Summary

  • Darmstadt snapped eight-game losing streak on Frings' debut.
  • Köln have drawn their last four.
  • Darmstadt still propping up the Bundesliga; Köln on fringes of Europe.

Struggling SV Darmstadt 98 go in search of their first win since 22 October when 1. FC Köln come to town on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Torsten Frings takes aim at three points for the second time since taking charge of Darmstadt, and after snapping their eight-game losing streak in his debut, he will be looking to break another taboo by beating Köln on Saturday. 

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The visitors have proven how hard they are to beat, but their head coach Peter Stöger would have nothing against turning a draw into a win, having seen his side held to just one point in each of their past four games. That has seen them fall off the European pace and a win would be the best way to get back in the running.

Köln's Anthony Modeste is the third-top scorer in the Bundesliga this term with 13.

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Match Stats

  • Köln have not lost any of their nine competitive matches against the Lilies (seven wins, two draws).
  • Darmstadt have won all nine of their points this season at home.
  • For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Darmstadt have gone five games without a goal. It’s been 534 minutes since the Lilies last found the back of the net.
  • Although he went close against Gladbach, Aytac Sulu, who scored seven times for the Lilies last season, is still waiting for his first goal of the current campaign.
  • Köln defender Konstantin Rausch spent last season at Darmstadt.
  • Leon Guwara is from Cologne and was with the Billy Goats from 2003-2014, although he never played for the first team.

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The Venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor