Darmstadt - The Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor will be rocking on Friday evening when SV Darmstadt 98 welcome local rivals 1. FSV Mainz 05 to town for Matchday 8's curtain-raiser (kick-off: 20:30 CEST/18:30 GMT).

History

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Top facts

  • Sunday's 2-2 draw in Dortmund was Darmstadt's fourth stalemate of the season - no other team has played out so many.

  • The Lilies currently sit ninth in the Bundesliga - the club's highest ever top-flight position.

  • After seven games last season, Mainz were unbeaten. This term, der Karnevalsverein have already tasted defeat on four occasions.

  • Only 31 kilometres separate the centre of Darmstadt from the centre of Mainz.

  • Both sides have conceded seven goals in the second half this season.

  • On average, one in every six of Darmstadt's shots has found the net: a league-high along with FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund.

Possible line-ups

Darmstadt: Mathenia - Garics, Sulu, Caldirola, Junior Diaz - Niemeyer, Gondorf - Heller, Rausch - Rosenthal - Wagner

Absentees: Platins (thigh)

Mainz: Karius - Balogun, Bungert, Bell, Bussmann - Baumgartlinger, Latza - Clemens, Malli, De Blasis - Muto

Absentees: Frei (thigh), Soto (knee)