Duisburg vs Darmstadt
Germany- 2. Bundesliga.
Date: Friday, 1st February 2019.
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena (Duisburg).
When two teams at the bottom half of the table are going against each other it is quite hard to predict an exact result. The Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak in the league and are the low scoring teams with 16 goals. No wonder they are in the relegation zone after losing 11 of their 18 league matches. More than 2.5 goals came in those 4 previous matches and they have scored only 3 goals in all those matches. At home also they are on a 3 match losing run withal those games having a total score with over 2.5 goals. They have conceded in 6 of their last 7 competitive matches in front of their home crowd. The team from Duisburg needs to improve their form at home for starters if they wish to stay at this level in the next season too. The visitors are also without a win in their 6 previous matches on the row. More than 2.5 goals were scored in 5 of their previous 7 matches across all venues. They fail to secure points ion away games too, as they are winless in 7 matches on the road. Five of them were defeats against stronger opposition.
The Lillies are just 6 points above their opponents for Thursday, but in terms of recent form, they both almost equal. After a disappointing 6-2 away defeat to Paderborn, Dirk Schuster’s side has a chance to get some points against the Zebras.
Kevin Wolze should switch to the right of the back-four to replace the suspended Andreas Wiegel.
Young-Jae Seo challenges Enis Hajiri for the spot at left-back.
Stanislav Iljutcenko and John Verhoek return from their one-match bans and provide further options in attacking positions.
Tim Rieder and Sandro Sirigu compete for the spot at right-back.
Tobias Kempe challenges Marvin Mehlem for the spot in attacking midfield.
Otherwise, manager Dirk Schuster is unlikely to make any unforced changes.
Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Head-to-head (h2h):
The Lillies have won 4 of the last 5 h2h matches against this opposition.
They have never failed to score against the Zebras in any of their competitive clashes.
In 4 of those 5 games between these two sides, the final score had more than 2.5 goals.
Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches held here against the hosts.
Both those matches at this venue had over 2.5 goals at the full time.
Duisburg vs Darmstadt: Prediction
The home team has conceded in 6 of their 7 recent games in front of their own fans. Lillies have also given away goals in all their 7 previous matches away from home too. So based on both their poor defensive track record, we can bet on both sides to score with 1.80 odds.
Darmstadt has won both the h2h matches against the hosts at this ground. They have dominated against this opposition in all previous h2h meetings too. Also since the Zebras are on a 4 match losing streak, we can bet on a Double chance for a draw or away team to win with 1.66 odds.