Now seven points adrift of 17th-placed Ingolstadt, Darmstadt have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to have any hope of making their way off the bottom of the table. Playing host to a Leverkusen side who are themselves desperate for points, Darmstadt will be hoping their two-match losing streak will come to a welcome end. Matchday 26 was a difficult one for The Lillies with a 4-0 defeat away to RB Leipzig, a result Torsten Frings' side will not want a repeat of in front of their own fans.
Five matchdays without a win will be difficult to take for Leverkusen fans with the appointment of Tayfun Korkut not providing the spark in Die Werkself that had been hoped for. Leverkusen were heading for three points last Sunday but for a quick-fire hat-trick from Wolfsburg's Mario Gomez that devastatingly dampened their hopes. If it had not been for an 89th-minute strike from Kai Havertz, Leverkusen would have snatched a demoralising defeat from the jaws of victory. With only eight matchdays left, Leverkusen need more than just a draw if they are to find themselves in Europe next season.
- Tayfun Korkut is the first Leverkusen coach since Michael Skibbe in October 2005 not to have taken three points in his first three Bundesliga games in charge.
- Last season, Leverkusen won seven of the last eight games of the season and climbed from seventh to third - will this season see the same finish?
- Torsten Frings won the last trophy of his professional career against Leverkusen, lifting the DFB Cup against Die Werkself with Werder Bremen back in 2009.
- Kai Havertz is not only the youngest Leverkusen player to feature in the Bundesliga but since Sunday is also the youngest top-flight goalscorer in Bayer's history.
- With just 15 points to their name and a goal difference of -34, Darmstadt have the worst record of any Bundesliga side since the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995.