Rock-Bottom Darmstadt’s Bundesliga Farewell Tour

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Darmstadt’s journey in the Bundesliga is coming to an end as they face the imminent return to the second-tier. With only 17 points after 32 rounds, they are at risk of becoming one of the joint fourth-worst sides in terms of points. Their recent form hasn’t been promising, losing four of their last five matches without scoring a goal. It wouldn’t be surprising if they suffer another pair of defeats.

The Struggles at Home

Playing at home hasn’t provided any solace for Darmstadt either. They have failed to secure a win in their last 13 league matches at home since last October, with a record of 2 draws and 11 losses during this period. In fact, they have lost each of their last six home games. Despite these dreadful returns, Darmstadt has managed to find the back of the net in four of their seven home games against top-eight opposition, giving hope to the home fans that they may at least have a goal to cheer about.

Hoffenheim’s Fight for Europe

On the other hand, Hoffenheim has everything to play for in the final two rounds. A victory here would keep their fight for a place in the top seven and a spot in Europe alive until the final day. The teams currently in eighth place and the one above them will play earlier, so Hoffenheim will know whether they can seize the high ground ahead of a crucial final day where several clubs will be battling for seventh place.

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In order to set up this opportunity, Hoffenheim must put an end to their shocking run of four straight away league defeats. These defeats account for half of their total losses on the road this season. However, given the circumstances and the quality of their opponents, Hoffenheim enters this match as strong favorites. They have often justified this tag, avoiding defeat in 11 of their 14 away games this season, winning seven, drawing four, and losing three.

Key Battle and Hot Streak

A key battle to watch out for will be between Darmstadt’s center-back Christoph Klarer and the likes of Ihlas Bebou from Hoffenheim. Klarer has been one of Darmstadt’s only two scorers in their last five matches. However, his primary focus will be on stopping the dangerous attacking threat posed by Bebou, who scored in both halves during their previous encounter, which ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Furthermore, Hoffenheim has an impressive record against newly promoted opposition. They are unbeaten in their last six league games against such teams, winning four and drawing two.

In conclusion, Darmstadt’s farewell tour in the Bundesliga has been a disappointing one, with their imminent return to the second-tier. Hoffenheim, on the other hand, has a lot at stake in the final two rounds as they fight for a place in Europe. Given their recent form and the quality of their opponents, Hoffenheim enters this match as strong favorites. However, football is unpredictable, and anything can happen on the day.

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