Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Friday’s football game between Stuttgart and Darmstadt will open round 5 of the new Bundesliga campaign. Die Schwaben aim to build on back-to-back wins over Freiburg (5-0) and Mainz (3-1) and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-oriented approach against Darmstadt. Even though all Thomas Kastanaras, Laurin Ulrich, Nikolas Nartey, and Josha Vagnoman remain in the recovery room, home win should be considered as Stuttgart have been scoring goals for fun in the German top flight of late.
The Lilywhites, on the other hand, dropped a three-goal advantage in a 3-3 draw with Borussia M’gladbach and given Matej Maglica’s suspension, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. The likes of Bader, Torsiello, Manu, Zimmermann, and Honsak are injured for the visiting team, while Oscar Vilhelmsson is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
Highlighted Player (Waldemar Anton):
The Uzbekistan-born central defender plays at the heart of Hannover’s defense. His idol was Roy Maakay, so he started his career as a striker, but he soon turned to defense. Anton Waldemar was a mere teenager when he made his first appearance for Die Roten in February 2016 against VfB Stuttgart.
Waldemar only had to wait for two months to net his first goal against Borussia Monchengladbach. The following season he commanded Hannover’s defense in Bundesliga 2, making 31 appearances, helping his team to return to the top flight immediately after the relegation.
Even though he was born in Olmaliq, Uzbekistan, Waldemar decided to pledge allegiance to Germany, debuting for the U21 squad in September 2016, making 7 appearances so far. The press in Germany compare him to Javi Martinez from Bayern Munich, because Anton Waldemar can play in the heart of defense, as well as a defensive midfielder and a right-back.
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).