The trio of clubs relegated from the top flight last season are naturally enough all hoping for a speedy return there, but they failed to muster a win between them when the 2012/13 Bundesliga 2 campaign got under way last weekend.

All three will be looking to remedy that state of affairs this time around and two of them - 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 1. FC Köln - are in action in the opening Matchday 2 encounters on Friday - both, coincidentally, against sides freshly promoted from Liga 3.

Great start for Aalen

The Red Devils, who had to settle for a 3-3 draw after conceding a last-gasp goal in a home thriller with Union Berlin for starters, make the relatively short journey to VfR Aalen to face the surprise first-day table-toppers. The Baden-Württemberg outfit started life in Bundesliga 2 with a bang, winning 4-1 at MSV Duisburg. Now they aim to keep that form going in what will be their first-ever competitive encounter with one of Germany's oldest established clubs.

"Kaiserslautern have massive potential," VfR striker Robert Lechleiter acknowledges, "but we go into every game reckoning to take something out of it." The visitors for their part have put last week's squandered points behind them. "We want to try and impress our own game on the contest and come away with the three points, of course," says head coach Franco Foda.

Köln under pressure

Köln meanwhile take on SV Sandhausen in their first home game of the season. The Billy Goats started the season with a whimper, going down to a 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Braunschweig. It was hardly the best of starts for new head coach Holger Stanislawski, but the former long-time FC St. Pauli stalwart could take a measure of comfort in some bright passages of play from his revamped young side, who were let down above all by a lack of punch in front of goal.

Stanislawski will be expecting something more tangible against Sandhausen, but the visitors arrive in good heart after starting life in Bundesliga 2 with a solid 1-1 draw at home to FSV Frankfurt. "The game showed that we can hold our own at this level," coach Gerd Dais summarised.

Eastern promise

Last but not least, in the late (20:30 CEST) kick-off, FC Energie Cottbus play host to Erzgebirge Aue in what promises to be a hotly-contested encounter between these regional Eastern rivals. Both sides drew their opening matches, Cottbus salvaging a point at Ingolstadt thanks to a late brace from Boubacar Sanogo while Aue played out a goalless number at home to promotion hopefuls St. Pauli.

Cottbus has not been a happy stomping ground for Aue in the recent past - indeed they have lost on every visit to the Lausitz over the past 18 years. "This time we want to put on a better show and come away with something tangible," coach Karsten Baumann insists. Despite a few niggling injury worries, his opposite number Rudi Bommer is looking forward to the showdown: "Derbies are always a bit special. You can feel it around you in the atmosphere."