Munich - Two of Bundesliga 2's most popular clubs meet on Monday evening, with 1860 Munich looking to underscore their promotion ambitions while SG Dynamo Dresden seek to get their season up and running.

1860 were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion and, although their performance in the opening-day 1-0 victory over SSV Jahn Regensburg did little to justify those credentials, they still got the points which leave them with the opportunity to move joint top of Bundesliga 2 on Monday evening.

Room for improvement


Coach Reiner Maurer is aware that improvements will be necessary to win at the glücksgas Stadion, though. "What mattered was we got the three points," he said. "Regensburg were the only promoted team to lose on Matchday 1 and we were the only team from those regarded as favourites who were able to win. That just shows how even the league is and how tough the season is going to be. We're bound to get more space to work in against Dresden, but we need to improve, above all in terms of our technique."

Underdogs


Dynamo coach Ralf Loose is not reading anything into 1860's result or performance last weekend, and reckons his own side will go into this one as underdogs. "The Lions want promotion, but we've shown already that we can deal with such opponents, play well at home and get the points," he said.

Dynamo's defeat to Bochum last weekend has nevertheless left them looking up at the rest of the table and Loose is keen to see improvements from his team. "We know that not everything was good against Bochum, but we've been working on it in training and now we have to show a different face," he said.