After their starting victory at the re-start of the season away to St Pauli, players of Darmstadt have really hit a poor form and are coming from fourth consecutive defeat. Most recently, they suffered 1:2 defeat at home against Kaiserslautern last Wednesday evening.
They were better in the first halftime, but the guests took the lead a bit against the flow in fifteenth minute via Borrello, while Mwene doubled up their lead in 61st minute when the home team looked way better, but lack of concentration cost them too much. Despite being better for the most of the second halftime, Darmstadt only managed to reduce the deficit in first minute of additional time via Platte.
The side has now entered even bigger problems, as they allowed rock bottom placed Kaiserslautern to approach them to only one point difference, while they have five less than safely placed Greuther Furth and surely aim a victory here.
Goalkeeper Mall (5/0) and midfielder Niemeyer (3/0) are injured and out, while doubtful remains defender Sirigu (15/0).
Heidenheim, on the other side, comes from a 1:0 narrow victory over Bochum last Friday evening, as the side took an important three pointer thanks to a goal from Verhoek in 23rd minute of the first halftime.
They entered the game better and got the lead, however everything else that happened on the field completely went in favor of Bochum, as the side surely did deserve to get something more out of the clash, but weren’t able to convert their chances into goals despite obvious domination on the field.
It was their sixth consecutive victory at home, as the side continues to struggle on the road for now, being six points ahead of play-out placed Bochum.
Guests are set to miss defenders Busch (8/1) and Beermann (19/1), while doubtful are first goalkeeper Muller (20/0), midfielder Pusch (15/1) and forward Verhoek (17/7).
~ Darmstadt have lost their last 4 matches.
This game comes as a very important for both sides, as it’s one of the ways for Darmstadt to improve their current relegation situation, while Heidenheim has a big chance to distance themselves even further away from the relegating teams. Open game is what I expect from both teams, in a game where both have much bigger quality in attack than what their defensive lineups look like.