Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Darmstadt will be aiming to cement top position in the standings when they take on Magdeburg on Friday afternoon. The Lilywhites failed to impress in back-to-back losses to St. Pauli and Hannover, but they are still seen as hot favourites to beat Magdeburg on home soil. Fabian Schnellhardt is likely to replace Jannik Muller in the starting XI, while both Matthias Bader and Braydon Manu are banned for the match. Oscar Vilhelmsson and Frank Ronstadt miss out with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four league matches. Magdeburg, though, have already secured the 2. Bundesliga survival, meaning that they have nothing to play for in the season finale. Taking everything into account, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. As for the away team, all Krempicki, Reimann, Franzke, Rieckmann, Castaignos, Muller, Kath, and Halbouni remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Team (Darmstadt):
SV Darmstadt 98 are a professional football club that compete in the German Bundesliga. Darmstadt were founded in 1898 and the club’s original name was FC Olympia Darmstadt. In 1905 the club changed its’ name to Sportvererien Darmstadt 98. Die Lilien (The Lilies) play their home games at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor and the capacity of the ground is 17,000.
After spending 33 years in lower leagues, Darmstadt competed in the German Bundesliga in the 2015/2016 campaign, with the team finishing the season in 14th place in the standings, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Die Lilien wear blue shirts and white shorts and their main rivals are Kickers Offenbach.
The likes of Bruno Labbadia, Gino Lettieri, Zivojin Juskic, Kosta Runjaic, Lothar Buchmann are some of the most famous coaches that used to be in charge of the team in the past. It has to be noted that Darmstadt have won the Hesse Cup seven times (1966, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013).