Darmstadt was far away from a desired form before the international break, as the side had seven matches in a row without a single victory, gathering four draws and three defeats in the process. At least, they come from two straight draws most recently, at home against Holstein Kiel and on the road away to Braunschweig in the most recent game in a 2:2 draw.
The game itself wasn’t that attractive and must be said that the hoe team actually looked way better during the game, but it simply wasn’t their day. Hosts even took the lead via an own goal in eight minute, but the players of Darmstadt were very concrete and managed to revert the scoreline via goals from Mehlem and Kamavuaka out of rare chances they created, but still conceded the second goal during the additional time via Schonfeld. As a side that relegated from Bundesliga last season, they can’t be satisfied with current position (eleventh) and being just five points above the relegation zone nowhere close to the promotional battle.
Home team will miss goalkeeper Heuer (9/0), central back Niemeyer (1/0), midfielder Kempe (10/3) and forward Platte (6/2).
Sandhausen, on the other side, had quite a good opening of the season, however have suffered four matches without a victory in last games before the international break having three defeats, so there is no doubt that the break came in the right momentum for them and that the team will use it to re-group and find improvements in their performances.
In the most recent game, the team suffered 0:1 home defeat against Duisburg, even though they were way better than the opponent. Their guests used one early chance to take the lead, back in eight minute via Stoppelkamp, while the hosts remained better for the complete game, were attacking and creating chances, but the goal never came. The team is now at seventh position having seven points less than third placed Union Berlin and promotional battle will slip from their hands in case they don’t improve soon enough.
Visitors will miss midfielders Herrmann (1/0), Vollmann (2/0), Born (no performance so far), forward Wooten (1/1) and most likely midfielder Zejnullahu (5/0).
Darmstadt is far below the desired positions and form, however there is no doubt that the team will be going for a three pointer here. They do play better in front of own fans and are favorites, howver I see Sandhausen also giving them quite a fight and most likely scoring too in the process.
Over 2.5 Goals