Heidenheim hosts Darmstadt in round 8 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, September 24th at Voith-Arena (Heidenheim)
Heidenheim got fancy in the season before last. The Red-Blues climbed to the 3rd place and even took part in playoff matches but lost to Werder Bremen. Then there was a decline, and the last draw brought Frank Schmidt's men only the 8th position. In the new draw, Heidenheim alternates between good and unsuccessful segments. The team started with four points scored in the games against Paderborn and Ingolstadt, but then the Red-Blues were relegated from the cup (a 2-3 defeat to Hansa Rostock) and scored only two points in three championship matches. The pause helped: in September, Heidenmeim showed a one-hundred-percent indicator. It beat Dynamo Dresden at home and Sandhausen away.
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Darmstadt scored 51 points in the previous season, and they were enough to take the 7th place. But the Lilies clearly lacked the strength to aim at returning to the elite division, and the gap from Holstein Kiel, who finished 3rd, exceeded a dozen points. With the new coach, Torsten Lieberknecht, the start was terrible (0-5 defeats to Jahn Regensburg and Karlsruher and relegation from the cup on penalties from Munich-1860). But Darmstadt gradually gained momentum. The team looks good on the home pitch, where it has won three times in a row, including confident victories over Ingolstadt (6-1) and Hannover (4-0). The away results are a bit worse. The Lilies managed to gain a 2-2 draw in Hamburg, but then they lost to Hansa Rostock, conceding the decisive goal in the 86th minute. It is because of these misfires that Darmstadt is still holding in the middle of the standings.
An identical picture was observed in two previous seasons. The team that played at home beat its opponent. But at the same time, neither Heidenheim nor Darmstadt could gain a single point away. The Red-Blues have just woken up, while the Lilies show very weak away statistics in this championship. So, we chose the obvious option with the victory of the hosts, having secured ourselves with a zero handicap.
Prediction for the match: Heidenheim to win with 0.0 handicap