Visitors to register important win against leaders Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf will be without first ‘keeper Michael Rensing again due to a broken rib, but they have no further injury concerns.
Darmstadt’s Peter Niemeyer is the only player on their injury list.
Injured/unavailable: Michael Rensing (broken rib)
Injured/unavailable: Peter Niemeyer (heel)
MAIN PREDICTION: AWAY WIN
Dusseldorf have been able to keep their amazing winning streak going. They haven’t lost since mid September, with their record amounting to eight wins, one draw and one defeat so far in 2.Bundesliga. The team registered their fourth consecutive win at Bielefeld last weekend, scoring one goal in either half without reply. Against fifth placed Darmstadt, a side they have beaten twice in their last three league encounters, the leaders are slight favourites at home.
However, in order to claim a victory here, Dusseldorf will need to be convincing. After all, Darmstadt have been quite efficient lately when playing away from home, losing just one of their last four league matches and scoring five goals. However, the team are coming off a 4-3 home defeat to Nurnberg – their second loss in a row overall.
This is a difficult match to predict between two top teams, but I think that Dusseldorf’s good run will end here. I will go with an away win.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – DUSSELDORF
Dusseldorf should get off the mark early with Rouwen Hennings most likely to score. Dusseldorf have a +6 goal difference from five games played at home and having netted the opener in all of those games, I think they will score first here too.
HEAD TO HEAD
The previous two meetings between these two in 2014-15 have resulted in two resounding wins for Dusseldorf – 2-0 at home and 4-1 away.