Our prediction for this Bundesliga 2 match:
Schalke 04 will be aiming to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Heidenheim when they take on Darmstadt on Matchday 13. Die Knappen have already suffered elimination in the German Cup, meaning that they will be fully focused on 2. Bundesliga in the remainder of the season. Schalke rolled over both Ingolstadt (3-0) and Dynamo Dresden (3-0) in the previous two home fixtures, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Darmstadt.
Both Michael Langer and Salif Sane miss the game with injuries for the home side. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, aim to stay in the race for promotion, but seeing that they have been struggling at the back in away games, we are tempted to put our money on die Knappen this time out. All Frank Ronstadt, Ensar Arslan, and Tim Skarke are sidelined with injuries, while Klaus Gjasula has been tested positive for coronavirus.
Highlighted Player (Amine Harit):
Amine Harit is a French-born Moroccan footballer, who plays for Schalke 04 in Bundesliga. Born in Pontoise (France) on June 18, 1997, Harit began his youth career in the suburbs of Paris, learning the football basics with Argentuil C.O.
After spending four years at Esperance Paris 19eme, the attacking midfielder moved to famous French club Paris Saint-Germain. However, he quickly returned to Esperance Paris 19eme and in 2011 he joined fellow French club Red Star. One year later he moved to Nantes, where he ended his youth career.
Amine Harit continued playing for les Canaris at senior level and after scoring one goal in 30 league games for Nantes, he signed a contract with Bundesliga side Schalke 04. Harit made two appearances for France U21 team, but he represents Morocco at senior level. The attacking midfielder, who is used as a winger as well, made his Morocco debut on October 7, 2017 against Gabon in the 2018 FIFA world cup qualifiers.
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).