Match date: 20 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Germany Football
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
3-2 - Draw
Gladbach managed to improve their form after slow start in this season but they are now coming here after three consecutive defeats, most recently in Cup were defeated by Werder Bremen 3:4 at home, in previous round of Bundesliga were smashed by Bayer Leverkusen 5:0 and before that suffered defeat in last round of Champions league group stage by Manchester City on the road 4:2. They will now host Darmstadt in 17 round of German Bundesliga and must go for a victory in order to end series of bad results and get back on the track. Before these three victories they had series of 13 matches without defeat in all competitions and now will for sure go for a victory here. Gladbach is currently at decent 6th position at the table with 26 points, they showed great attacking skills and so far scored 31 goal in league while they must try to improve their defense since so far conceded 28 goals. They are now fully focused on league since were eliminated from Cup and Champions league and must try to end this campaign at least at 6th position in order to reach at least Europa league for the next season. Gladbach managed to win five out of last six matches in front of their fans. Coach Andre Schubert can't count on defenders Martin Stranzl, Tony Jantschke, Alvaro Dominguez and Nico Schulz and attacking midfielders Patrick Herrmann and Andre Hahn due to injuries while appearance of also attacking midfielder Ibrahima Traore is in doubt due to a minor injury.
Darmstadt on the other hand as newly promoted side showed decent performances, they are currently at 12th position at the table with 18 points, four points above relegation zone and they must try to avoid defeat here in order to avoid dropping their position. They are coming here after defeat in 1/8 finals of the Cup by Bayern Munich on the road 1:0 and I believe that they are satisfied with result since they managed to avoid convincing defeat against strongest team in Germany, while before that suffered convincing defeat against Hertha Berlin at home 0:4. So far Darmstadt managed to celebrate four times, got six draws and suffered six defeats and their main goal for this campaign is to keep their Bundesliga status. So far they are doing fine job but they must try to improve their performances to keep their current position. It will be very hard for them to achieve positive outcome in this match against strong Gladbach and they must play on very high level to at least avoid defeat. Last time Darmstadt played against Gladbach two seasons ago in 1/32 finals of the Cup and they manged to progress further since they won after penalties but now it will be very hard to at least save their net since Gladbach is coming here motivated and almost with imperative to win and end series of bad results. Defender Luca Caldirola, defensive midfielder Peter Niemeyer and attacking midfielder Marcel Heller are having problems with slight injuries and their appearances are in doubt.
Gladbach is favorite here, they dropped their form and now must go for a victory at all costs, they for sure have enough quality in their squad to achieve another positive outcome at home while Darmstadt must try to avoid defeat to avoid dropping their current position in safe zone but to achieve that they must show much more than so far and I believe that Gladbach will achieve convincing victory here in front of their fans.