Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Fortuna Dusseldorf and Paderborn face each other at Merkur Spiel-Arena in the 2. Bundesliga round 9. Fortuna aim to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Ingolstadt, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts, who have yet to record a win in front of home fans. Since first-choice goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier misses the match through suspension, we do not believe that home win should be considered.
Paderborn, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Holstein Kiel at the weekend. Lukas Kwasniok’s troops are determined to return to winning ways, but given Fortuna Dusseldorf’s fine form, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Paderborn defender Jamilu Collins will have to serve his one-game ban following his sending off in the loss to Holstein Kiel.
Highlighted Player (Alfredo Morales):
Alfredo Morales is an American football player who was born in Berlin on 12 May, 1990. The USA midfielder moved to Germany as a boy and he played for the likes of BSC Reinickendorf 21, Borussia Pankow, FC Concordia Wilhelmsruh and Hertha BSC during his youth career.
Morales played 81 games for Hertha II at senior level, scoring 11 league goals for the capital club. He made 20 appearances for the first team as well, but in 2013 he joined Ingolstadt on a two-year deal. Alfredo Morales was eligible to play for both Germany and USA, but he decided to represent the Yanks on the international level.
The 183-cm-tall midfielder made his USA debut on 29 January, 2013 against Canada. He came as a substitute 15 minutes before the final whistle. It has to be noted that Morales represented United States of America at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both centre back and a defensive midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Paderborn):
Welcoming their rivals at Benteler-Arena, Paderborn are a German club that will compete in the Bundesliga in the 2019/2020 season. The club played their first ever match in the German top flight on August 24, 2019, with the team sharing the spoils with Mainz (2-2) in front of home fans.
Benteler-Arena can hold up to 15,000 spectators and it was opened on July 20, 2008. Paderborn play their home matches in blue and black shirts and black shirts, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. Until the 1980s TuS Scholls Neuhaus were considered the club’s main rivals are Arminia Bielefeld, with the two teams facing each other in Ostwestfalenderby.
This rivalry was established in the 2008/2009 season when Arminia Bielefeld dropped to the 2. Bundesliga. It has to be noted that Paderborn have yet to represent Germany in European competitions.