Competition: Bundesliga II
Market: Darmstadt win
Odds: 17/10 @ Bet 365
With German football making its return this weekend behind closed doors, Darmstadt will be hoping to carry on from where they left off in March when they make the trip to relegation scrappers Karlsruher SC on Saturday lunchtime.
Starting with the hosts, entering the unexpected break with a thumping 3-1 defeat away at Heidenheim, Karlsruher are a side in desperate need of a morale boost. With only their goal difference keeping them off the foot of the table, Christian Eichner’s men have lost six of their last eight matchups across all formats, including crashing out of the DFP Pokal away at lower league Saarbrücken back in February. With just a sole Bundesliga II victory to their name since the end of November, there is no doubt that Eichner will be most concerned by his side’s continued problems on home soil. Along with a season-worst display in a 5-1 drumming against Greuther Fürth, Karlsruher have collected just a single point out of a possible 15 over their last five appearances at the Wildparkstadion.
As for the visitors, while Karlsruher might have found themselves in the midst of a real crisis prior to the break, Darmstadt were enjoying what was their brightest run of the season so far. Despite potentially leaving it too late to mount a serious promotion charge, Die Lilien are enjoying a remarkable unbeaten run that stems all the way back to December 1st. Winning four of their last five Bundesliga II outings and shipping just a single strike in over 400 minutes of action, Head Coach Dimitrios Grammozis would have also been hugely impressed by his side’s most recent displays on the road. Including landing back-to-back 2-1 and 3-2 victories away at Nürnberg and Dynamo Dresden, Darmstadt are unbeaten on their travels since the start of November. With a full squad to call upon this weekend, there is no doubt that Saturday’s guests should be looking to restart their purple patch away at Karlsruher.
Bet: Darmstadt 17/10 to beat Karlsruher SC in Saturday’s Bundesliga II matchup @ Bet 365
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