Draw seems likely between these two
Sandhausen will be without Tim Kister and Ken Gibson, who are both out due to injury concerns.
Dirk Schuster’s Darmstadt have a full-strength side for this weekend clash, with Peter Niemeyer, Baris Atik and Joel Mall the only three absentees.
Injured/unavailable: Ken Gibson (calf), Tim Kister (broken foot)
Injured/unavailable: Peter Niemeyer (foot), Joel Mall (shoulder), Baris Atik (unspecified)
MAIN PREDICTION: DRAW
Sandhausen are undefeated in three having drawn with St. Pauli and Greuther Furth, and beaten Duisburg. Last weekend, goals from Philipp Forster and Stefan Kulovits were enough to seal an excellent 2-0 win over out-of-form Duisburg at Schauinslandreisen Arena. Sandhausen have lifted themselves four points away from the relegation zone with this important win and are now sitting in eighth place.
Darmstadt came from behind to secure a vital point over Braunschweig in a 1-1 draw last weekend. With teams around them losing in the last round, they are still in with a chance of climbing out of the drop zone, despite sitting second from bottom. However, three points against Sandhausen could be crucial to the Lilies’ survival aspirations as they are four points from safety, with four matches left to play.
Sandhausen have drawn three and lost one of their last four home league games while Darmstadt have drawn their last two on the road. Both teams will be on the lookout for a win on Saturday; I’m predicting a close game that finishes in a draw.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO – LOW
None of Sandhausen’s four home draws have seen more than two goals while Darmstadt’s last three draws on the road have also either finished 0-0 or 1-1. I expect a low-scoring draw here too.
HEAD TO HEAD
Sandhausen’s 2-1 win at Bollenfalltor earlier in the season was their first win over Darmstadt in 2. Bundesliga after losing twice in 2014.