FC Ingolstadt 04 head into this Saturday's clash away at fellow newly-promoted side SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT) knowing that they could secure Bundesliga survival with a victory.
Victory for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men would take them to 42 points, and the men from Bavaria will be confident of doing just that following their impressive win over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 29.
Ingolstadt's impending achievement should not obscure the great work being done by Dirk Schuster's men at Darmstadt, however. The Lilies have also enjoyed a brilliant campaign - like Ingolstadt, they have not been in among the relegation places all season - and are edging ever closer to safety following victory at Hamburger SV last time out.
Matchday 13 rewind: Ingolstadt 3-1 Darmstadt
Matchday 30 - match stats
- If SV Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt fail to win and Ingolstadt manage to do so, then Die Schanzer will be assured of Bundesliga survival.Darmstadt are also in with a good chance of staying up. They have 32 points from 29 matches, and no team has ever been relegated with exactly that total at this stage of a campaign (although four teams with more points have gone down).Impressively, neither of these two sides have been in a relegation place at any stage this term.These teams have met five times in competitive matches, with exactly four goals being scored in all of them.FCI won the first game this season 3-1 back on Matchday 13. This remains the only time they have won a game coming from behind.Darmstadt are unbeaten in five games, a record streak for the club in the Bundesliga.Ingolstadt have won their last two league games and are also in search of a club record, having never won three on the spin in the top flight.Die Schanzer have scored 52 per cent of their goals from set pieces in 2015/16 and Darmstadt 47 per cent. These are the two highest figures in the division.
Darmstadt: Mathenia - Jungwirth, Sulu, Caldirola, Holland - Niemeyer, Gondorf - Heller, Rausch - Vrancic - Wagner
Absentees: Rakjovic (hamstring), Rosenthal (Achilles), Stroh-Engel (back)
Coach: Dirk Schuster
Ingolstadt: Özcan - da Costa, Matip, Hübner, Bauer - Roger, Groß, Christiansen - Hartmann, Lezcano, Leckie
Absentees: Soares (light training), Levels (light training), Danilo (toe), Ortag (shoulder)
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl