into turmoil. It was already recognized that star man Serdar Dursun would go away in summer season, however he adopted by quite a few different regulars after which controversially, coach Markus Anfang. Appointing the out-of-work Thorsten Lieberknecht and changing Dursun with free transfers Philipp Tietz and Luca Pfeiffer meant that few had been excited in regards to the Lillies, however they’ve proved all people incorrect.

Members of the squad and the media have talked about Darmstadt’s nice staff spirit, one thing which Lieberknecht has prioritised previously. The techniques have been spot-on too, because the adoption of a 4-4-2 has helped each Tietz and Pfeiffer – neither significantly prolific earlier than this season – to an astonishing 12 targets every. The duo’s mixed 24 targets means they’ve scored extra targets than 10 of the groups within the league, whereas Darmstadt’s whole of 38 is the very best tally within the league. The centre-back duo of Patric Pfeiffer and Thomas Isherwood additionally deserves a whole lot of reward – the youngest centre-back partnership within the league has additionally been arguably the most effective; Isherwood has hit the bottom working since becoming a member of from Östersund, whereas Pfeiffer has minimize out the errors and turn into a way more dependable defender than he was a 12 months in the past.

third place: Hamburger SV

Hamburg’s first three seasons within the 2. Liga all adopted the identical blueprint: plenty of expectation, robust begin, out of the blue flip right into a shambles, end fourth. This 12 months is a bit completely different – now that Schalke and Bremen are additionally within the league, the exterior strain on HSV has been lowered. Which may assist clarify why Tim Walter’s staff might be the least unstable, best model of HSV we’ve seen within the second tier. There aren’t any main recurring issues, there have been no inexplicable collapses. 

That’s all very optimistic. One other essential notice is how nicely this squad has handled setbacks, which may’t be mentioned of many HSV groups of the previous few years. Each single a part of the HSV backline, plus goalkeeper Daniel Heuer-Fernandes, has been sidelined with accidents (a few of them extreme – Tim Leibold is out for the remainder of the season, Josha Vagnoman has performed simply as soon as, Stephan Ambrosius under no circumstances) however the staff has taken all of it of their stride. Even with out their first alternative goalkeeper, proper again and centre-backs and with no pure left-backs match, HSV have conceded simply 17 targets, the bottom within the division.

What has held the staff again this 12 months is the failure to show attracts into wins; HSV have drawn eight occasions, essentially the most within the league, and on six of these events the xG suggests they in all probability ought to have gained. Despite that, some gamers have impressed going ahead, with Sonny Kittel managing 10 assists and teen Faride Alidou attracting the eye of prime flight golf equipment. 

4th place: FC Schalke 04

No one knew fairly what to anticipate from Schalke of their first 2. Bundesliga season because the early 90’s. Would the staff and the followers have the ability to modify from shedding each week to out of the blue being the favourites for many games? And would the vastly overhauled squad want extra time to gel earlier than mounting a title battle?

Even now, it’s onerous to charge how nicely this season has gone for Schalke to date. On one hand, they’re in fourth place, nicely in with an opportunity of promotion. However, the soccer they’ve performed has usually been overly adverse, regardless of some important attacking expertise of their ranks. Watching them is a irritating expertise, as a result of you recognize that if Dimitrios Grammozis put a bit of extra religion in thrilling gamers like Rodrigo Zalazar relatively than robust tackling malocher sorts like Victor Pálsson, there could be a staff which their huge military of followers may fervently get behind.

As an alternative, Schalke’s energy comes not from lovely flowing soccer, however principally from set-pieces and crosses. New signing Thomas Ouwejan has proved the right supplier to star purchase Simon Terodde, the Dutch left-back having the second most assists within the league and the second most crosses. Nearly as good as he’s, there’s an argument that Schalke may very well be higher with out Terodde, scoring 5 towards Sandhausen and 4 towards Nürnberg in his absence. 

fifth place: SSV Jahn Regensburg

Getting into their third season beneath coach Mersad Selimbegovic, Jahn’s aim was by no means to battle for promotion – they usually insist it nonetheless isn’t, regardless of being the shock package deal of the season to date. They’re firmly a part of the promotion battle although, with their present place matching the benchmark Achim Beierlorzer’s staff managed again in 2017/18. The signing of Sarpreet Singh on mortgage from FC Bayern is the primary catalyst for Jahn’s overachievement so far. The New Zealander was ineffective at Nürnberg final season, however since his transfer to the opposite Bavarian facet within the league Singh has was a phenomenon, with 4 targets and 6 assists to his title. The opposite key man in midfield is Max Besuschkow, who has regularly improved since becoming a member of the membership in 2019; not solely does Besuschkow run the sport, he additionally scores the targets, together with his tally of 5 making him Jahn’s prime scorer. 

4 defeats of their final 5 games suggests they in all probability can’t stick with it, although. In the end some gamers within the squad in all probability don’t have what it takes to compete for promotion. Accidents have meant that Jahn haven’t had their first-choice defence out there, and many of the targets Jahn have conceded have are available November and December, with Steve Breitkreuz or Sebastian Nachreiner within the facet. There are additionally some issues for Regensburg to fret about sooner or later, with director Christian Keller now at Köln and quite a few gamers more likely to depart on the finish of the 12 months.

sixth place: SC Paderborn 07

Paderborn waved goodbye to iconic coach Steffen Baumgart in summer season after 4 years in cost on the Benteler-Enviornment. Whereas he continues to impress over in Köln, Paderborn made a wise transfer to interchange him with Lukas Kwasniok, who had helped Saarbrücken to fifthin the three. Liga after profitable the Regionalliga Südwest the earlier season. 

Paderborn have been arguably the most effective staff within the league at occasions, enjoying some fantastic soccer, and striker Sven Michel has been one of many league’s standout gamers. The 31 12 months previous has already scored greater than his earlier 2. Liga report with 13 targets, together with a hat-trick towards Karlsruhe. Goalkeeper Jannik Huth, who was beforehand backup to Leo Zingerle, has additionally had a really spectacular season since changing into Kwasniok’s primary.

It may definitely be higher although, as Michel and his strike accomplice Felix Platte have each been held again by accidents. Paderborn are very reliant on the pair; final 12 months’s prime scorer Dennis Srbeny has managed only one aim, and his former Norwich teammate Marco Stiepermann is SCP’s third prime scorer due to a brace towards Aue. Additionally – Lukas Kwasniok, please put your masks on.

seventh place: 1. FC Nürnberg

Nürnberg, like many of the groups round them, are in a greater place now than they had been a 12 months in the past. Robert Klauß’s first season was to be endured relatively than loved, and Klauß wasn’t significantly common with each Membership fan. The performances have improved, due to Klauß’s favoured midfield diamond, getting the most effective out of Johannes Geis, Fabian Nürnberger, Tom Krauß and Mats Møller Dæhli.

They aren’t at all times nice to look at; FCN are one of many decrease scoring groups within the prime half, and in addition had the meanest defence till just lately – after 11 games, Klauß’s staff had let in simply seven targets, solely struggling their first defeat on the finish of October. A tricky run of fixtures to finish the Hinrunde has seen Der Membership drop again from the remainder of the pack, shedding 4 of their final six games and letting in 13 targets in that point. That’s in all probability a fairer reflection of the place Nürnberg stand proper now, not but on the stage of the promotion favourites, however nonetheless shut sufficient to be in with a shout.

eighth place: 1. FC Heidenheim

Issues hardly ever change at Heidenheim. In October, Frank Schmidt agreed a brand new contract that can hold him on the membership till 2027. If he sees it out, he could have spent20 years on the FCH bench. The one new everlasting signing was Tim Kleindienst, who returned on mortgage final 12 months and is now in his fourth completely different stint on the membership. They sit in the very same place they did at this level final season, besides this 12 months they’ve 27 factors relatively than the 26 they’d a 12 months in the past.

 The outcomes from week to week haven’t been as constant. Heidenheim went as much as third after profitable three consecutive games, then misplaced the following three, shortly adopted by one other three wins. Heidenheim have by no means had fairly sufficient high quality this season to mount a critical cost; scoring the least out of all the highest half groups. 

ninth place: Werder Bremen

Werder equipped for his or her first season at this stage for 4 many years by hiring Markus Anfang from Darmstadt, and he introduced half his squad with him. The outcomes beneath the brand new coach had been combined. Bremen had been within the prime half however acquired knocked out the cup by Osnabrück, misplaced the derby to Hamburg and in addition suffered embarrassing three aim defeats towards Paderborn, Dresden and Anfang’s previous facet Darmstadt. 

In mid-November, it was introduced that Anfang was being investigated for having a solid vaccine passport. Simply hours earlier than their subsequent recreation Anfang was gone, “resigning” due to the “excessive stress” the scenario had brought on. It was doubtless the dumbest factor anybody concerned with Werder had finished since director Frank Baumann determined to not change Maxi Eggestein and go into the season with Christian Groß and Ilia Gruev as the one quantity sixes within the squad.

They gained’t miss Anfang a lot; his substitute Ole Werner appears to be like much more suited to the position, and has gained each of his first two games in command of the Grün-Weißen. The one lasting legacy of the earlier coach would be the gamers introduced in to play his system (and the sale of Johannes Eggestein, who apparently didn’t match mentioned system), however not less than Marvin Ducksch has been successful to date, scoring seven since becoming a member of. The squad will not be essentially the most well assembled, however there’s nonetheless a whole lot of capacity of their ranks.

tenth place: Karlsruher SC

Karlsruhe had been one of many shock packages of final season, reaching a sixth positioned end in Christian Eichner’s first full season in cost. Though they presently sit within the backside half, Karlsruhe are solely 5 factors away from the promotion playoff spot and have carried out to an analogous stage to final season. Key to Karlsruhe’s success is their dependable attacking core. Philipp Hofmann has scored eight, Marvin Wanitzek 5, Choi Kyoung-Rok and Fabian Schleusener 4. Younger Malik Batmaz has additionally scored three targets in his restricted minutes, and will function extra in the remainder of the season. 

They might do with enhancing on the different finish although. Karlsruhe have conceded extra personal targets than every other staff, have persistently conceded targets from set-pieces, and now have one of many weaker beginning goalkeepers within the league based on Kicker’s efficiency rankings.

eleventh place: SG Dynamo Dresden

After an unfortunate relegation within the 19/20 season, Dresden returned to the two. Bundesliga on the first try. Their 22 level tally makes them the most effective of the three newly promoted sides, but it surely may simply have been completely different. After a fantastic begin to the season, Dresden went on a run of 9 losses in ten games, sliding from second within the desk all the way in which to 14th. Simply when the strain was piling up on Alexander Schmidt, the staff lastly discovered type, ending their horrendous run with a 1-0 win over Düsseldorf. Unsurprisingly, it was the excellent Christoph Daferner who acquired the one aim. The Austrian striker has scored eight, most of them from across the six yard field. 

Dresden have had unhealthy luck with accidents – Tim Knipping, Sebastian Mai, Brandon Borrello and Panagiotis Vlachodimos all spent a good period of time injured, which can partially clarify the shedding run they went on. Definitely, if Daferner or Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer had been lacking for a major time frame they might nicely discover themselves struggling as soon as extra. In the event that they play to their potential, although, it is a staff that ought to have the ability to survive comfortably. 

twelfth place: Fortuna Düsseldorf

Fortuna hardly ever felt like main promotion contenders final season, regardless that Uwe Rösler’s staff completed fifth. It was already recognized that Rösler would seemingly be departing, as his contract was not renewed, and Düsseldorf went for a long run strategy, appointing promising younger coach Christian Preußer, who had earned promotion to the three. Liga with Freiburg’s reserve facet. 

There have been issues that Preußer may not final very lengthy although. A nasty run left his staff simply two factors away from the relegation playoff spot, and Fortuna had been in disaster mode. Thankfully, they ended the hinrunde with spectacular outcomes towards the highest two, beating Darmstadt away and drawing with St. Pauli on Saturday night. That ought to assist raise the strain off for now. 

There’s some strain on sporting director Uwe Klein too, who has been in a public dispute together with his predecessor Lutz Pfannenstiel over who’s in charge for the failure to resume the contract of younger goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, who has joined Watford after impressing for Sparta Rotterdam. 

Klein and Preußer ought to each be praised although for signing and getting the most effective out of Khaled Narey, who has been much better than he ever was at Hamburg, concerned in 11 targets for Fortuna. In any other case, followers on the Merkur Spiel-Enviornment have had little to have a good time, particularly as Fortuna have solely managed one residence win all season.

thirteenth place: Hannover 96

There’s hardly ever any room for optimism in Hannover, particularly not after ending thirteenth within the 2. Bundesliga, the membership’s worst marketing campaign this century. This marketing campaign has the potential to be even worse.

Jan Zimmermann’s staff had been initially inconsistent, hamstrung by woeful defending from set items, some surprising particular person errors and forwards misfiring. Then they turned merely unhealthy. Every week the gang numbers dropped, the HDI-Enviornment pitch grew worse (Zimmermann’s previous staff Havelse are enjoying their 3. Liga games there), and 96 regarded much less more likely to win. After 8 winless games, new sporting director Marcus Mann relieved the coach of his duties, the ultimate straw being a hopeless 4-0 loss in Karlsruhe. Extremely, Hannover by no means managed to attain greater than as soon as in a recreation throughout Zimmermann’s quick reign – presumably defined by the choice to interchange Bremen-bound Marvin Ducksch with Lukas Hinterseer, who has but to attain for the membership. 

Caretaker Christoph Dabrowski instantly stopped the rot, beating Hamburg and Ingolstadt in his first two games. He stays in cost till the winter break not less than, Daniel Thioune or Uwe Rösler being the seemingly replacements ought to Mann or his meddling boss Martin Form select to not hold Dabrowski in cost. Whoever is in cost, they’ll have a job on their palms. Solely last-placed Ingolstadt have scored lower than their appalling tally of 13 targets. Hannover may simply slip again into the relegation battle, particularly in the event that they repeat the performances of final 12 months’s Rückrunde. 

14th place: FC Hansa Rostock

Rostock’s return to the two. Bundesliga for the primary time in a decade comes with the easy aim of survival. That aim proved an excessive amount of for coach Jens Härtel when he earned promotion with Magdeburg quite a few years in the past, however Hansa are on their method to reaching it. 

Hansa made quite a few attention-grabbing signings over the summer season, but it surely has principally been about getting the most effective of the established members of the squad, like John Verhoek, who joined in 2019. The final time Verhoek performed 2. Liga soccer, he scored not a single aim, as a part of the Duisburg facet that was relegated in 2018/19. This 12 months he has already bagged 10, making him the very best scoring participant within the backside half of the desk. That accounts for greater than half of the targets Hansa have scored this season. 

The one one in all his teammates to have scored greater than as soon as this season is Hanno Behrens, the decide of the bunch when it comes to the brand new recruits. Ridge Munsy, Streli Mamba and Svante Ingelson, the opposite large title new recruits have all been barely underwhelming however in no way horrible, whereas Haris Duljević has began to impress just lately. 

fifteenth place: Holstein Kiel

So near promotion final 12 months, Kiel are nonetheless struggling the standard playoff loser’s hangover. As if shedding the likes of Lee Jae-Sung, Jonas Meffert and Janni-Luca Serra wasn’t unhealthy sufficient, the coach Ole Werner resigned after seven games together with his facet down in fifteenth and having misplaced 3-0 on three separate events.

If there are any positives to take from the summer season, that has been the signing of Austrian striker Benedikt Pichler. Introduced in too late to assist Werner, Pichler has confirmed very helpful for the newly appointed Marcel Rapp, scoring 5 targets because the coach’s arrival. In any other case, the brand new signings haven’t absolutely satisfied, and the celebrities of final season that stay haven’t hit the identical heights. Final 12 months’s rock stable defensive report is lengthy gone, neither Ioannis Gelios or Thomas Dähne have been dependable in aim, and accidents have additionally made their mark. Understandably, it hasn’t been the identical staff because the core was ripped out of it. 

sixteenth place: FC Erzgebirge Aue

The experiment with Shpilevsky ended shortly. After opening the marketing campaign with three consecutive attracts, they misplaced closely to fellow relegation battlers Sandhausen and Kiel, and after their fourth loss in a row, the coach was gone. Marc Hensel took over as caretaker, however since he lacks the mandatory {qualifications}, couldn’t be appointed as a everlasting head coach. Consequently, Pavel Dotchev was introduced again to the membership to take over as interim coach, although Hensel stays equally distinguished. 

It took Aue till matchday 11 towards Ingolstadt to get their first win, which was additionally the primary time all season they’d even managed to take the lead in a recreation. The achievement was barely overshadowed by a controversial purple card given to Clemens Fandrich for allegedly spitting on the assistant referee Roman Potemkin, which resulted in a seven month ban, later lowered to seven games because the DFB’s courts couldn’t make certain whether or not he had actually finished it.

Since then, Aue have gained twice extra, due to the targets of teen Antonio Jonjić, having fun with a breakout season. On the different finish of the pitch, membership legend and captain Martin Männel has had a troublesome marketing campaign, unwittingly serving to Dresden win the weekend’s Sachsenderby by passing it straight to a Dynamo attacker. Often so essential to FCE, he has been one of many weaker goalkeepers within the league this season and might want to enhance if they’re to stave off relegation.

seventeenth place: SV Sandhausen

Sandhausen struggled final season, solely securing security on the ultimate day. As a response they introduced in a complete host of recent gamers, principally from different 2. Bundesliga golf equipment. On paper, the squad has improved rather a lot – Gianluca Gaudino, Christian Conteh, Baskhim Ajdini, Oumar Diakhité, Chima Okoroji and Pascal Testroet had been all introduced in, all of whom have impressed at this stage earlier than. In apply, issues haven’t actually labored out.

A few of that’s right down to plain unhealthy luck. Christian Conteh’s minutes have been restricted by damage, whereas Gaudino began nicely earlier than contracting COVID and hasn’t been absolutely match since. Like the remainder of the underside 4 groups, Sandhausen have additionally modified coach, Alois Schwartz returning to the membership for a second spell in September. They’ve improved barely since, however are nonetheless but to win at residence. Is that this the season Sandhausen lastly go down? It’s potential, however they’ve escaped from worse conditions. 

18th place: FC Ingolstadt 04

Promoted by means of the playoffs final season, Ingolstadt selected to not retain coach Tomas Oral, presumably feeling that he may solely take them to date. Or perhaps they only couldn’t stand placing up with him for one more 12 months. Selling Roberto Pätzold from inside was a barely unusual transfer, however not less than he managed to win one in all his eight games in cost, in contrast to his substitute André Schubert (sure, that André Schubert). Schubi additionally lasted solely eight matches, which was eight greater than he ought to have. 

For the final recreation of the Hinrunde, there was a brand new boss – former Wiesbaden coach Rüdiger Rehm. He takes over a staff who has conceded greater than every other facet within the league and has additionally scored fewer than every other. In reality, with simply seven factors, Ingolstadt’s first half of the season was the third worst within the league’s historical past. Rehm’s process is a well-known one – similar to at Wiesbaden in 19/20, he has to discover a method to get some outcomes with a staff that doesn’t appear remotely ok for two. Liga soccer. They could nicely show value watching from hereon in, although you shouldn’t anticipate to see a lot in the way in which of defending. Even when Rehm works miracles, it is vitally robust to think about Ingolstadt enjoying 2. Liga soccer subsequent 12 months.

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