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Bundesliga

Darmstadt welcome local rivals Mainz under Friday night lights

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)