- Bielefeld sit 15pts clear of 5th placed Darmstadt in the 2. Bundesliga table.
- Bielefeld have won seven games at home this season, only losing once.
- Darmstadt have lost six times on the road this season.
Bielefeld face their third game in the space of a week on Thursday but after beating Dynamo Dresden 4-0 the hosts will be confident they can negotiate any tired legs and extend their unbeaten run in the 2. Bundesliga. Darmstadt have been inconsistent of late but did claim a 3-2 win over Hannover last time out to keep their promotion hopes alive.
The visitors have lost two of their last three away games though and look at little nervous on their travels, while Bielefeld have gone 13 league games without a defeat and have only lost once at home this season. Darmstadt have suffered six defeats on the road and have looked much more solid in their own backyard.
Our prediction for a home win this Thursday is justified by the performances of both clubs so far this season and the fact that Bielefeld have won their last four encounters with Darmstadt, including the 3-1 win at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor earlier this season. In terms of a final scoreline, our prediction is 2-0 as Bielefeld score an average of 1.87 goals per home game and have kept clean sheets in three of their last five matches, while Darmstadt have failed to score in two of their last three away games.
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