The two-month break did little to change the fortunes of Sandhausen, who were dragged closer to the relegation zone following a 3-1 defeat at Erzgebirge Aue.
That extended Sandhausen’s winless run to seven and left them only two points clear of the relegation places, but yet there were still plenty of positives to take from their performance considering defender Dennis Diekmeir was sent off after just four minutes.
Despite conceding a penalty from the resulting foul, Uwe Koschinat’s ten-men edged the shot count 15-13 against a side flying high with only one defeat in 13 home games this term.
Sandhausen are languishing dangerously close to the drop but have lost just three of their 13 home assignments and are expected to make life tough for leaky visitors Jahn Regensburg, particularly if top scorer Kevin Behrens makes his return.
Jahn Regensburg snapped a three-game losing sequence with last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Holstein Kiel but they required an injury-time penalty to do so and are far from certain to back that up on the road.
Regensburg have lost six of their last seven away league games, which includes a 4-1 defeat at Karlsruher and a 6-0 hiding at Arminia Bielefeld. They also suffered a shock 2-1 reverse at bottom club Dynamo Dresden.
Only Karlsruher, Nuremberg and Bochum have a more generous backline than Regensburg, who have shipped 44 goals in 26 league games.
The visitors have conceded 25 in just 13 away trips – 1.92 per game – and will need their strikers to be on top form to avoid leaving Sandhausen empty-handed.
Both teams have scored in 11 of the last 14 meetings between the pair and their latest rivalry promises to be another cracker.
There have been 82 goals scored in Regensburg’s 26 outings – an average of 3.15 per game. 42 of those goals have come in just 13 contests on the road and they have managed just one clean sheet in that period.
Sandhausen, who have expressed their attacking quality with seven goals in their last three games, have seen the net bulge at both ends in five of their last seven home assignments.
Regensburg’s last two defeats have been by a 2-1 scoreline and at 17/2 there could be value in opting for the same scenario to play out here.