Our prediction for this DFB Pokal match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over St. Pauli and Erzgebirge Aue, Darmstadt will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Karlsruher at their Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor in the German Cup last 32. The Lilywhites have been showing signs of improvement of late, but since they are level on points with Alois Wellenreuther’s troops, a close encounter is on the cards in Darmstadt.
Karlsruher shared the spoils with each of their previous five rivals in the 2. Bundesliga, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. When the two teams met in the German second tier on October 4, 2019, they played out a 1-1 draw. Taking everything into account, we predict that the winner of this DFB Pokal tie is going to be decided in extra-time or after a penalty shootout.
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).