SV Darmstadt vs TSG Hoffenheim Predictions

Darmstadt vs Hoffenheim predictions for their Bundesliga meeting. The hosts are already relegated; can they play party-poopers as their opponents chase down a European spot? Read on for our free match preview and betting tips.


Bundesliga | Gameweek 36 – May 12, 2024 at 2.30pm UK at Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor

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SV Darmstadt vs TSG Hoffenheim Predictions

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Final Flourish or European Dream? Darmstadt vs Hoffenheim Clash Defines Season’s End

Key Stats

– Darmstadt has conceded the most goals in the Bundesliga this season.

– Hoffenheim has not kept a clean sheet in their last 28 matches.

– Both teams have scored in 14 of Hoffenheim’s 16 away games.

As the Bundesliga season nears its conclusion, Darmstadt 98, already relegated, host Hoffenheim in what promises to be an emotionally charged encounter at the Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor. Darmstadt aims to bow out of the top flight on a high note in their last home game, while Hoffenheim fights to secure a spot in European competition next season.

Tactical Analysis and Game Dynamics

Darmstadt has struggled significantly throughout the season, with a defence that has leaked goals at an alarming rate, conceding 76 times in 32 matches. Their home record is particularly dismal, with only one victory and a series of six consecutive losses. The team’s inability to find the net consistently, coupled with defensive frailties, has been their undoing. Despite these challenges, Darmstadt has shown sporadic glimpses of competitiveness, particularly through the efforts of forward Tim Skarke, who has been a rare bright spot in a tough campaign.


Hoffenheim, on the other hand, has displayed a potent attack but suffers from defensive instability, which has prevented them from consolidating a top-six position. With European qualification within reach, Hoffenheim’s motivation is clear, but their recent form has been inconsistent. Key player Andrej Kramaric’s recent goal-scoring form will be crucial, and the team will need to tighten up at the back to secure the necessary points.

Key Player Matchups and Strategic Outcomes

The game could be decided in midfield, where Hoffenheim’s ability to control the game and feed their forwards will be tested against Darmstadt’s more robust but less technically gifted setup. The key duel might see Hoffenheim’s midfield dynamo Grischa Prömel trying to orchestrate play and penetrate Darmstadt’s vulnerable back line.

Another critical area will be the wings, where Darmstadt will need to contain Hoffenheim’s wide players, who can be expected to exploit the flanks, aiming crosses towards Kramaric and Wout Weghorst in the centre.

Team Strengths, Weaknesses, and Tactical Adjustments


  • Strengths: Despite a poor overall record, Darmstadt’s fighting spirit in front of their home crowd could spur them on to make a strong final showing.
  • Weaknesses: A leaky defence and a lack of goal-scoring threat have been their Achilles’ heel all season long.


  • Strengths: Offensively strong, with Kramaric leading from the front.
  • Weaknesses: Defensive gaps have led to too many goals conceded, particularly in the latter stages of matches.

Darmstadt could benefit from tightening up their defensive line and focusing on counter-attacks using Skarke’s pace. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, should focus on maintaining possession and exploiting the evident gaps in Darmstadt’s defensive setup.

Expected Lineups and Tactical Setup:

Darmstadt Starting XI: Schuhen; Reidel, Klarer, J. Muller; Nurnberger, A. Muller, Justvan, Karic; Mehlem; Vilhelmsson, Skarke

This lineup suggests Darmstadt will rely on compact defending and quick breaks, using Skarke’s pace and Mehlem’s creativity to challenge Hoffenheim’s vulnerable defence.

Hoffenheim Starting XI: Baumann; Kabak, Grillitsch, Akpoguma; Kaderabek, Promel, Stach, Bulter; Kramaric; Weghorst, Beier

Hoffenheim will look to dominate midfield and utilise the width provided by Kaderabek and Bulter, aiming crosses into the box for their strong aerial threats, Kramaric and Weghorst.

Predictions and Betting Angles

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Best Bet: Hoffenheim to Win Given the stark contrast in motivations and Hoffenheim’s offensive capabilities, backing them to win appears the safest bet. Despite their poor away form, Darmstadt’s record offers a prime opportunity for Hoffenheim to secure crucial points.

Correct Score Prediction: Hoffenheim 3-1 Darmstadt Expecting Hoffenheim’s attack to be too much for Darmstadt, a 3-1 victory for the visitors aligns with both teams’ tendencies this season. Darmstadt might find the net in a spirited final home display, but Hoffenheim’s quality should prevail.

Goalscorer Prediction: Andrej Kramaric to Score Kramaric, in form and pivotal to Hoffenheim’s attacking strategy, is a strong candidate to score. His movement and finishing abilities should exploit Darmstadt’s defensive weaknesses effectively.

Team to Score First: Hoffenheim Hoffenheim’s aggressive start and tactical setup aimed at securing an early advantage should see them open the scoring. Their need to assert dominance early to dispel any nerves will be key in taking control of the game.

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