Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim
Date: Saturday, 3rd February 2018
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: Olympiastadion (Berlin).
Hertha Berlin seek end to the four match win-less streak against Hoffenheim on Saturday evening.
The teams are separated by 1 point at the start of kick-off and despite their bottom of the table positions, both are very much in the contention for European qualification spots. Hertha’s 26 points is only 5 short of sixth placed Dortmund and 7 off second placed Leverkusen. Both sides are coming on the back of a win-less streak, but Hoffenheim are the worst affected side.
Hertha were held to a goal-less draw at Werder Bremen last week which put them on a 3 match win-less streak. They drew Dortmund in the previous week and lost to Stuttgart in the first match after winter break. Yet, they can be considered as one of the toughest teams to beat in Bundesliga in recent months with the loss to Stuttgart being the lone defeat in last Bundesliga fixtures. However, the home form must be improved as they are ranked 13th in terms of points accumulated from home games this season.
Hoffenheim are coming on the back of a four match win-less run, but they did face some tough oppositions during the period. They met Bayern (2-5), Leverkusen (1-4) and Dortmund (1-2) in the process and all ended in defeats. While a point came from the 1-1 stalemate at Bremen.
Truth to be told, Hoffenheim do not look anywhere close to the team that finished 4th last season, a fate endured by losing key players in the summer. After a fairly good start to the season, the team managed only 3 wins from their last 14 league games. So, time is running out for Nagelsmann to make something out of an inconsistent season.
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim: Head-to-head
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in the last four meetings with Hertha Berlin, 3 wins and 1 draw.
The draw happened when the teams met at the Hoffenheim earlier this season (1-1).
The teams share an even record at the Olympiastadion, 3 wins and 1 draw from 7 Bundesliga games.
However, Hertha managed only 1 win from their last 4 home games against Saturday’s visitors. Last season, they fell to a 1-3 loss, but the heaviest defeat came in 2014 by a massive 0-5 margin.
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim: Prediction
Both teams are expected to go for the winner to put an end to their respective win-less run.
Hertha could have had the advantage considering they are the home team. But we can overlook this since they have a high number of players in the nursing table.
Hoffenheim are a team still looking to play attacking football and are very well capable of scoring goals at will. But there are far too many holes in defense which seem to have no fix. Last two games alone saw them conceding 9 goals and they had kept only 1 clean sheet 10 away games. So, the primary pick has to be both teams to score, especially when Hertha are looking to make amends for lost points in the previous weeks.
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score at 1.70 odds has to be a banker bet.
Value is in backing Over 1.5 second half goals for 2.10 odds.