SV Waldhof Mannheim travels to SC Freiburg II as third in the table and could even move up to second place with a win. In the league, the Palatinate are unbeaten for seven games.
In order to find the last defeat of SV Waldhof Mannheim in the 3rd division so far, you have to go back a few pages in the calendar. On August 28th, more than two months ago, coach Patrick Glöckner’s team lost 1-0 at Viktoria Berlin. Mannheim then celebrated four wins in seven league games and three draws. Only in the DFB Cup did you have to admit defeat to the Bundesliga club Union Berlin after extra time.
3rd league with the prestigious Saar-Palatinate Derby between 1. FC Saarbrücken and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In addition, third in the table, Waldhof Mannheim, is a guest at the newly promoted SC Freiburg II.
Now it’s time for the Mannheim team on Saturday (kick-off at 2:00 p.m., summary from 5:30 p.m. on SWR television) to SC Freiburg II. From Freiburg’s point of view, the significant 6-0 defeat at 1860 Munich last weekend was bitter. Nevertheless, one should “in no way underestimate the Freiburg,” said SVW coach Patrick Glöckner before the game in the SWR interview.
Bartels is again in the Mannheimer Tor
Jan-Christoph Bartels will again stand between the posts of the Mannheim Gate in the Freiburg Dreisam Stadium. Timo Königsmann, who started the season as number one, still has a bit of training deficit after his Corona quarantine, according to Glöckner. In addition, Bartels did his job “excellently” in the past games and thus earned his place in the starting line-up on Saturday.
Should SV Waldhof Mannheim remain unbeaten in Freiburg for the eighth time in a row, they could even jump to second place in the table. VfL Osnabrück (24 points) – on Saturday against 1860 Munich – has only one more point in the account than SV Waldhof (23).
Whirl around Kientz exemption
Things are going well on the court for the Electoral Palatinate, but next to the field there is a crunch. The exemption of sports director Jochen Kientz in the afternoon before the cup game against Union Berlin and the latest statements by SVW President Bernd Beetz about a possible cover-up of a corona case continue to make headlines.
However, the Kientz case did not have an impact on the mood in the team, according to Glöckner. “It’s a matter between the club and Jochen. That’s why we stay out of it completely,” said the SVW coach.