Darmstadt 98 and Kaiserslautern meet in Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor, in a match for the 19th round of the 2. Bundesliga. The two teams tied (1-1), on 04-08-2017, in the previous match for this edition of the league. The history of recent direct matches is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 2 draws in the last 3 matches. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since the Kaiserslautern presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 4 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 16 th position of the league, with 19 points won. In the last match, they have tied in an away match against Greuther Fürth by (1-1), after in the previous match they have lost (1-0) an away match against Erzgebirge Aue. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses as a visitor. against 6 victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats in his stadium. In the last match that they disputed, for the Friendlies, they tied with Greuther Fürth at home (2-2). In the last 9 home league matches Darmstadt 98 has a record of 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 11 points out of 27 possible.
For this competition, he did not win any of the last 12 games. The team has not been very strong defensively, since it has suffered goals in the last 10 games which it disputed in this competition. In 18 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 13 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
For a modest club like Darmstadt, playing for the first national division is something special, but the risk of relegation is greater, so if the team descends from division it can not be considered a surprise. In the case of Darmstadt, returning to 2.Bundesliga was normal, but his campaign in this competition is very disappointing, as he no longer wins twelve days ago and is currently in the zone of the relegation playoffs. The defense of the home team is one of the weakest in the competition and it is necessary to improve the performance in that sector, because only then can start to have good results. For this game coach Dirk Schuster can not count on Yannick Stark, who will serve a suspension.
After 2 wins, 6 draws and 10 losses, the away team is currently in the 18 th position, with 12 points won. In the last match, they have tied at home against Nürnberg by (1-1), after in the previous match they have tied at home, against Ingolstadt, by (1-1). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses in away matches, with 34 goals scored and 26 conceded; against 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses at their stadium, with 12 goals scored and 19 conceded. The team comes to this match after a home victory over Midtjylland by (1-0). For the league, Kaiserslautern won 4 points out of 27 possible points, after 1 win, 1 draw and 7 losses in the last 9 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of the last 9 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: they only opened the scoring in 3 of their last 18 matches for the 2. Bundesliga, of these 3 they reached the break in advantage in 2 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 1. In 18 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 14 times and only got 1 comeback.
Half of the German championship of the second division has already passed and the situation of Kaiserslautern remains the same: bad results and the last position of the table. As it is evident the team does not want to go down to the third division, but it knows that it is going to need to improve a lot its performance in the field if it wants to reach good results, otherwise it could not be present in the 2.Bundesliga of the next season. For this game coach Jeff Strasser will not be able to count on Mads Albaek, Kacper Przybylko, Daniel Halfar and Patrick Salata, who are recovering from injuries.
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