Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Saturday’s football game at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor pits together Darmstadt and Bayer Leverkusen, the two teams with entirely different ambitions for the remainder of the season. Darmstadt are desperate to secure yet another Bundesliga survival, while Bayer Leverkusen aim to put an end to Bayern Munich’s dominance in the national championship. The Lilywhites are stuck at the bottom of the table with only 11 points in their pockets and given their anything but good display in a 1-0 loss to Union Berlin, home win should not be considered.
Xabi Alonso’s men, on the other hand, struggled offensively without Victor Boniface up front in a goalless draw with Borussia M’gladbach. Bayer Leverkusen, though, are more of a team than Darmstadt and we predict that the title hopefuls will prove their worth on the field. All Exequiel Palacios, Arthur, and aforementioned top scorer Boniface remain in the recovery room, while all Odilon Kossounou, Amine Adli, and Edmond Tapsoba are on international duty. Centre-back Jonathan Tah is back from suspension.
Highlighted Player (Alex Grimaldo):
Alex Grimaldo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Portuguese side Benfica as a left back. Born in Valencia on September 20, 1995, Grimaldo started his youth career at his hometown club FC Valencia, but in 2008 Barcelona scouts brought him to Camp Nou.
The 171-cm-tall footballer scored six goals in 92 appearances for Barca B before joining Primeira Liga club Benfica in the winter of 2015. Alex Grimaldo made his debut with the Eagles on January 26, 2016 in a 6-1 win at Moreirense in the Taca da Liga. Speaking of his Primeira Liga debut, Grimaldo played his first league game for Benfica on February 29, 2016 in a 2-0 win over Uniao Leiria.
The Benfica defender has two caps for Spain U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a left winger as well.
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).