Darmstadt 98 vs. Bayern Munich / Bundesliga – Without looking at the table it is clear that this is a match between two completely different football worlds, but everything has worked put well so Darmstadt is last in the standings before this round, while Bayern is the leader with as much as 25 points more. I will not be surprising if these teams are in the same positions at the end of the season, because Darmstadt plays very badly and they lost the last seven matches, of which one in the Cup, while Bayern had some moments of crisis, but they are now in a series of four victories, including the Champions League. In total, these rivals have so far met seven times and all that Darmstadt did was one draw in the distant past. Last season, Bayern celebrated with 3-1 and 3-0, and in the Cup with 1-0. Begins: 18.12.2016. – 15:30 CET
Darmstadt was last season expected to be in the relegation, because they just entered the higher rank, however, this team was a pleasant surprise and they survived just because they played very well in the first part of the season. But this is all part of the past and very bad performances have kept them long close to the danger zone, until they in the last round dropped to last place. No wonder when they have not won a single point for six rounds, while the elimination from the Cup is the least of their worry. They need championship points and then they will host the toughest possible opponent, which also still does not have the right to relax and it is clear that Darmstadt has great prospects.
After the home defeat by HSV two rounds ago, they replaced their coach Meier and it seems that the arrival of Ramon Berndroth on the bench, brought some improvements in the game, so they were close to winning a point in the last round in Freiburg, but they still received a goal in the finish. There were changes in the team, so Niemeyer played on the center-back position, the recovered Rosenthal was in the attack with Schipplock. Now Jungwirth should return to the right back.
Probable lineups Darmstadt 98: Esser – Jungwirth, Niemeyer, Sulu, Holland – Gondorf, Vrančić – Sirigu, Heller – Rosenthal – Schipplock
Bayern is back on the leading position and they should now try to preserve this position in the remaining two rounds until the winter break. This should be the easier part, even though they are the guests, because they will have a match with Leipzig, the only team that practically endangers the defence of their title. The previous four games have shown that the crisis has passed and that Bayern still has the game. They had those two straight defeats that have shaken them a little bit and they lost the first place in the Champions League, which is why they have much more serious rival in the round of sixteen than they had hoped.
However, that match will be played in the spring, while they now in the last round in the championship completely shattered the team of Wolfsburg at home with 5-0. It could have been more convincing, but trio Lewandowski, Robben and T.Muller did the main job, and T.Muller scored after a long time in Bundesliga. Coach Ancelotti hs again made some combinations and Alaba was the center-back with J.Martinez, while the Italian expert has at his disposal almost all the players and he can choose which setting will decide for this match, with the safe return of Boateng and Hummels to center-back positions.
Probable lineups Bayern Munich: Neuer – Lahm, J.Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Vidal, Alcantara – Robben, T.Muller, Ribery – Lewandowski
Darmstadt 98 vs. Bayern Munich PICK
It takes a big miracle that Bayern celebrates in this match, but Darmstadt hopes that they can at least threaten them at home or perhaps score some goal. So, we still expect a lot of goals in this match.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.65 at comeon (down to 1.56 can be played)