Regensburg fact file
Wednesday, 24. April 2019, 10:22 Uhr
The Boys in Brown go up against Jahn Regensburg in the penultimate home game of the season on Saturday. As usual, we’ve run the rule over our next opponents.
When Regensburg beat Magdeburg 1-0 last weekend it wasn’t the first time they had won this season by scoring one more than their opponents. In fact, it was the eighth. Only three of their 11 victories this term have been by a greater margin (2-0 at home to Paderborn, 3-1 at Duisburg and 5-0 at HSV).
Achim Beierlorzer's team have repeatedly shown great character after going behind this season. They have had to play catch-up in 20 of their 30 games so far but ended up losing only seven, drawing nine and coming back to win four. Jahn's haul of 21 points after falling behind is the best in the league.
The reason why Regensburg have had to chase the game so often this season quickly becomes clear when you look at when they have conceded. Jahn have shipped 23 goals before the break, nine in the opening quarter of an hour alone, more than any other team in the first half. Their defending has been excellent from minute 60, however, with just 11 goals conceded, a league best.
Bad boy Geipl
Regensburg are not known for being a dirty team. Their tally of 65 bookings and two red cards (one straight) leaves them midway in the fair-play table. Andreas Geipl is right up there, however, with 63 fouls and nine yellow cards already to his name. Only three players have committed more infringements and they are Darmstadt's Serdar Dursun (87), Union's Sebastian Andersson (75) and Bielefeld's Fabian Klos (64). Geipl sits fourth in the league rankings for cautions, with only Paderborn's Klaus Gjasula, Aue's Calogero Rizzuto (both 11) and Magdeburg's Dennis Erdmann (10) going into the referee's notebook more often. Geipl, who served a one-match ban as early as round 9, has been able to ward off a second suspension so far. The hard-working midfielder has not been booked in six games.
The referee's assistants have raised their flags to cut short a Regensburg attack almost three times a game on average this season. Jahn have been waved back 89 times in total, with captain Marco Grüttner the worst offender (39 offsides). Erzgebirge Aue are the only team to have strayed offside more often (97), while the Boys in Brown sit in mid-table on 65.
Prolific away from home
Regensburg's attacking trio of Marco Grüttner, Sargis Adamyan and Hamadi Al Ghaddioui have scored 29 goals this season, which equates to almost two-thirds of their total of 44. Their strike rate away from home is particularly impressive. Adamyan has scored eight of his 11 goals on the road, Grüttner seven out of 12 and Al Ghaddioui five out of six. The latter has yet to register at the Millerntor, which cannot be said for Adamyan and Grüttner, who were both on target in last season's 2-2 draw.