Munich - Friday brings the first instalment of Matchday 4 in Bundesliga 2, with promotion hopefuls 1860 Munich and 1. FC Kaiserslautern both in action. Elsewhere, Holger Stanislawski's 1. FC Köln aim for a first league win of the campaign following a disappointing start

1860 Munich - MSV Duisburg

Duisburg were the first club to crack this season when it came to firing the coach, relieving Oliver Reck of his post last week after a three straight defeats and with the side rooted to the bottom of the table. Sporting director Ivic Grlic has taken over first team duties for the time being, while a permanent successor is expected to be appointed before next weekend at the latest.

1860 on song

In the meantime, the managerless Zebras could harldly have been handed a tougher fixture. 1860 Munich harbour ambitions of promotion this season and, after avoiding defeat in two tough away games at Dresden and Kaiserslautern, will be looking to add to a victory over Jahn Regensburg on the season's opening day.

Dynamo Dresden - 1. FC Kaiserslautern

The atmosphere at the glücksgas-Stadion promises to be a special one as two of Germany's most famously loud sets of fans engage one another. Dresden were impressive in their last game, winning away at Duisburg and also have a striker in the mood in Mickael Pote.

Lautern unbeaten

Lautern, another team hoping to be back in the Bundesliga at the first attempt, have begun their campaign solidly, if unspectacularly. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their three matches, however, and will pin-point matches against potential promotion rivals as worth more than just the three points.

1. FC Köln - FC Energie Cottbus

Following their relegation from the Bundesliga in May, hopes were high that 1. FC Köln could make an instant return to the top flight, particularly after the hiring of coach Holger Stanislawski. Things have not gone accoring to plan, however, as the new-look team have just one point from three matches and go into this game on the back of a disastrous 2-0 defeat away to FC Erzgebirge Aue in midweek. A better result is certainly needed here.

History with Köln

Cottbus will provide a stern test for the Rhinelanders. Rudi Bommer's team have two wins and a draw from their opening three games and have striker Boubacar Sanogo bang in form with three goals already. Encouragingly for the Billy Goats, however, Cottbus are without a win in the last six meetings between the two sides, but there is no mistaking the form team this time round.

Bernie Reeves