Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football match at Olympiastadion pits together Hertha Berlin and Darmstadt, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign. The capital club aim to finish the season in top four, whereas the rock-bottom team are desperate to secure the top flight survival. Hertha have been producing fine performances at home this season and it has to be noted that they recorded six wins in last seven home games in the national championship. Darmstadt, on the other hand, did well to make life difficult for star-studded Bayern Munich at the weekend, but they eventually failed to grab something from the game. Die Lilies are on a seven-game losing run on the road in Bundesliga and they are unlikely to spoil Hertha’s party at Olympiastadion. The capital club are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that Pal Dardai’s men will emerge triumphant in Wednesday’s encounter.
Highlighted Player (Pekarik):
Peter Pekarik is a Slovakian defender born on 30th October 1986 in Zilina, and has so far made over 60 appearances for the country’s national team. The full-back spent his early career at boyhood club Zilina, and his big break came in January 2009, when he joined German giants Wolfsburg. Pekarik in turn helped his new side lift their first ever Bundesliga trophy in his debut season, but eventually lost his place in the starting line-up and decided to join Hertha after a season-long loan at Kayserispor. The right-sided defender has since featured in over 70 league matches for the Olympiastadion outfit, who enjoyed a great deal of success during the 2015/2016 campaign. Pekarik has been one of Slovakia’s most consistent performers since making his debut in 2006, and he started three games for the team at the 2010 World Cup. Operating alongside Martin Skrtel, Kornel Salata and Tomas Hubocan, Pekarik was a part of the team that secured 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).