Manuel Veth –
Zwickau vs 1860 Munich – Saturday, May 4, 13:00BST/14:00CEST – Stadion Zwickau, Zwickau, Germany
Zwickau are pretty much there. Coached by the American Joe Enochs the club from Saxony are all but save from relegation this season.
Heading into matchday 36 Zwickau have collected 46 points, just one short of the required 47 points that it takes to be 100% secure from going down. As a result, Zwickau have already begun their planning for the new season presented new signing Christopher Handke, who will join the club from Magdeburg this summer.
Meanwhile, Enochs can welcome back left-back René Lange. The defender missed the 2-0 defeat against Meppen with a suspension. Off the pitch, Zwickau are hoping to fill the 10,134 Stadion Zwickau for 1860 Munich’s visit.
The Lions are certainly used to playing in front of capacity crowds. At the same time, however, the atmosphere has been subpar in recent weeks. Ongoing problems between the club and the investor and poor results are overshadowing what overall has been a decent season for a newly promoted Regionalliga side.
In fact, recent results could threaten the overall success this year. Midweek the Lions were eliminated from the Bavarian Toto-Pokal by Regionalliga side Viktoria Aschaffenburg. As a result, the Lions will not be playing in the DFB Pokal this season.
“The first 20 to 25 minutes were horrendous by us, without a doubt,” head coach Daniel Bierofka said after the game. “Some players should look in the mirror and think of their performance,” he added. Without the DFB Pokal 1860 Munich will have a big financial hole to fill next season.
On top of that, the club also lost Stefan Lex to a long-term injury. The winger will be out for the rest of the season and adds to an already difficult injury situation at the club. But perhaps the defeat in the Toto Cup will be a catalyst. Already last season 1860 missed out on winning the Cup, but in the end, the semifinal defeat caused a chain reaction that led to the eventual promotion of the club last summer.
The sort of chain reaction that is also needed this year. 1860 are just five points clear of the relegation zone and need at least another three points to reach safety. Zwickau might be a perfect opportunity to get the job done, but the Lions never make it easy for themselves…
Zwickau vs 1860 Munich – Players to look out for:
Ronny König #15 – FSV Zwickau
Ronny König is a typical lower league football hero. The 35-year-old striker leads Zwickau in scoring with eight goals and six assists in 34 games this season. A veteran in this league, the striker, has played 220 games (43 goals 18 assists) in Bundesliga 2 and 134 games in Liga 3 (35 goals, 11 assists). His longest stint has come at Zwickau where he has played 118 games (41 goals, 10 assists).
Philipp Steinhart #36 – 1860 Munich
Where are the goals going to come from? Scoring goals has been 1860’s biggest problem all season long. Perhaps someone just needs to hammer home a freekick, or head home a corner kick. In fact, when it comes to setpieces 1860, in Philipp Steinhart, have one of the best players in the league. Hence, it is simply time for the Lions to score a dirty goal and get a result over the line.
Zwickau vs 1860 Munich – Match Stats
- 1860’s Herbert Paul became only the second player in Liga 3 history to receive three yellow-red cards in one season. Lotte’s Tim Wendel also was sent off on three occasions with a double booking during the 2016/17.
- 1860’s 2-0 victory at home on December 1, 2018, was the first-ever game between the two clubs.
- 1860’s defeat to Karlsruhe marked the first time since 1969 that the club had lost four games in a row in professional football without scoring a goal.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: Zwickau vs 1860 Munich – 1-1
Zwickau vs 1860 Munich – Lineups
Brinkies – Antonitsch, Wachsmuth, Gaul, Lange – Schröter, Reinhardt, Frick, Miatke – König, Lauberbach
Head Coach: Joe Enochs
Hiller – Weeger, F. Weber, Mauersberger, Steinhart – Wein, Bekiroglu – Willsch, Kindsvater, Karger – Mölders
Head Coach: Daniel Bierofka
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others contributes to Forbes.com and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.