Our football match prediction:
Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to build on the Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur when they hosts Darmstadt at their BayArena on Saturday afternoon. Roger Schmidt’s men proved their worth in the victory over the Premier League side and they are now on a quest to move a little closer to the Champions League places in the Bundesliga standings. Bayer Leverkusen defeated Wolfsburg on the road in their last league fixture and seeing that Darmstadt head into Saturday’s football match following a 2-0 loss to Leipzig, we predict that the hosts will record a victory over Norbert Meier’s charges. Die Lilien have been struggling on the road this term and you should bear in mind that they were beaten by the likes of Koln, Borussia Dortmund, Augsburg and Mainz in previous four away matches. Kevin Kampl scored the winner against Tottenham, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg. The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses. The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
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).