Our match prediction:
Augsburg did well to hold Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw on Wednesday evening, but you should bear in mind that Roger Schmidt’s troops missed a penalty in the dying minutes of the match. Dirk Schuster’s team regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to return to winning ways in Bundesliga when they host Darmstadt at their WWK Arena on Saturday afternoon. Augsburg are eyeing their first home win of the season and that Norbert Meier’s charges were hammered by Borussia Dortmund (0-6) in their last away game in the national championship, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match. It has been ten years since Augsburg recorded their last win over Darmstadt, but we believe that die Fuggerstadter are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. Raul Bobadilla has yet to open his goal-scoring account, but the Paraguay attacker is certainly capable of making life difficult for the opposition back line.
Highligted Player (Finnbogason):
Born in Grindavik in 1989, Alfred Finnbogason is one of the most prolific strikers in the history of Icelandic football, as the well-travelled forward has been scoring goals for fun throughout his career. His talent was first spotted at Breidablik, where two very successful campaign helped him move to Lokeren, where he did not spent a lot of time and soon signed for Helsingborgs. The return of 12 goals in 17 league outings for the Swedish giants soon secured him a move to Heerenveen, where he would go on to play the best football of his career, scoring remarkable 53 goals in 65 Eredivisie matches. Finnbogason somewhat struggled during spells with Real Sociedad and Olympiakos, but managed to kick-start his career at Augsburg, just in time to help Iceland on their first ever European Championship appearance. The prolific striker has been a member of the country’s national team since 2010, making over 30 appearances and scoring quite a few goals despite the fact that he was not always considered a first team regular.
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).