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Focus on FC Erzgebirge Aue
The second competitive game of 2018 also marks second away outing of the year for the Löwen: Following the 0-2 defeat away to 1. FC Heidenheim, the Blau-Gelben will now be particularly eager to claim their first win of the year in the Erzgebirge region. Having had a turbulent start to the 2017/2018 campaign, including a change of head-coach, calm has set in with the ‘Veilchen‘. A tally of 23 points means 14th place for the side from Sachsen, who, just like Eintracht, will be looking for a win on Sunday to open up a gap on the teams in the danger-zone (kick-off 13:30 CET).
Domenico Tedesco, who impressively led Aue to second-flight survival last season, moved on to FC Schalke 04 in the summer. In searching for a replacement, FC found their man in Austria – with Thomas Letsch arriving from FC Liefering. However, the 49 year old’s tenure was short-lived and, after three defeats to start the season, the coach was shown the door. In September, U19 coach Hannes Drews from Holstein Kiel was brought in to steady the ship. Under the guidance of the 35 year old, the Purple & Whites consistently took points, until hitting a lull in October, when Aue took just three points from five games.
In 13th place in the table, with a total of ten more points than at the same time in the previous year, the Veilchen went into the winter-break. Just as the Löwen, Aue spent part of their winter-preparations in Spain. During the winter transfer window, FC boosted their squad with the addition of striker Ridge Munsy. The 28 year old was brought in on a loan move from Grasshoppers Zürich until the end of the season. Having scored just 18 goals prior to the break, Erzgebirge Aue clearly have their problems in attack, with top goal-getter Sören Bertram netting just four times. Striker Pascal Köpke has three goals to his credit, with a further six assists on his account.
The Veilchen began competitively in 2018 with a 1-2 defeat to league leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf on wednesday night, in spite of putting in a more than amicable performance. This Sunday’s clash with the Löwen will also be Aue’s first game at the now completed Erzgebirgsstadion. The former East-German champions are expecting a big turn-out and the Blau-Gelben can prepare themselves for a very special atmosphere in the ground. Generally, home games are a particular strength of Aue, who secured 15 of the 23 points at home. In Braunschweig early in the season, the sides played out a 1-1 draw, but Eintracht will now be extremely determined to claim their first victory of the year.