Summary

  • Darmstadt have lost their last six Bundesliga outings.
  • Berndroth acting as interim coach after Die Lilien parted ways with Norbert Meier.
  • Leaders Bayern enjoying a three-game winning streak.

SV Darmstadt 98 will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak in the Bundesliga on Matchday 15, but it promises to be a tall order as they host resurgent champions FC Bayern München on Sunday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Darmstadt's poor run of form has seen them slip below Hamburger SV and FC Ingolstadt 04 to bottom spot in the Bundesliga. Admittedly, Die Lilien showed signs of improvement in their first outing under interim coach Ramon Berndroth, but they still succumbed to a 1-0 loss at SC Freiburg, and they have some tough games on the horizon. After Bayern, Darmstadt will face Hertha Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1. FC Köln, Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. How they negotiate that run of fixtures could well determine their Bundesliga survival.  

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Bayern enjoyed a perfect weekend on Matchday 14. They put five past VfL Wolfsburg, Thomas Müller finally broke his Bundesliga duck, and they reclaimed top spot as RB Leipzig were stunned by FC Ingolstadt 04. The champions will be confident of notching up their fourth straight league win against Darmstadt, a team they have beaten in six of their seven competitive meetings. With their nearest title rivals Leipzig and Hertha facing off on Saturday, this could even be a chance for Carlo Ancelotti's side to open up a gap at the top of the table.

Lewandowski is up to third in the Bundesliga scoring charts after clocking up four goals in his last two games. © gettyimages

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Match Stats

  • Darmstadt are bottom of the table. It's the first time since being promoted in 2015 that they've found themselves in an automatic relegation place.
  • For the first time in Bundesliga history, two consecutive Matchdays have featured a top-versus-bottom clash. On Matchday 14, then leaders RB Leipzig travelled to 18th-placed Ingolstadt.
  • Bayern's last defeat to the Bundesliga's bottom side came in March 2008, against FC Energie Cottbus. Darmstadt have never beaten a team at the top of the league.
  • Darmstadt took points off Bayern in the first of their six Bundesliga meetings – a 1-1 draw in Munich back in 1978. Die Lilien have lost all three Bundesliga home games against the Bavarians.
  • This game will pit the Bundesliga's strongest attack (Bayern, 34 goals) against its joint-weakest attack (Darmstadt, 11 goals – level with Augsburg, Hamburg, and Ingolstadt).
  • Having grabbed a brace in his last two Bundesliga outings, Robert Lewandowski has now scored as many goals this season (11) as the entire Darmstadt squad.

The Venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor