The international break perhaps came at a good time for Leipzig as a run of three matches without a win has seen them slip 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. A 1-0 defeat at home to Wolfsburg was followed by a 3-0 loss at Werder Bremen on Matchday 25, so Ralph Hasenhüttl will be keen to see his side bounce back against Darmstadt. Marcel Sabitzer got both goals in Leipzig’s 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in October.
Only nine games remain for Darmstadt to make up a 12-point gap to third bottom Hamburg , so it is imperative that Torsten Frings’ side finally pick up some points on the road. The Lilies lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg on Matchday 25 but covered more ground – 123.6 kilometres – than in any other match since they were promoted in 2015. A repeat of that kind of workrate – plus a little more luck at both ends of the pitch – could be required if they are to claim just their fifth win of the campaign.
- Darmstadt have lost 18 of their 25 games this season. Freiburg were the last team to have so many defeats at this stage of a campaign 20 years ago.
- After remaining unbeaten in their opening 13 Bundesliga games, Leipzig have now lost six of their last 12.
- Since the introduction of the three-points-for-a-win rule, all teams with 18 points or fewer after 25 games have been relegated.
- Leipzig have lost two of their last three home games.
- The Lilies have lost all 12 away matches this campaign. Nürnberg were the last team to remain without a point on the road after 25 games 33 years ago.
- The promoted side have been scoreless twice as often in eight Rückrunde games (four) as in the whole of the first half of the season (two).