The schedule is demanding in the Regionalliga. The 2020/21 season will be defined by lots of midweek fixtures and limited time to recover between matches. The BVB U23s have cruised through the opening weeks of the new campaign. After picking up 10 points from four matches, the Black & Yellows will be hoping to make it 13 from five when they travel to play newly-promoted SC Wiedenbrück on Wednesday.

The big match against Essen (which ended in a 1-1 draw) was three days ago, and Enrico Maaßen's side have spent the intervening time preparing for their next opponents. Nonetheless, the head coach still has one eye on last Sunday's duel with RWE: ''It was the tough match we were expecting. RW Essen are the overwhelming favourites, they have a very experienced team. There was a real lack of chances in the first half, it was very much a tactical game. We made some slight adjustments for the second half. Taylan Duman's goal really got us going. But at the end of the day, you'd have to say it was a fair result. Essen had two or three golden opportunities to score.''

The U23s have managed to go four games undefeated and now have the chance to continue this run on Wednesday. Newly-promoted Wiedenbrück got their league campaign underway with a 1-1 draw against Essen. The following weekend, they were knocked out of the DFB Cup by SC Paderborn after suffering a 5-0 defeat. Coach Daniel Brinkmann's side then won their second league game 2-1 against Bonner SC. Wednesday night's match will be a memorable occasion for BVB's Aday Ercan. The 20-year-old joined the Black & Yellows in the summer after winning promotion to the Regionalliga last season with SC Wiedenbrück. 

The match against SC Wiedenbrück will kick off at 19:30 CET on Wednesday evening. 300 spectators are allowed to attend the encounter in the Jahnstadion. 

Timo Lammert