Our football match prediction:
Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Leipzig in their first game in 2017, but the Eagles did remarkably well to beat Schalke in Gelsenkirchen at the weekend. Niko Kovac’s men regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Darmstadt on Sunday. Eintracht have been producing fine performances at home in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign and we predict that they will record their sixth home win of the season on Matchday 19. Darmstadt were outclassed by Koln (1-6) in their last league fixture and the rock-bottom team are unlikely to grab something from Sunday’s football match against Niko Kovac’s team. Die Lilien are having a season to forget and, as things stand now, they are likely to drop to the German second tier at the end of the season. Experienced attacker Alex Meier scored the winner against Schalke, meaning that the opposition back-line is likely to have their work cut out for them.
Highlighted Player (Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities. Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches. Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four goals.
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).