With the international matches fast approaching, there are not many club games to look forward after the weekend but there is one on Monday night in Germany as Fortuna Dusseldorf host Duisburg at the ESPRIT Arena. Fortuna Dusseldorf will be hoping to push for promotion to the Bundesliga this season, having last played in the German top-flight back in 2012/13.
The past three seasons has seen them finish 10th, 11th and 14th in Bundesliga II and they will be hoping for a much better end to this season. Duisburg won promotion from Liga 3 last season and are looking to establish themselves back in the second tier of German football.
Fortuna Dusseldorf Form
Fortuna Dusseldorf start the weekend top of the Bundesliga II table having won 6, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their 8 games.
Their only defeat came at Greuther Furth, which was their 6th match of the season and following that loss Fortuna Dusseldorf have won 2 games. They defeated Jahn Regensburg at home and enjoyed an away victory last weekend at St. Pauli.
Having endured a tough time of it at home last season, Fortuna Dusseldorf have turned things around and are unbeaten in their last 6 home league games. They have won 4 of those 6 games and are scoring an average of 2 goals per home game this season.
Duisburg come into this round of fixtures hovering dangerously above the relegation zone and have won only 2 of their 8 Bundesliga II games this season. They have won just 1 of their last 5 matches and have recently suffered a dreadful 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Nurnberg. In fact, their home form has been poor and they will be happy this match is away.
Away from home in Bundesliga II Duisburg have remained undefeated in their last 3 games, picking up wins at Heidenheim and Arminia Bielefeld and a draw at Ingolstadt. While they have been struggling defensively, Duisburg have been scoring goals and away from home in their last 3 league games they have scored an average of 2.66 goals per game.
Fortuna Dusseldorf should have a clean bill of health for this game unless anything happens in training over the weekend. They also have no suspension concerns so should be at full strength. The same cannot be said for Duisburg who will be missing their top goal scorer this season, Boris Tashchi. They also have doubts over the fitness of Zlatko Janjic and Tim Albutat.
Top Betting Tips
Fortuna Dusseldorf come into this match as the team in form and should take maximum points. The hosts are available at 4/5 with Ladbrokes to win the game. Despite missing their top goal scorer for this match, Duisburg will be confident of continuing their goal scoring record in this game. Fortuna Dusseldorf to win and both teams to score is 13/5 at Bet365. Rouwen Hennings will continue to lead the line for Fortuna Dusseldorf in this match and will be looking to add to the 5 goals he has scored in all competitions this season. Hennings is 13/8 with Bet365 to score at any time. (Odds from online betting)