Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 2-1 win over Schalke Darmstadt put an end to their four-match losing run in Bundesliga, but they have slim chances of securing the top flight survival. The Lilies have collected only 18 from possible 87 points this season and, as a result, they are 14 points behind the safe zone in the Bundesliga table. Darmstadt are capable of making life difficult for each and every team when playing at home, but they struggle on the travels and we predict that the rock-bottom team will return home empty-handed from Saturday’s football match against Hamburger. Die Rothosen sit in the danger zone ahead of Matchday 30 and this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. Taking everything into account, Hamburger are likely to record their fifth consecutive win at home in the German elite division. A man to watch in the home team will be Michael Gregoritsch, who found the net in a 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Mergim Mavraj):
Born in Germany to Albanian parents, Mergim Mavraj made two appearances for the Germany Under 21 side before switching his allegiance to Albania and he has since become a key defender for his new national team. The experienced centre back began his professional career at Darmstadt, but his talent was quickly spotted by Bochum scouts and he made a move to the Bundesliga side in 2007. Four years later, he surprisingly opted to join second division side Greuther Furth, but that proved a good career move as he helped the team secure promotion to the Bundesliga before putting in some solid showings in the Germany’s top flight. But, when his side eventually returned to the second division, he moved to FC Koln, where he has been since the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, Mavraj quickly established himself as an important player for the Albanian national team, establishing a good partnership with captain Lorik Cana, and helping the team secure their place at the Euro 2016 finals.
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).