SANDHAUSEN FACT FILE
Wednesday, 28. March 2018, 20:11 Uhr
After two draws in succession against Braunschweig (0-0) and Kaiserslautern (1-1), the Boys in Brown now entertain SV Sandhausen on Easter Sunday. Ahead of the Millerntor clash we ran the rule over our next opponents and, as usual, have come up with a few facts and figures for you to consider.
Consistency in the dugout has been key for Sandhausen in recent years. In the last five seasons they have had only two coaches – Alois Schwartz and current boss Kenan Kocak. Their records are almost identical when it comes to points won. Sandhausen returned an average of 1.28 points per game under Schwartz, while Kocak has managed 1.29. General manager and director of sport Otmar Schork has also been with the club for some time. Now in his second spell with SVS, Schork took charge in 2011 when they were still playing in the third tier.
This season has unfolded relatively quietly for Sandhausen. Though they have never slipped lower than tenth, their current position in the table, they will be casting a nervous glance behind them after taking just one point from their last four games. Their points haul in 2018 (nine) is the worst of any team in the league, as is their number of goals scored (seven).
Sandhausen have been dogged with injury problems this season, with no fewer than seven players suffering bone fractures. This is the reason why Kenan Kocak's side contested no friendlies during the international reason. They are not averse to dishing it out themselves, though, having committed 494 fouls to date, more than any other team at this level. Nevertheless, no Sandhausen player has been shown a straight red card, which means they occupy a more than respectable fourth place in the fair play table.
Hard to crack
The Sandhausen rearguard has been breached just 27 times this term – the lowest number of goals conceded in Bundesliga 2. Goalkeeper Marcel Schuhen, who arrived at the club on a free transfer from Hansa Rostock last summer, has been a key factor in this. The 25-year-old has kept nine clean sheets already and has featured in every minute so far. The only other goalkeeper to go the full distance, incidentally, is our very own Robin Himmelmann.
Whenever Sandhausen fall behind this season, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. In the 13 matches in which they have found themselves trailing, they have failed to win a single one. They have at least managed two draws, but the remaining 11 all ended in defeat. Sandhausen's record at the Millerntor is also less than stellar, with just one victory in five attempts thus far.