The battle for promotion is entering the hot phase: nine points are still to be awarded.
What's in it for 1860 against labor, Bayern II and Ingolstadt?
Munich - The Lions achieved one of their goals for the season on Wednesday evening on the sofa: while chilling out magenta after the FCK dismantling the day before (3-0), the series winners moved into the DFB Cup 2021/22 from Grünwalder Straße.
It was made possible by the strong form Magdeburg (3-0 in Saarbrücken), who robbed the ex-relegation rival, who was actually just as strong, of his last mathematical chance of reaching fourth place in the table.
TSV 1860: The Löwen are the second best team in the second half of the season
The lions will not end the 2020/21 season worse than 4th place.
Whether it is even enough to do more - keyword unofficial season goal - will be shown on the last meters of the 38 lap long-distance run.
Due to their high performance in the past nine games (seven wins, two draws), the Giesinger team are the second best team in the second half of the season, they have the best attack (65 goals, goal difference +36) and have made their way to third place in the table before the grand finale.
However: Even the last three opponents are not made of cardboard, as double goal scorer Phillipp Steinhart correctly noted after the FCK gala.
About the final sprint opponents Wehen (Saturday, 2 pm), Bayern II (Sunday, May 16) and Ingolstadt (May 22), he said: “That's already three boards.” However, with the addition: “Just like us At the moment everything is possible. ”Our quality and hardness check shows how thick which of the three boards really is.
TSV 1860 has to face these opponents on its way to promotion
Together with the newly promoted Verl, the relegated second division is one of the strongest opponents who got in the way of the Lions this season. Only with a lot of luck and a late Knöferl goal managed a 2: 2 (after 0: 2 deficit) on December 18, 1860, which saved the wide Christmas breast. But are the Wiesbadeners still as strong as they presented themselves at the 2020 final in Giesing? Noticeable: Recently, there was a wide spread of results (0: 3 against Duisburg, then 3: 0 in Lübeck), and the ten-game record is also changeable (five defeats, three wins, two draws). The greatest strength of the Hessen is the physique, based on team unity. There are good individualists in the team (Korte, Malone and the red-barred Tietz), but since the failure of Dennis Kempe, 35, no emotional leader.Stefan Aigner could be one, but the ex-lion has been out with a pubic bone inflammation since the third match day.
For the Wehen board, 1860 needs a strong, but currently probably not the most powerful drill.
FC Bayern II
FC Bayern II
More drama is not possible: Bayern are fighting against relegation from the 3rd division, the Lions want to leave the league up.
It is a pity that on May 16, spectators will still not be allowed.
One thing is clear: Even if the selection of the city rivals has little to do with the championship team of 2020, the class of FCB talents should be enough to stand up to the Köllner protégés, playfully but also combative (around 1860 anyway).
The Lions will need a good day and the power of a hammer drill to get through the red board, as they did in the 2-0 first leg.
FC Ingolstadt 04
FC Ingolstadt 04
Well played, but the Big Point in Rostock was given away - and dropped out of the top 3 for the first time in 2021.
How Tomas Oral's team deals with the latest setback will be shown in the home game against Saarbrücken on Saturday (in which Marc Stendera is missing a ten-year penalty).
Sixth Robin Krauße demands a victory and makes a commitment: "If you get nine points from the last three games, you will be promoted." Failure again would be a horror for the FCI, traumatized by the relegation 2020.
The next two game days depend on who has to drill the thicker board on May 22nd: sixty - or FC Ingolstadt.