Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Darmstadt and Hamburger, the two teams who competed in the Bundesliga a few seasons ago, take on each other in the German second tier on Saturday afternoon. Darmstadt have been playing some beautiful football of late, with each of their previous five league games finishing with over 2.5 goals. The Lilywhites are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we are positive that they will find the net in Saturday’s clash.
HSV are determined to return to the German top flight, but their current form is not giving fans a reason for optimism. Hamburger are on a three-game losing run at the moment, and, to make things even worse for the visitors, midfielder Sonny Kittel is banned for the match. Die Rothosen, though, have netted eight goals in total in the four away games this season, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Toni Leistner):
The 28-year-old central defender Toni Leistner spent the majority of his professional career playing in native Germany, before arriving to Queens Park Rangers in 2018. Having made his professional debut in 2008 for his boyhood club SC Borea Dresden, Leistner enjoyed a mixed spell at a hometown club Dynamo Dresden before he was shipped out on loan to Hallescher FC in 2013.
It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Berlin in 2014 that his true colours were beginning to show. Four years and 115 league matches later, a towering right-sided defender arrived in England as one of the best centre-backs in the German second tier over the past couple of years.
Aston Villa were reportedly among the clubs looking to bring Leistner during the summer of 2018 but ended up being beaten to the punch by QPR who made the German defender a new captain heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
Highlighted Team (Hamburg):
Hamburg was founded in 1919 out of a fusion of 3 different football clubs from Hamburg. Because of the fusion the Hamburg SV have 4 official club colours which all are in the current home kit of the club. Hamburg SV is playing in the Bundesliga since the national league officialy started. Hamburg SV never played in another league than the Bundesliga. The best results of Hamburg SV were in the eighties where the club won the national league 2 times and the Europa Cup 1 once.
Since 1963 Hamburg is playing their home games in the Volksparstadium. In 1998 Hamburg SV changed to a new venue where the capacity 57 000 is. This is the venue where Hamburg SV is playing right now and is called the Imtech Arena. Because of international legislation the capacity in European games is 51500.
Known former players that played for Hamburg SV are: Van der Vaart, Beckenbauer, Ze Roberto, Guerrero and Felix Magath.