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Thursday 02/08/2018

SVS enjoy solid season

Focus on SV Sandhausen

Having come through a decent previous campaign, which saw SV Sandhausen finish in tenth place in the table, the team have boosted their standing yet again this time around: On 31 points, SVS are currently in sixth place in the table. Little wonder that head-coach Kenan Kocac was presented with a new contract until 202 during the winter-break.

The 37 year old has been at the SVS helm since 2016/2017 and the team has consistently improved under his guidance. Even in his first campaign in charge of the ‘Kurpfälzern’, Sandhausen enjoyed a solid season. During the summer, significant individuals such as Marco Knaller, Thomas Pledl or Daniel Gordon were allowed to leave the club, however, the departures had little negative impact on the performances – quite on the contrary: Never before have SV Sandhausen been better place in the ‘2. Bundesliga‘ table after 21 match-days.

SVS lose top striker

Having scored just 25 goals so far, Sandhausen are not considered one of the most potent scorers in the league and it remains tob e seen as to how well SV deal with the departure of their top goal-getter Lucas Höler. The 23 year old found the net for SVS eight times during the first half of the season, before moving on to SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga during the winter break. The squad was duly boosted with the signing of Icelandic international Rúrik Gíslason from 1. FC Nürnberg, in the hope he can claim more match-practice in Hardtwald.

Strong defence proves trump card

The fact that SVS have consistently notched up the points throughout the season is undoubtedly down to the achievements of a strong defensive unit. Having conceded just 19 times thus far, Sandhausen boast the league’s best defensive tally. During the autumn, Kocac’s men hit s bit of a dry spell, managing just four points from seven games, but as from the 17th match-day, SVS were back on track – snagging ten of the 15 available points. Last Friday at league leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf, SVS suffered an unfortunate 0-1 defeat.

Another of SV Sandhausen’s strengths is their home record, having taken 22 of 31 possible points on their own turf in the BWT-Stadion. The Löwen can expect a tough away challenge this Sunday in Hardtwald.

Photo: Agentur Hübner

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