Bochum vs Darmstadt
Six-Pointer to end in home win for Bochum
Bochum’s Timo Perthel is absent due to injury, but the team have no suspension concerns.
Darmstadt have a fully fit squad at their disposal.
Injured/unavailable: Timo Perthel (knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
After a shock 2-0 loss on the road at Dresden last Sunday, Bochum are now on a four-match losing streak and have only managed a 1-0 win over Regensburg in their last five league games. They are sitting only two places and one point above Darmstadt, who occupy the relegation playoff spot. This means that relegation remains a possibility and this match against another candidate for the drop will be very important for them.
Despite a slight upswing in fortunes of late, Darmstadt head to the Vonovia Ruhr Stadium having lost 2-1 at home against Duisburg last time out. It was a tight fixture with both teams level until five minutes from time. However, the team had claimed four points in the previous two fixtures.
Darmstadt’s trip to Bochum on Friday should be a tough one. Both teams are really under pressure and this is a six-pointer for the two of them. For me, this game is very hard to predict, but considering all these criteria I think a draw is the most likely choice here.
SECOND PREDICTION: HALF TIME HAD – DRAW
Bochum haven’t scored a first-half goal in their last four league games while Darmstadt have notched only two in their last seven. I can envisage a low-scoring first half this Friday too. Both teams are under pressure and safety first is key here. I predict a scoreless first 45 minutes.
HEAD TO HEAD
The teams have met only three times competitively at Bochum since 1979, with the hosts winning one, drawing one and losing one.