Darmstadt play their final game of the season in Bundesliga II and still have promotion hopes. They are fourth in the table and host Paderborn who are in sixth place. Darmstadt are behind third placed Hamburg (playing away at 12th placed Hansa Rostock) on goal difference. If they could claim third, that's take them into the play-off against the side finishing third from bottom in the Bundesliga. They haven't played in the Bundesliga since 2017 but come into this game having lost three of their last five league fixtures. Two of the losses were on their travels, the other a 5-2 home defeat by league leaders Schalke 04. Darmstadt have won nine home league fixtures this season and the loss to Schalke is their only one in the last six. All they can do is try to get a better result than Hamburg this week or their promotion hopes will end.
Paderborn are sixth and three points behind fifth placed St Pauli and ahead of seventh placed Nurnberg on goal difference. Their chances of promotion are over for another year. Drawing 12 league games hasn't helped them at all. Their away from has seen them win nine games and they are unnbeaten in their last six league fixtures. Only one of the last five on the road has been lost but they have little to play for here. Darmstadt have scored 11 goals in their last three home league games and can be backed to get the win here. A side bet on them winning with both teams scoring looks a possible winner too.