Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Darmstadt will be aiming to extend their brilliant four-game winning run to five games when they take on Fortuna Dusseldorf at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor in the 2. Bundesliga round 16. The Lilywhites were impressive in November, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to return to the German top flight. A man to watch in the home team will be Luca Pfeiffer, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, while midfielder Fabian Schnellhardt should be the only absentee in the home team.
Fortuna Dusseldorf, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Dynamo Dresden and Heidenheim. Since the visitors have been in front of goal in recent weeks, home win should definitely be considered. Florian Kastenmeier has been tested positive for coronavirus, while all Shinta Appelkamp, Andre Hoffmann, and Dawid Kownacki should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alfredo Morales):
Alfredo Morales is an American football player who was born in Berlin on 12 May, 1990. The USA midfielder moved to Germany as a boy and he played for the likes of BSC Reinickendorf 21, Borussia Pankow, FC Concordia Wilhelmsruh and Hertha BSC during his youth career.
Morales played 81 games for Hertha II at senior level, scoring 11 league goals for the capital club. He made 20 appearances for the first team as well, but in 2013 he joined Ingolstadt on a two-year deal. Alfredo Morales was eligible to play for both Germany and USA, but he decided to represent the Yanks on the international level.
The 183-cm-tall midfielder made his USA debut on 29 January, 2013 against Canada. He came as a substitute 15 minutes before the final whistle. It has to be noted that Morales represented United States of America at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both centre back and a defensive midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Dusseldorf):
Founded on May 5, 1985, Fortuna Dusseldorf are a German side that compete in Bundesliga . The Fingeraner welcome their rivals at their Espirit Arena, the venue that was opened in 2004. The capacity of the stadium is 54,600, but the venue did not host 2016 FIFA World Cup games.
Fortuna Dusseldorf play home games in red shirts and red shorts, with the team wearing white shirts with red stripes and white shorts on the travels. The club did well to win the Western German championship in 1931 and two years later they lifted the trophy in the German championship, which is considered their biggest success.
Speaking of the German Cup, Fortuna Dusseldorf won the DFB-Pokal twice (1979, 1980), while making it to the final of the competition in 1937, 1957, 1958, 1962 and 1978. The likes of Paul Janes, Anton Turek, Stanislaus Kobierski, Klaus Allofs, Ernst Albrecht and Erich Juskowiak are some of notable footballers who played for the Fingeraner in the past.