Darmstadt vs Mainz by Gustav
Darmstadt didn't have much luck but neither quality to avoid yet another defeat, as the side comes from a 2:0 away loss against Werder Bremen last weekend. Visiting side had more of the ball possession and acted like a side that wants to attack and dominate, but couldn't find the way to opponents goal, while the hosts broke them on counters.
Home team sealed the victory in last phase of the match with two goals from Kruse, firstly in 75th minute via penalty kick and in second minute of additional time. As said, it was third straight defeat for the club now, as they currently stand at the rock bottom position having eleven points less than play-out placed Hamburger SV and need a three pointer here badly.
Offensive midfielder Denys Oliinyk (3/1) remains long term absentee, while the hosts also miss other offensive player Jan Rosenthal (11/0). First choice goalkeeper Michael Esser (22/0) is also sidelined with injury, same as central defender Benjamin Gorka who anyway didn't perform so far. Home team will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Colak as central striker, but also with Heller, Vrancic and Sam as offensive midfielders.
Mainz, on the other side, comes into this match after a point taken last weekend in front of own fans against Wolfsburg in a 1:1 game. Everything interesting happened inside the first twenty-five minutes, as the guests took the lead via Gomez in 20th minute, but Cordoba replied just four minutes later for the final result.
Players of Wolfsburg remained better till the end, having more of the ball possession and better chances created, but the goal never came. With this point taken, Mainz remained at eleventh position at the table, having six points more than relegating worried sides, but also six points less than Europa Legue placed Eintracht Frankfurt with their path yet to be determined.
Injured are offensive midfielder Karim Onisiwo (13/1) and forward Emil Berggreen (no performance so far), while doubtful remains defensive midfielder Suat Serdar (9/0). Visitors are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, with Cordoba as central striker, but also with Oztunali, Bojan and Blasis as offensive midfielders.
- Mainz have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 away matches against Darmstadt.
This game comes probably as one of last chances for Darmstadt to get back into the race at least for the play-out position. Mainz, on the other side, also looks to get all three points since it's only way for them to get back into the race that leads to European exit. I expect overall an open game and wouldn't be surprise if we see both teams scoring twice here, or more.