Darmstadt vs Schalke 04 Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips 16.04.2017
Last match from round 29 of the 2016-17 German Bundesliga is set to take place at the “Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor” where SV Darmstadt 98 welcomes Schalke 04 on Sunday evening.
H2H History – SV Darmstadt 98 vs Schalke 04: This will be fourth encounter facing both clubs in modern Bundesliga era as “The Lilies” from Darmstadt were in lower divisions of German football system for a few decades, before winning a promotion at the end of season 2014–15. After more than 35 years SV Darmstadt 98 and Schalke 04 have finally met in opening weeks of the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign when Darmstadt stole a point (1-1) from Gelsenkirchen. Few months later (January 2016) Schalke 04 won 0-2 in Darmstadt which was first from the two consecutive victories of Schalke over Darmstadt.
Their most recent meeting was in late-November when “The Royal Blues” made a full comeback after an early goal scored by Darmstadt’s winger Marcel Heller, however, the final score was 3-1 in Schalke’s favour.
SV Darmstadt 98 and Schalke 04 have another relatively new game when Jens Keller’s “Royal Blues” were winners away from home (1-3), thereby eliminating Darmstadt from the 2013-14 DFB Pokal.
Bundesliga: SV Darmstadt 98 vs Schalke 04 16.04.2017
This surely is one of the last games in top-tier of German football for hosts Darmstadt and even if they still keep a theoretical chance to survive, it’s very likely to lose all hopes after that game. Six weeks before end of the 2016-17 Bundesliga season Darmstadt hits the bottom and after four consecutive defeats “The Lilies” remain on 13 points behind Ingolstadt (17th), as well as on 14 points from Mainz 05/Augsburg (15th/16th). Simple mathematical skills are showing Darmstadt must win all their fixtures in closing games of the season, while in the meantime their opponents must lose game after game.
So we won’t lie if we say that Torsten Frings already thinks about next season perspectives and potential Bundesliga return as soon as possible.
Guests from Gelsenkirchen head to Hesse after a disappointing midweek performance in Dutch capital Amsterdam, where Schalke lost 2-0 to Ajax. Thus “The Royal Blues” must prepare for an extremely tough challenge on Thursday when the German side hosts to Ajax in second leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
On other hand Schalke 04 can’t be particularly pleased with their domestic performance as well. Squad led by Markus Weinzierl occupies 10th position (before beginning of round 29) with 37 points and that record is placing them on four points below top-six.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Former national team midfielder and player of major domestic clubs Torsten Frings perfectly realizes that Darmstadt will play on lower level next year, but he can still use remaining Bundesliga weeks to gain experience. That’s his first appointment as a head coach and Frings will make an attempt for a honourable relegation with Darmstadt. That can happen if “The Lilies” win few more points in closing rounds where they have upcoming games vs HSV, Freiburg, Bayern Munich, Hertha BSC and Gladbach.
Unfortunately, Torsten Frings still can’t rely to an injured experienced midfielder in face of Peter Niemeyer and to the top scorer Antonio-Mirko Colak (4 goals), who has been sent-off during a late defeat to Ingolstadt (3-2) last weekend. Sven Schipplock looks as a favourite to replace Colak on top of Darmstadt’s attack.
Otherwise, manager Torsten Frings is unlikely to make any changes, especially if Sidney Sam is fit to start.
Everyone in Schalke is disappointed after defeat from Ajax but that game in Darmstadt can be used as a turning point and moreover, Schalke needs to regain its confidence and a backup to claim European football next year, in case they fail in the UEFA Europa League. So Markus Weinzierl will certainly name his strongest available lineup here with few rotations compared to a squad used in Amsterdam – Sead Kolasinac should be ready to replace Dennis Aogo at the left-back, while Matija Nastasic is suspended so Holger Badstuber will start alongside Benedikt Höwedes.
Thilo Kehrer and Coke compete for the right-back where Kehrer won’t be available to play against Ajax due to suspension. Under these circumstances Kehrer looks favourite to start here but on other hand Coke needs more match practice. Of course, we can’t exclude another opportunity and completely different formation for Schalke – playing with three central defenders.
Besides Nastasic’s suspension, Markus Weinzierl can’t choose the injured Naldo, Atsuto Uchida, Abdul Rahman Baba, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Breel Embolo.
SV Darmstadt 98 vs Schalke 04 Betting Prediction
SV Darmstadt 98 have nothing to lose here and they can play for their honour.
After four defeats in a row we surely anticipate greater motivation by the home team players and they will give their best effort to win more points. Fact they have won all of their points (15 out of 15) at home speaks enough and this time Darmstadt can play without additional pressure.
Schalke needs the points and that need be either a positive or a negative. Nevertheless, Schalke definitely are the side with more quality and proven players but their away form is far from the required level.
Our betting experts recommend the “Both team to score” market as a reliable option here and we expect some scoring chances by both clubs on Sunday evening.
Venue: “Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor”, Darmstadt.
Referee: Patrick Ittrich.
Possible Lineups of SV Darmstadt 98 and Schalke 04
SV Darmstadt 98: Michael Esser – Sandro Sirigu, Patrick Banggaard, Aytac Sulu, Fabian Holland – Hamit Altintop, Jerome Gondorf – Sidney Sam, Mario Vrancic, Marcel Heller – Sven Schipplock. (4-2-3-1)
Schalke 04: Ralf Fährmann – Thilo Kehrer, Holger Badstuber, Benedikt Höwedes, Sead Kolasinac – Leon Goretzka, Nabil Bentaleb – Alessandro Schöpf, Max Meyer, Daniel Caligiuri – Guido Burgstaller. (4-2-3-1)