Arguably the clash of the weekend in the second tier and with Kaiserslautern dropping point’s again, this clash has even more importance as both battle it out to take the advantage into the last two game’s, both have an eye on the last automatic promotion spot.
Both team’s have said this game is like a final and it’s hard to disagree, Darmstadt had a final last weekend when they faced Kaiserslautern, a final in which they came out on top in a entertaining clash which finished 3-2. Karlsruher had a great chance to pick up a win last weekend as well, however playing a relegation threatened side such as Erzgebirge Aue was never going to be easy and Aue managed to cause the upset and win 3-1.
For Karlsruher there a no new problem’s going into this game, the three player’s missing are Silvano Varnhagen, Jan Mauersberger (calf) and Ylli Sallahi (back). As for Darmstadt they have no injuries to deal with, however they are without captain and centre back Aytac Sulu as he’s serving a suspension, he’ll be massive loss for Darmstadt and will probably see Benjamin Gorka come to replace him.
Darmstadt don’t have the best of luck when it comes to facing Karlsruher and they’ve only managed just two victories against their host’s. Karlsruher have a great record against Darmstadt and they’ll be hoping to extend their good form against them and continue to keep cleansheet’s. The last meeting was back in November and that finished in a goalless draw.
Both team’s have had brilliant season’s and in the second half of the season they’ve both gone on to have impressive unbeaten run’s, Karlsruher came to an end last weekend and they were twelve games without defeat. Darmstadt were sixteen games unbeaten when their’s came to an end in March. The last five game’s has seen both Karlsruher and Darmstadt win twice, draw twice and lose the once.
“We will not alter the nature and approach to play football, we want to once again show the face of Darmstadt 98. With the power out of the game against Kaiserslautern, with the passion, the discipline, the militancy and the season so far behind us, we can force a game on an equal footing. “
“We have to go on Monday from the first until the last minute to concentrate and run through the game as we can. We must not be fazed and must play to our strengths. Then I am sure that we can win and then defend our place.”