Munich - FSV Frankfurt can move up to second with a win over Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday while Paderborn are warned not to take Ingolstadt too lightly. Meanwhile, Regensburg and Bochum fight to get their seasons up and running.
Benno Möhlmann hopes his side will build on their unbeaten start to the season when they host Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday. The FSV Frankfurt coach says there is "an understandable sense of satisfaction" around the club after two wins and a draw from their first three games, but the aim now "is to call upon and demonstrate this good team spirit over 90 minutes" against Aue. A win would take the club up to second in Bundesliga 2, hot on the heels of the early-season pace-setters Eintracht Braunschweig.
His opposite number Karsten Baumann also has good foundations to build upon following his side's win in the DFB Cup and subsequently in Bundesliga 2. "That has given us a bit of a boost," he said. "We want to try and keep a clean sheet again if possible." That would guarantee his side a point on the road and be a third shut-out in a row after not conceding against Frankfurt or Köln
Paderborn's second home game of the season could be one of their toughest, according to their coach Stephan Schmidt, who is not under-estimating opponents Ingolstadt. "We are going to have to prepare ourselves for opponents who have a will to win in every way," he warned. "They are a team with great potential and respective ambitions. We respect them, but are concentrating on our own strengths." Those were very evident in the 4-0 win over VfL Bochum last time out at home.
Ingolstadt coach Thomas Oral returned the compliments, saying that "SC Paderborn have been able to keep the heart of the team together and have added some decent new players." He added: "They play good football and enthuse the fans - we are going to have to watch out." Ingolstadt have picked up just two points so far this season, but that is not a true reflection of their form, claims Oral. "We have not got the results that we have deserved," he said. "But football is never predictable. We are fully focused on Paderborn and getting our first win of the season."
Jahn and Bochum lie next to each other in the league table, both with just three points from their first three games of the season. Changes to both sides in a bid to pick up the next win are therefore to be expected. The home side have their new signings Julian Wießmeier and Wilson Kamavuaka on board following their arrivals from 1. FC Nuremberg and they could make their debuts this weekend.
Christoph Dabrowski is absent from the Bochum squad due to a calf strain and Carsten Rothenbach is doubtful. Coach Andreas Bergmann is therefore forced to make changes against a side he wants to stamp his authority on. "I think that we are going to have to impose ourselves on the game from the beginning, but I hope that Regensburg don't sit back too much - they are at home, after all."