Darmstadt 98 vs Karlsruher SC match preview: Even contest expected at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor

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Competition: Germany 2. Bundesliga
Competition: Fri 26.February
Match begins: 17:30 (UTC)
Venue: Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor (16500 seats)

The visiting Karlsruher SC side should be favourites in this visit to Darmstadt 98, as the away team holds a 11 point advantage from their 22 league games this season.

Insights:
  • Darmstadt 98 has the most matches over the total-line (16) in 2. Bundesliga
  • Karlsruher SC have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.

Both teams have had enough rest since their last competitive action. Let's hope for an energetic game!

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Darmstadt 98 form and stats

Darmstadt 98 have played 11 2. Bundesliga games at their own stadium so far this season, resulting in 4-2-5 (wins-draws-losses).

In their previous game, the manager M. Anfang led his Darmstadt 98 to a defeat in the 2. Bundesliga match away at St. Pauli. The manager is hoping to put things right immediately here at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor. Ahead of that match, Darmstadt won a home game hosting Osnabruck (1-0).

This is expected to be a close game, with Darmstadt 98 perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Darmstadt 98 as a small favourite), we find 16 games. Darmstadt 98 has won five of these, drawn six and lost five.

Darmstadt 98 are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 14 goals in 11 games. Darmstadt's goalkeeper has had to pick the ball out of their own net 15 times. For more goal stats, check the Statistics tab above.

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Karlsruher SC form and stats

Karlsruher SC's travelling support has been rewarded for their time and money so far this season, having witnessed Karlsruher SC collect 22 points from their 11 away matches in the 2. Bundesliga. 7 victories and 1 draw have created these points (and only 3 defeats). Karlsruher has been amazing away for a time now, winning four in a row on their travels. The last time they went home with a point loss was against Erzgebirge Aue.

The manager C. Eichner was unhappy after their last game, a 2. Bundesliga match played at their home ground Wildparkstadion. Karlsruher SC suffered a 0-1 loss to Nurnberg (placed 12th). Ahead of that match was the victory versus Sandhausen at their stadium, the result 3-2.

Karlsruher were so close to getting something from the game against Nurnberg, but ended up with egg all over their face after conceding the deciding goal one minutes into overtime.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Karlsruher SC playing away and similar expectations, we found ten relevant matches. Results were three Karlsruher wins, three draws and four defeats.

Karlsruher have scored more than twice on average per away game (in the league), an impressive attacking display. They have 22 goals from 11 away matches. As for defending, Karlsruher SC rarely keep clean sheets as they have conceded 17 goals from these away matches.

Head 2 Head

Darmstadt 98 and Karlsruher SC have met before this season: Karlsruher SC - Darmstadt 3-4. As for the last eight games between these two teams, there's two Darmstadt victories, two draws and four Karlsruher SC wins. Over/under statistics; one of these games ended with three goals or more, seven matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

DarmstadtS. Dursun
S. Dursun
10 goals
Karlsruher SCP. Hofmann
P. Hofmann
9 goals
Darmstadt 98T. Kempe
T. Kempe
8 goals

Darmstadt 98 missing players

Karlsruher SC missing players

Darmstadt 98 Karlsruher SC
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
22 11 2 Played P 5 11 22
7 4 0 Won W 4 7 11
4 2 0 Drew D 0 1 3
11 5 2 Lost L 1 3 8
34 14 1 Scored S 12 22 36
39 15 4 Conceded C 7 17 30
95% 91% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 95%
91% 82% 100% Over 1.5 O 1.5 80% 91% 73%
73% 64% 50% Over 2.5 O 2.5 80% 73% 59%
41% 27% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 60% 45% 32%
23% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 40% 36% 27%
59% 45% 50% BTTS BTTS 80% 73% 59%
23% 36% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 9% 23%
23% 27% 50% Failed to Score F T 20% 18% 23%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.9 2.1 4 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 4.2 2.8 2.5
3 2 1 Red cards R C 1 2 4
 
13.2 12.7 10.5 Shots (avg) S ( 11.6 11.9 12.7
5.4 4.9 2.5 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3.8 3.8 4.3
29% 26% 20% Goal Efficiency G E 63% 52% 38%
Key stats in 2. Bundesliga this season:
  • Darmstadt 98 has the most matches over the total-line (16) in 2. Bundesliga
  • Karlsruher SC have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Karlsruher SC haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Hamburger SV 22 12 6 4 48 28 11 7 2 2 26 10 11 5 4 2 22 18 20 42
2 Bochum 22 13 3 6 40 23 11 7 2 2 23 8 11 6 1 4 17 15 17 42
3 Holstein Kiel 21 12 6 3 35 19 11 6 2 3 18 14 10 6 4 0 17 5 16 42
4 Greuther Furth 21 11 6 4 41 24 10 5 2 3 18 12 11 6 4 1 23 12 17 39
5 Karlsruher SC 22 11 3 8 36 30 11 4 2 5 14 13 11 7 1 3 22 17 6 36
6 Fortuna Dusseldorf 22 10 6 6 32 29 11 7 3 1 19 12 11 3 3 5 13 17 3 36
7 Hannover 96 22 10 3 9 33 25 10 6 2 2 18 7 12 4 1 7 15 18 8 33
8 Heidenheim 21 9 5 7 30 27 11 7 3 1 21 8 10 2 2 6 9 19 3 32
9 Erzgebirge Aue 22 9 5 8 31 30 11 6 3 2 20 14 11 3 2 6 11 16 1 32
10 Paderborn 21 8 6 7 26 24 10 6 2 2 17 12 11 2 4 5 9 12 2 30
11 St. Pauli 22 7 7 8 36 40 11 4 3 4 18 20 11 3 4 4 18 20 -4 28
12 Nurnberg 22 7 5 10 29 34 11 3 3 5 14 18 11 4 2 5 15 16 -5 26
13 Jahn Regensburg 22 6 8 8 24 29 11 4 4 3 16 14 11 2 4 5 8 15 -5 26
14 Darmstadt 98 22 7 4 11 34 39 11 4 2 5 14 15 11 3 2 6 20 24 -5 25
15 Osnabruck 22 6 4 12 22 34 11 2 1 8 11 19 11 4 3 4 11 15 -12 22
16 Eintracht Braunschweig 22 5 5 12 21 43 12 5 2 5 14 18 10 0 3 7 7 25 -22 20
17 Sandhausen 22 5 3 14 25 44 11 4 3 4 17 18 11 1 0 10 8 26 -19 18
18 Wurzburger Kickers 22 4 3 15 25 46 11 3 3 5 16 22 11 1 0 10 9 24 -21 15

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The 2. Bundesliga (Zweite Bundesliga) is the second level of German professional football. Like the Bundesliga it has 18 clubs playing a total of 306 fixtures to decide the final league table. The two top teams are promoted while number three has to qualify through a playoff. Two or three teams are relegated through a similar system.