Koln vs Darmstadt
German 2. Bundesliga
Date: Friday, 26 April 2019
Kick-Off 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: RheinEnergieStadion (Koln).
Koln will be looking to get back on winning track on Friday afternoon when they play host to bottom-half Darmstadt in the first game of the round in 2. Bundesliga. The Billy Goats were not pulling up any trees lately and they go into this winless in last three league affairs. They produced one of the worst displays of the entire season on Sunday, falling 3-0 away at Dynamo Dresden.
Markus Anfang’s men still have a healthy six-point cushion on second-placed Hamburger SV. They are eight points above third-placed Paderborn any only a miracle can prevent them from joining the elite tier of German football next season.
Nonetheless, there are no doubts the hosts will be highly motivated to pick up a three-pointer here in their own backyard in order to avoid any potential complications in final three rounds of the campaign.
Koln vs Darmstadt: Head-to-head
The Billy Goats can completely rely on the head to head tradition coming into this fixture with Darmstadt.
The hosts won seven and drew two of nine meetings with the Lilies.
Koln bagged an impressive 15-goal tally in last four victories over Darmstadt.
The streak includes this term’s 0-3 victory in late-November last year away at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor.
Koln vs Darmstadt: Prediction
The visitors should enter the match in much higher spirits having kept back-to-back clean sheets in last two rounds against Magdeburg and Bochum. They took four points from these two ties and are now ten adrift of the danger area. This means the Lilies all but secured the survival in the second class of German football with just four games left to play.
Looking at the head to head record as well as mere quality, Koln have to be considered heavy favourites here. Darmstadt were generally struggling badly on the road so far in the season. The Lilies won 3, drew 3 and lost 9 of 15 league matches away from home.
Koln won four and drew one of past five home outings in the league and they scored at least three goals in each of these wins.