After narrowly missing out last season, both outfits started 2012/13 with a draw on the road last weekend and have the chance to build on that with home advantage against tricky opposition this time around.
Pauli ready to push on
Only goal difference prevented the Kiezkicker from usurping Fortuna Düsseldorf in the promotion play-off place last time out and a good start is crucial to their hopes of going one better this season. "We want to win at home. A victory would have a big bearing on us positioning ourselves well," coach Andre Schubert said ahead of his side's encounter with potential surprise package FC Ingolstadt: "But we know that this game against one of the dark horses is anything but a foregone conclusion."
A late brace from Boubacar Sanogo saw Ingolstadt let a 2-0 lead slip through their fingers on the opening day against Energie Cottbus, but it will take more than a bit of misfortune to quell the fighting spirit of the Schanzer. "One thing's for certain," said FCI boss Tomas Oral, "we'll give it everything we've got and see what comes out of it."
Bochum pitted against promotion hopefuls
Elsewhere VfL Bochum will be determined to build upon their 2-1 home win against Dynamo Dresden from Matchday 1. Germany's archetypical 'yo-yo' club are likely to be hard pressed against Paderborn, who, despite losing several key players in the summer, were a mite unfortunate to have to settle for a 2-2 draw at Hertha BSC Berlin last Friday after twice going in front.
"Against Bochum we want to once again demonstrate the quality we showed in individual positions against Hertha, take the next step and record a positive result," said SCP head coach Stephan Schmidt.