Finally, we are back to Bundesliga 3. For its first week Hanso Rostock will host Viktoria Köln this Saturday. Hanso Rostock are going on 8 years in Bundesliga 3 already, while Viktoria Köln were newly promoted from Regionalliga West.
Hanso Rostock has displayed consistent performance for the past two years; they have also completed the league at 6th place. Moreover, Rostock managed to win the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Cup. They did not lose anything from squad quality – on the contrary, they made some good transfers to cover for the players who had left the club. I think they’d make a better squad if the players who joined the club can overcome compliance problem.
On the other hand, Viktoria Köln has just entered the league; they completed some transfers with other teams in the 3rd Bundesliga but these are generally from the underdog teams. They also do not have any budget to make a transfer sufficient enough to change the winds until the match day. In my opinion, this season their priority will be focusing on staying in the 3rd league.
Hansa Rostock is one of the clubs with their roots deep in the 3rd league, while Viktoria Köln came from Regionalliga, which means there is a huge gap between these two teams. Taking the experience and quality differences between the two into consideration, placing your bet on Hansa Rostock is the best choice.