Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a thrilling 7-0 win over Preussen in the German Cup, Koln take on Darmstadt in the opening match off the new Bundesliga campaign. The Billy Goats finished the 2015/2016 season in ninth position in the standings, seven points behind Europa League places. Koln are eager to represent Germany in the European competitions next team, but the team’s main goal is to secure yet another top flight survival. Darmstadt, on the other hand, finished the last season in 14th place in the Bundesliga standings, just two points above the relegation zone and it remains to be seen if they are capable of avoiding relegation to 2. Bundesliga once again. Darmstadt hammered Bremer SV in their German Cup opener 7-0 and seeing that Koln impressed against Preussen at the weekend as well, we predict that both teams are going to find the net in Saturday’s football match at RheinEnergieStadion.
Highligted Player (Montero):
The 26-year-old Jefferson Montero is a lightning quick winger who plays for Swansea City in the English Premier League. After starting his career in the youth ranks at Emelec, Montero made his senior professional debut with them. But his first real impact was at Independiente Valle, which brought him a contract with Villarreal in 2009. Montero, however, struggled to establish himself at the Spanish club and spent his time on loans with Levante and Real Betis. He then moved to Liga MX club Morelia, where he would go on to play more than 60 games in two years. His pace and guile caught the attention of Swansea who brought him to Premier League in 2014. Montero was part of the 2007 Pan American Games winning Ecuador team – the first international trophy for the nation. He made his full debut in 2010 and has 56 caps and 10 goals to his credit so far.
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).