Erzgebirge Aue find themselves as high as eighth with nine games remaining but if it wasn’t for their dreary road record they could be scaling even loftier heights.
The Violets have lost just one of their 12 games on home turf, with 27 of their 34 points amassed at their Aue-Bad Schlema base.
At odds-against it is worth chancing that playing behind closed doors won’t hinder their performance, particularly against such soft visitors in Sandhausen, who were on a rapid decline before the two-month break.
It is also worth noting that in seven of Erzgebirge Aue’s eight home wins they were ahead at half-time, so punters could opt for some extra value on the double result market.
Sanhausen make the trip to Erzgebirge Aue without victory in six matches, with their only win in ten attempts coming against another out-of-sort opponent in Osnabruck.
The visitors have been triumphant in just two of their 12 away assignments this season and it is interesting that in each of their five road defeats they failed to get on the scoresheet.
Erzgebirge Aue’s last home scalp was an emphatic 3-0 win over third-placed Hamburg and, providing they return in similar vein, this fixture should be relatively one-way traffic.
That was a third clean sheet in five home games for Erzgebirge Aue and they’ll be hopeful of another successful defensive display against a Sandhausen side who have fired blanks in four of their last six matches.
Two of Sandhausen’s recent upsets resulted in 2-0 defeats against Nuremberg and Karlsruher and a similar scoreline could be on the cards at the Erzgebirgsstadion.