Professionals | 23/11/2018

Matchday 14

Information about the game in Darmstadt

1. FC Cologne plays on Saturday at 1pm CET at SV Darmstadt and would like to pick up where he left off with the last game against Dresden. The FC are likely to remember the last away game in Darmstadt.

The last match between the SV Darmstadt 98 and 1. FC Cologne is almost two years back. In January 2017, the FC won 6-1 in Darmstadt. No other FC score was higher since then – until the last home game and the 8-1 against Dynamo Dresden. Especially in front of a home crowd, the ‘Lilies’ are hard to beat this season.

Form Check

1.FC Cologne: A clear and convincing victory against Dresden gave the team a big boost. After the carnival kick-off, the return of Anthony Modeste and 70-year celebrations, the focus is again fully on the upcoming game. Especially away the FC feels quite comfortable this season (with the exception of the game in Hamburg). The offensive is particularly convincing with already 32 goals.

Marco Hoeger is fit again and available against Darmstadt.

SV Darmstadt: Impressive at home, quite poor away! This describes in short the Darmstadt form. The ‘Lilies’ conceded just six goals conceded in seven home games this season. That's why Darmstadt recorded 13 of its 17 points in their home stadium at ‘Boellenfalltor’.

What the coaches have to say

Markus Anfang: "Darmstadt is a team that has played in the Bundesliga and many players stayed on from there. They play with many long balls, but purposeful and with a solid strategy. It will be a challenge for us, but we want to take the good feeling from the Dresden match into this game."

Dirk Schuster: "Cologne has its own objective to gain back direct promotion into the Bundesliga again and will therefore play with this attitude in our own stadium. The previous matchdays have proven that you don’t get any presents in the second league and always have to go to the limit to be successful."

Team Updates

1. FC Cologne: Since Wednesday all FC professionals are available for Markus Anfang, apart from the long-term injured. During the international break Jannes Horn (knee) and Marco Hoeger (removal of a shoulder plate) could recover their injuries. Christian Clemens and Lasse Sobiech are continuing their individual recovery training.

SV Darmstadt: Goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier and striker Felix Platte are in rehabilitation training. In addition, Selim Guenduez will be missed for a long time, after his cruciate ligament tear in the game against Bochum. Tobias Kempe saw his fifth yellow card and will be missed due to suspension.


  • It is the first game between SV Darmstadt 98 and 1. FC Cologne in the 2nd Bundesliga. Earlier, the two teams met each other eight times in the 1st Bundesliga and twice in the German DFB Cup.
  • 1. FC Cologne never lost to Darmstadt (eight wins, two draws).
  • Darmstadt recorded 13 out of possible 21 points at home, making it second in the home table. 1. FC Cologne also occupies the second position, but in the away table and lost only once away so far this season.

Key Player of the Opponent

At the age of 32, Captain Aytac Sulu is the absolute leader of the team. In his almost five years with the ‘Lilies’, the center-back has witnessed a lot. The successive promotions and the run  from the third league into the Bundesliga, a successful season in the Bundesliga, followed by the relegation into the second league. Sulu was always one of the cornerstones of the team, especially his header strength, he has proven across all leagues. He has scored 21 goals so far for Darmstadt, eleven of them in the two seasons in the Bundesliga. Especially on set pieces, the German-Turk again and again is active in the Darmstadt offense.

Captain and defender Aytac Sulu (right)

Useful Information

  • Darmstadt is struggling against relegated teams from the Bundesliga: The ‘Lilies’ won only two of their last 24 games.
  • Scoring series ended: The 0-1 defeat in Bochum meant the first goalless game after scoring in ten league games in a row - it was the longest running series for Darmstatd in 29 years.
  • Overall, the FC attack has the league's best odds of 23 percent. However, Darmstadt is the most efficient in taking advantage of major opportunities (75 percent).

Notes for FC Fans

  • The match kicks off at 1 pm (CET) and the stadium gates open at 11.30am CET
  • Cash is accepted throughout the stadium.
  • Arrival by train: At Darmstadt central station change to the VIAS-Odenwaldbahn in the direction of Gross-Umstadt / Wiebelsbach, get off at TU-Lichtwiese. After a walk of about 15 minutes you reach the guest entrance of the stadium.
  • Arriving by car: A5 or A67 until exit Darmstaedter cross, then the A672 in the direction of City central to Rheinstrasse. From there, please follow the stadium signage for cars and buses to the respective guest parking area. In the area of ​​TU Darmstadt there are sufficient parking spaces for buses and cars, but their use is subject to a charge. For cars, the parking garage of the TU Darmstadt is available as a parking facility. The parking fee there is 5 euros.
  • FC Fans, who are not traveling to Darmstadt can follow the match in the FC-App on Radio Cologne FC-Radio and in the FC Liveticker.

There are still tickets in the FC ticketshop.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
1 1. FC Köln 63
2 SC Paderborn 07 57
3 1. FC Union Berlin 57