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FCSP eye positive end to home game trilogy against Bochum

The Boys in Brown host VfL Bochum on Friday evening (1830 CET) to bring a run of three successive home games in ten days to a close. Now four league games without a win, Jos Luhukay's side intend to sign off into the third international break of the season with a positive result after the 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup and what felt like a defeat in the 2-2 draw against Karlsruhe.

A fourth home win of the season was within touching distance, but two late Karlsruhe goals meant the Boys in Brown ultimately had to settle for a draw. The mood in the camp after the fourth league game without a win was as you might expect. In their quest to bring the dry spell to an end, Luhukay's charges face a Bochum side who have served up some spectacular fare this season. Just two of their matches have produced two goals or fewer, the other 12 have seen the net bulge 48 times, more than any other team in the league. Bochum also bowed out of the DFB Cup after a mighty struggle last week, conceding twice late on to lose 2-1 against Bayern Munich and miss out on what would have been a sensational upset.

The "sensation" came in the next home game, as it was the first time a fixture at the Ruhr Stadium didn't end in a draw this season. After five successive draws (3x 3-3, 2x 2-2), Thomas Reis's side defeated Nürnberg 3-1 to move within a point of the non-relegation places. And a win at the Millerntor would see them make a huge leap up the table, given that the gap to KSC in eighth place is just three points.

A win at the Millerntor would also see Bochum leapfrog the Boys in Brown in the table. A win for Jos Luhukay's team, however, would bring their four-match winless run to an end and ease them up the standings.

 

Photos: Witters

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