Bielefeld set to win as they aim to move closer to top six
Bielefeld’s Nils Quaschner is set to miss this game with a knee injury and Stephan Salger is sidelined after his fifth yellow card last time out.
Darmstadt have a fully fit squad at their disposal.
Suspended: Stephan Salger
Injured/unavailable: Nils Quaschner (knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Bielefeld kept their fine run of form with a 2-2 away draw against Duisburg at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena last time out. The result means the team have still not lost in the 2. Bundesliga in 2018, having won one and drawn three along the way. Jeff Saibene’s men have been hard to beat at the Schuco-Arena this term, losing only three so far, with their last home defeat suffered at the end of October.
Two defeats on the bounce have seen Darmstadt dropping down to 17th in the table. The team are two points from safety but still have their six-pointer against Kaiserslautern in hand as the game was postponed in week 19. New coach Dirk Schuster started his tenure with a win and a draw four rounds ago, but the latest two 2-1 defeats, including at Bochum last time out, have dampened the mood at the club.
Given Bielefeld’s recent unbeaten streak at home, this is set to be a stroll in the park for the hosts. Darmstadt are bound to put up a brave fight as always, but Bielefeld should seal a victory here.
SECOND PREDICTION: HALF TIME HAD – DRAW
Darmstadt have been poor up front recently and have scored only one in each of the last four league outings. Bielefeld, meanwhile, have notched 34 goals in 22 league games, only 14 of which have been scored in their ten home games – just six sides have netted fewer in front of their own crowd. I predict a draw at half time.
HEAD TO HEAD
Darmstadt have won both of their last two meetings with Bielefeld, including a 4-3 victory when the pair met at Bollenfalltor earlier in the season.