The 2. Bundesliga gets underway this weekend with a curtain-raising clash between Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96 on Friday at 7.30pm (UK time).
Kaiserslautern are back in the second tier after spending three seasons in 3. Liga, and the four-time German champions will now be seeking back-to-back promotions to end their 10-year absence from the top flight. Hannover 96, likewise, will be pursuing that leap to Bundesliga football as they approach their fourth season in the second division. Recently-appointed Stefan Leitl guided Greuther Furth to Bundesliga promotion in 2020 for only the second time in the club’s history, so he certainly knows what is required to make it out of the second tier.
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Kaiserslautern team news
Kaiserslautern boss Dirk Schuster has been busy this summer, bringing six new faces into the Red Devil fold, including Erik Durm from Europa League winners Frankfurt, Lars Bunning, Julian Krahl, Ben Zolinski, experienced goalkeeper Andreas Luthe from Union Berlin, who featured 27 times in the Bundesliga last season, and Lex-Tyger Lobinger from Fortuna Dusseldorf. And there is just one absentee for the season opener, with Angelos Stavridis suffering an ankle injury.
Hannover 96 team news
Hannover 96 have been equally as prolific, if not more in the market. Bayern academy graduate Derrick Kohn returns to Germany, joining from Willem II, while Phil Neumann, Havard Nielsen, Fabian Kunze, Max Besuschkow and Louis Schaub all come in as free transfers. Ekin Celebi and 19-year-old Eric Uhlmann arrive from Stuttgart’s reserves and Leipzig’s youth ranks respectively, while Toni Stahl has been plucked from the lower tier. Teenage Cypriot Antonio Foti also links up with Leitl on loan from Frankfurt. Like Kaiserslautern, there is just one absentee for Hannover in Sebastian Ernst, who ruptured his Achilles tendon back in February.
Scoreline prediction: Kaiserslautern 1-2 Hannover 96
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