1860 Munich vs Großaspach – Sunday, October 28, 12:00BST/13:00CEST – Grünwalder Stadion, Munich, Germany
Finally a win for 1860 Munich! Die Löwen had to work hard against Eintracht Braunschweig on matchday 12 but in the end goals by Efkan Bekiroglu (51′) and Benjamin Kindsvater (93′) secured a deserved victory for 1860.
That final goal in injury time was, in particular, satisfactory for the home support. Up until matchday 12 of Liga 3 die Löwen have dropped five points after conceding three goals in injury time this season already. Without those conceded goals, 1860 would be second in the standings rather than just 12th.
With 16 points from the first 12 matches, 1860 are within the range expected by a newly promoted side. The problem, however, is that 1860 are not conceived as a normal promoted side. Instead, expectations in Munich-Giesing are always between euphoria and hysteria.
Keeping expectations balanced has been perhaps the biggest achievement by sporting director Günther Gorenzel and head coach Daniel Bierofka. Both were given the full confidence by the club even when 1860 failed to win any match during the Oktoberfest. Four points ahead of the relegation zone and just six points behind the promotion zone everything still seems possible for die Löwen this season.
That said it might not be healthy for the club to be fighting for promotion to Bundesliga 2 this season. “Thank god we are not on a top spot yet, this place would go insane,” one fan told the Futbolgrad Network during the 1-1 draw against Würzburg. Hence, stability is the key for 1860 at the moment.
Stability, of course, also means positive results. The match against Sonnenhof-Großaspach on Sunday will, therefore, be key. Sonnenhof-Großaspach were created after SpVgg Großaspach and Sonnenhof-Kleinaspach merged in 1994.
Promoted in 2014 to Liga 3 Großaspach’s model is to combine the best players from the region that have struggled to break into the squads of some of the top clubs located in Baden-Württemberg and nearby Bavaria. It has been a model that has kept the club in the league over the last four seasons.
This year Sonnenhof-Großaspach have won two, drew eight and lost two games with a goal differential of 8-8. It is typical minimalist football that is played by head coach Florian Schnorrenbeg, who will likely have his side sit deep in the noisy Grünwalder Stadion on Sunday afternoon.
It is a strategy that might work given that 1860 are going to miss Adriano Grimaldi. But die Löwen will have plenty of attacking threats in their lineup and should be continuing their positive form with a win against Sonnenhof-Großaspach on Sunday.
1860 Munich vs Großaspach – Players to look out for:
Romuald Lacazette #38 – TSV 1860 München
Romuald Lacazette returned to 1860 München on transfer deadline day this summer. Signed on loan from Darmstadt the little brother of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette played for 1860 between 2015 and 2017 but left the club after 1860’s relegation two years ago. Joining 1860 late in the summer, however, meant that it took some time for Lacazette to make up the gap in fitness to his teammates but against Braunschweig Bierorfka started the French midfielder and Lacazette was a stabilising force in midfield, and it is likely that he has now earned himself a position in the starting eleven.
Makana Baku #11 – SG Sonnenhof-Großaspach
Makana Baku is a perfect example of Sonnenhof-Großaspach’s player recruitment. The twin brother of Mainz’s super talent Ridle Baku, Makana left Mainz to gain some first team experience in the summer of 2017. It is a strategy that has worked for the talented midfielder played 28 Liga 3 matches last season and has been a regular starter for the SGS this season starting in all 12 games.
1860 Munich vs Großaspach – Match Stats
- 1860 Munich finally turned the table against Braunschweig by scoring a late goal – reversing a trend that saw die Löwen already drop five points in injury time this year.
- This is the first time the two teams face one-another.
- Großaspach’s Stephane Mvibudulu, Julian Leist and Korbinian Burger have all played for 1860.
Futbolgrad Network Prediction: 1860 Munich vs Großaspach – 2-0
1860 Munich vs Großaspach – Lineups
TSV 1860 München:
Hiller – H. Paul, Wein, Si. Lorenz, Steinhart – Moll – Lex, Lacazette, Bekiroglu, Karger – Mölders
Head Coach: Daniel Bierofka
K. Broll – Choroba, Gehring, Leist, Burger – Bösel, Vitzthum – Hercher, Pelivan, Baku – Röttger
Head Coach: Florian Schnorrenberg
Manuel Veth is the owner and Editor in Chief of the Futbolgrad Network. He also works as a freelance journalist and among others works for the Bundesliga and Pro Soccer USA. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which is available HERE. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.