Darmstadt vs Bayern Munich: Bundesliga Matchday 26 Preview

After enjoying one of their best weeks of the season, can Bayern Munich continue the momentum as they travel to bottom side Darmstadt on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga?

Bayern Munich look to maintain their good run of form when they travel to Darmstadt on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich look to maintain their good run of form when they travel to Darmstadt on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga. / Sebastian El-Saqqa - firo sportphoto/GettyImages
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Darmstadt

Darmstadt certainly have not found life comfortable in the Bundesliga. After leading Darmstadt to the 2. Bundesliga title just last season, manager Torsten Lieberknecht finds his side sitting bottom of the table, 12 points away from safety. After a humiliating 6-0 defeat at home to Augsburg, Darmstadt players were made to listen to the concerns of the fans. While the result was not as bad, Darmstadt still suffered another defeat last weekend, losing 2-0 to RB Leipzig.

Marcel Schuhen should get the start in goal for Darmstadt with both Christoph Klarer and former Bayern academy player Thomas Isherwood starting in front of him. On the right side of the defense, expect Bartol Franjic will get the start with Emir Karic starting on the left.

I think Darmstadt will come out with a box midfield and I look for club captain Fabian Holland to start in the defensive midfield position with Tobias Kempe giving him company in midfield. Gerrit Holtmann and Julian Justvan should start as the two attacking midfielders.

The young Swedish striker Oscar Vilhelmsson should start as the lone center forward, with Tim Starke playing just behind him. Skarke normally starts up front when Darmstadt plays a back three and a wider option in the back four. With Darmstadt looking to hurt Bayern on the counter, I think he plays a free role and looks to drift into the areas the Bayern full-backs will leave open.

Darmstadt Predicted Starting XI

Schuhen
Franjic-Klarer-Isherwood-Karic
Holland-Kempe
Holtmann-Justvan
Vilhelmsson-Skarke

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Score Prediction

Darmstadt 1-3 Bayern Munich (Kane x2; Muller)

Despite Darmstadt's poor results, they are a team that loves to attack and push numbers forward. I can see them getting a goal, but Bayern Munich is now playing with a lot more confidence and Tuchel seems to have figured out the ideal system and lineup. Nothing but a comfortable win for Bayern will be one of the biggest upsets of the Bundesliga season.