The hosts are in poor recent form, with three straight losses, little to play for and are missing several key players.
Essen are fighting for their survival and arrive on the back of two inspired "road" wins, at Koblenz and amazingly, Karlsruhe.
Perched just above the relegation zone, only on goal difference and with 3 of their next 4 starts, against, Rostock, Furth and Duisburg, who are all chasing promotion, they have to get something for their troubles this evening. I think they will.
4.5 points Essen +1/4 ball asian line 1.82. result 0-0 + 1.845 pts