2. Bundesliga match prediction: Little separates Darmstadt 98 and St. Pauli in quality

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Competition: Germany 2. Bundesliga
Competition: Sat 23.May
Match begins: 11:00 (UTC)
Venue: Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor (16500 seats)

Getting closer to the top teams is at stake when these two mid-table clubs battle it out. Both will be aiming to improve their league table standing, Darmstadt 98 in 7th and St. Pauli in 9th place.

Both teams should be fairly well rested for this game, as they have had some quiet days to prepare. Hopefully this will translate into lots of action on the pitch.

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Darmstadt 98 form and stats

4 victories, 8 draws and 1 defeat. That’s what Darmstadt 98 have to build on here at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor in the 2. Bundesliga.

M. Honsak was the last player to score a league goal for Darmstadt 98 and it's becoming a more and more distant memory as Darmstadt haven't scored in 254 minutes.

No payout for Darmstadt 98 in their previous match, an away game at Karlsruher SC that ended in defeat 0-2. Preceding that game was the home draw versus Bochum that ended 0-0.

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 17 games. Darmstadt 98 has won five of these, drawn seven and lost five.

The manager D. Grammozis will start preparations for the next game as soon this is finished, as the hosts are going to Erzgebirge Aue in only three days.

Darmstadt 98 are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 18 goals in 13 games. On the other hand, Darmstadt have conceded 14 goals.

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St. Pauli form and stats

The hunting on away grounds haven’t been very fruitful for St. Pauli so far with only 8 points returning home. The records show 1-5-6 (win-draw-lose).

Viktor Gyökeres scored in Pauli's previous match, the home game against Nürnberg that ended 1-0. Ahead of that match was the away draw versus Sandhausen that ended 2-2.

Viktor Gyökeres came off the bench to score the winning goal in the match against Nürnberg last time out, making the manager J. Luhukay feel like a tactical genius.

As mentioned above, this is an open game with no clear favourite. We have found seven similar matches played by St. Pauli in our archives, and the results are: one win for Pauli, three draws and three defeats.

A new game in only four days for St. Pauli, the 2. Bundesliga home match versus Heidenheim. Busy days.

St. Pauli are scoring more than one goal per away game on average, having accumulated 13 away goals from 12 games (in the league). Defensive performances away have varied in quality as Pauli have conceded 20 goals on the road. For more goal statistics, check out the Statistics tab above.

Head 2 Head

This is not the first time this season these parties meet, as the history books show this recent fixture: St. Pauli - Darmstadt 0-1. Darmstadt 98-St. Pauli H2H statistics last seven meetings regardless of arena: Darmstadt 98 six wins, St. Pauli one win, zero draws. two of these seven matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

Darmstadt 98S. Dursun
S. Dursun
11 goals
St. PauliD. Diamantakos
D. Diamantakos
8 goals
St. PauliH. Veerman
H. Veerman
8 goals

Darmstadt 98 missing players

St. Pauli missing players

Darmstadt 98 St. Pauli
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
26 13 3 Played P 2 12 26
8 4 1 Won W 0 1 8
12 8 2 Drew D 0 5 9
6 1 0 Lost L 2 6 9
31 18 4 Scored S 1 13 34
33 14 2 Conceded C 3 20 32
88% 85% 67% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 96%
69% 69% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 50% 83% 77%
42% 38% 33% Over 2.5 O 2.5 50% 50% 46%
35% 38% 33% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 25% 27%
8% 8% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 8% 4%
54% 54% 33% BTTS BTTS 50% 67% 58%
31% 46% 67% Clean Sheets C S 0% 8% 23%
27% 15% 33% Failed to Score F T 50% 25% 23%
 
5 5.9 7.3 Corners for (avg) C F 7.5 5.8 6
5.8 6.1 6 Corners against (avg) C A 7 6.3 5.4
1.8 1.5 0.3 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 2.5 2.2 1.8
3 1 0 Red cards R C 1 2 3
 
333 184 44 Total Shots T S 22 128 331
118 70 17 Shots on Target S O 6 42 112
26% 26% 24% Goal Efficiency G E 17% 31% 30%
Key stats in 2. Bundesliga this season:
  • St. Pauli have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • St. Pauli 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 Arminia Bielefeld 26 14 10 2 51 25 13 6 6 1 23 11 13 8 4 1 28 14 26 52
2 Hamburger SV 26 12 9 5 50 30 12 9 1 2 27 9 14 3 8 3 23 21 20 45
3 Stuttgart 26 13 6 7 42 30 13 10 1 2 27 9 13 3 5 5 15 21 12 45
4 Heidenheim 26 11 8 7 34 29 13 7 4 2 22 11 13 4 4 5 12 18 5 41
5 Greuther Furth 26 10 7 9 39 35 13 7 2 4 21 17 13 3 5 5 18 18 4 37
6 Erzgebirge Aue 26 10 7 9 37 35 13 9 3 1 27 12 13 1 4 8 10 23 2 37
7 Darmstadt 98 26 8 12 6 31 33 13 4 8 1 18 14 13 4 4 5 13 19 -2 36
8 Holstein Kiel 26 9 8 9 40 40 12 3 5 4 15 17 14 6 3 5 25 23 0 35
9 St. Pauli 26 8 9 9 34 32 14 7 4 3 21 12 12 1 5 6 13 20 2 33
10 Jahn Regensburg 26 9 6 11 38 44 13 6 3 4 21 19 13 3 3 7 17 25 -6 33
11 Hannover 96 25 8 8 9 34 37 12 2 7 3 15 19 13 6 1 6 19 18 -3 32
12 Bochum 26 7 10 9 43 45 14 4 7 3 31 27 12 3 3 6 12 18 -2 31
13 Osnabrück 26 7 9 10 33 36 13 5 3 5 18 16 13 2 6 5 15 20 -3 30
14 Sandhausen 26 6 11 9 31 36 13 4 6 3 17 17 13 2 5 6 14 19 -5 29
15 Nürnberg 26 7 8 11 34 46 13 3 5 5 14 23 13 4 3 6 20 23 -12 29
16 Wehen Wiesbaden 26 7 7 12 33 44 13 3 4 6 13 25 13 4 3 6 20 19 -11 28
17 Karlsruher SC 26 6 9 11 35 46 13 4 4 5 20 22 13 2 5 6 15 24 -11 27
18 Dynamo Dresden 25 6 6 13 25 41 13 5 2 6 16 18 12 1 4 7 9 23 -16 24

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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.