Darmstadt 98 vs Paderborn
Germany – 2. Bundesliga
Date: Sunday, 5 August 2018
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor, Darmstadt.
Paderborn returned to the 2. Bundesliga football after a two-year loan in the third tier of the German football. They ended the last season runners-up to Magdeburg, finishing as many as 13 points clear off the third-placed Karlsruher SC.
Their inaugural fixture upon the comeback is scheduled for Sunday afternoon when Steffen Baumgart’s troops travel to Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor to tackle Darmstadt 98.
The Lilies are one again among serious contenders for the promotion to Bundesliga, but will they be better than tenth place this time out?
The team saw a host of changes in the squad this summer and it remains to be seen whether Dirk Schuster can bed in the new arrivals in a proper fashion.
Darmstadt vs Paderborn: Head-to-head
This will only be the second head to head encounter between the two teams, the first one in an official affair.
They met each other in a friendly back in September 2011, playing a 1-1 draw.
Darmstadt vs Paderborn: Prediction
Both managers have reasons for optimism ahead of the season opener at last if we are to judge by their impressive performances in the pre-season.
The Lilies won three and drew one of four games, including impressive 1-1 draw to Huddersfield Town and 4-1 win over Roda.
Midfielder Tobias Kempe was the one who inspired the recent win over Roda, bagging a brace last Saturday. Goals also came from Jamie MacLaren (striker) and Aytac Sulu (defender).
Paderborn were very efficient in their friendlies as well. Each of four games they played this summer saw goals at both ends, including the 2-3 loss to the Championship side Norwich City and the 3-2 victory over Ligue 1 runners-up Monaco.
We have no other option but to predict goals here as the Over 2.5 goals FT is well worth backing at the odds of 2.00.
Since Paderborn showed plenty of defensive holes in pre-season, we also find value in backing the home win & BTTS at the sky-high 5.00 odds.
Darmstadt vs Paderborn: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00
Paderborn to win & BTTS @ 5.00.