• Bochum have only lost three of their 15 home games this season.
  • St. Pauli have only won one of their 14 away games this season.
  • The hosts score an average of 2.20 goals per home game.
  • The visitors concede an average of 1.79 goals per away game.

Bochum are enjoying an unbeaten run in the 2. Bundesliga

Bochum made it seven games unbeaten in the 2. Bundesliga last time out as they drew 0-0 away at Nurnberg, a result that leaves Die Unabsteigbaren sitting 9th in the table on 36pts. Friday’s guests St. Pauli also played out a stalemate in their last league game, holding Karlsruher to a 1-1 draw on the road which keeps Kiezkicker just a point behind Bochum.

We’re predicting a close game between these two mid-table rivals, especially as three of their last four encounters have ended all square, and Bochum have plenty to prove in this fixture as they haven’t beaten St. Pauli in any of the duo’s last 11 competitive matches. Back in November Bochum took the lead in Hamburg after just five minutes through Zoller only for St. Pauli to provide an almost instant reply through Sobota. The game ended 1-1 in front of almost 30,000 fans and St. Pauli’s unbeaten run against Bochum increased.

The hosts have a strong home record

Bochum have looked strong at home this season where they have secured five wins, seven draws, and only suffered three defeats, so you can start to see just why we are backing the hosts with a double chance bet this Friday. Despite these two sides being so close in the table, St. Pauli have only managed to win once on the road in the 2. Bundesliga. However, six draws away from home suggests that the visitors are capable of claiming a point on Friday, especially as they have that excellent recent record against their hosts.

The home side arrive in the midst of an unbeaten run of seven league games and have won their last two home games against Holstein Kiel and Heidenheim, both of whom sit above them in the table, while St. Pauli have lost three of their last six on their travels but have scored all bar two of those matches.

St. Pauli don’t win many games on the road but have drawn six times on their travels

We’re predicting a narrow 2-1 final scoreline in favour of Bochum this Friday but the main reason behind our double chance bet is the sheer amount of draws both sides have played out this season. With Bochum drawing seven of their 15 home games and St. Pauli playing out six stalemates on the road, there is certainly a chance we ould see the sides cancel each other out on Friday.

However, Bochum score an average of 2.20 goals per home game while St. Pauli score an average of just 1.00 goals per away game and concede an average of 1.79 goals, which backs our prediction for a 2-1 final scoreline between the pair.

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