Darmstadt 98 vs. Erzgebirge Aue / 2.Bundesliga – 2.Bundesliga brings us the last round and the survival battle is at its peak, Darmstadt and Erzgebirge Aue are in this fight, who are above the relegation zone with the same number of points, one more than the teams that are below the line and it is clear that the winner will provide survival. Darmstadt has a much better goal difference, so they would stay above Aue, and maybe a draw is enough for both teams, depending on the results of Braunschweig and Furth. Damrstadt is in a better form, and they have not been defeated for a long time, but they play a lot of draws, while Aue is four rounds without triumph. In the first part of the season it was 1-0 for Aue. Begins: 13.05.2018. – 15:30 CET
After last season’s elimination from the elite rank, Darmstadt does not want to move in the lower row for the second consecutive year, but they came to an unpleasant situation and practically everything depends on their last game. Idealistically, they could survive even with a defeat, while the only safe way is to win. In the case of a draw, they cannot get eliminated directly, but they can finish in additional playoffs.
We have deliberately mentioned the draw as a very realistic option, because Darmstadt has played 13 draws this season, and they particularly playing draws recently. Interestingly, Darmstadt is in such a situation, although they were defeated in the previous ten rounds, however, they played six draws. Three rounds ago, the situation was different, and then they defeated Union Berlin and Regensburg as guests and now they are depending on themselves. Because of these wins, coach Schuster will not change the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Darmstadt 98: H.Fernandes – Sirigu, Sulu, Bregerie, Holland – Y.Stark – Kempe, Ji, Mehlem, Jones – Platte
Thanks to a very good series of eight matches without defeat, Aue was in the middle of the table a few rounds ago and it seemed that they will not be interesting in the fight for survival. Of course, the point difference was not so big, but besides that they had a very favourable situation, however, in the unlucky moment there was a crisis of game and results and with three defeats in a row they again fell into a dangerous zone, while a home draw with Dynamo in the last round did not help much.
Those 0-0 is not a good result because the team from Dresden has only one point more and if they, for example, won, they would now be safe, and this is why they have a reason to be worried. First of all because they are not in good shape, but also because the opponent is long without defeat. They have some options that they could survive even with a defeat, but it is the safest that they win. Bochum is still out of action because of suspension, Kempe as well, and now Kalig cannot play because of yellow cards, so coach Drews was forced to change and improvise.
Probable lineups Erzgebirge Aue: Mannel – Rapp, Tiffert, Cacutalua – Rizzuto, Hertner – Fandrich, Riese – Bertram, Nazarov, Kopke
Darmstadt 98 vs. Erzgebirge Aue PICK
Both teams are endangered and only their victory guarantees survival, while all other options keep them in uncertainty. However, Darmstadt is a host and in a much better form than Aue, so we expect that the former team from Bundesliga will eliminate all dilemmas with a victory, while the guests can only try to do as best as they can.
Pick: Darmstad wins
Odds: 2.00 at betvictor (down to 1.90 can be played)