Eintracht simply has to turn the tables

Eintracht simply has to turn the tables

What can not change in a year so everything. It was just over eleven months ago that Eintracht Braunschweig faced Arminia Bielefeld on the home stretch towards promotion to the first division. The East Westphalians themselves had their backs to the wall in the relegation battle. The rest is just the Eintracht fans painfully remembered. 0:6 after 90 minutes from the Lions' point of view. The direct promotion was gone, but Arminia celebrated the decisive step to class preservation.

The situation has not been completely reversed since then. Bielefeld is not knocking nearly as loudly on the door of the 1. Liga as Eintracht did back then, and the blue-yellows still have a couple of table places between them and the relegation place. But the roles from back then have been reversed a bit today.

While Eintracht may have to continue to tremble even with a win, Arminia can already feel quite safe with five points more on the account and even dream a little of promotion with six points behind 3rd place. "We don't want to be accused of not having tried everything in case Kiel still weakens," coach Jeff Saibene is quoted in "Kicker".

So the people of Braunschweig can't hope that Arminia will take it easy after their success against Aue last matchday. The Arminen will probably go into the game as hungry as they were a year ago, when it was all about staying in the league for them. But that's exactly why the memory of the 0:6 in May 2017 in Bielefeld even gives Eintracht a little hope for today's match. Now, with their backs to the wall, the Lions are looking to put in an unprecedented energy performance and take a big step toward staying in the league with a win. How it goes under prere, they have seen then at the Arminen. Now all they have to do is turn the tables.

Of course, this will not be easy. Since Saibene on 20. After taking over as coach at the Bielefeld club in March 2017, the team has developed strongly, and not just because it managed to stay in the relegation zone at the last moment. The Luxemburger has kept the East Westphalians clearly on course this season as well. With the exception of one match day, his team was always in single digits in the table.

With the lions, on the other hand, it has gone in the opposite direction since the 0:6. The relegation against Wolfsburg was lost, and now even relegation to League 3 is threatening. It's time for the next turn in soccer history.

For Eintracht, it is therefore very important that Jan Hochscheidt is probably available for the match. The midfielder, who was banged up, completed the entire final training session on Thursday.

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