Hoffenheim vs Hannover
Date: Saturday, 16 February 2019
Kick-Off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim).
Hoffenheim were on the brink of an abyss when they went 3-0 down by 66th minute of the affair against table-toppers Borussia Dortmund last weekend. Nevertheless, they never gave up and managed to save a point with three late goals.
A point won’t mean much in their quest for the European football next term, but it will definitely play a massive role on psychological base ahead of the final third of the season.
Die Kraichgauer have a great chance to back up such amazing comeback on Saturday afternoon when they host penultimate-placed Hannover. The hosts can thus return to winning ways after back-to-back draws.
They sit 9th at the moment, but are just three points shy of 5th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. Top-four spot is, however, eight points away meaning another Champions League journey will likely remain only a dream for local fans in Sinsheim.
Hoffenheim vs Hannover: Head-to-head
The head to head stats completely favour Hoffenheim here.
Die Kraichgauer won 7 and drew 2 of 9 home outings against Hannover.
Hoffenheim celebrated two separate 3-1 wins in last two meetings with the Reds.
Hoffenheim vs Hannover: Prediction
Hannover got off to a dismal start to the year with three successive losses to Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. They proved out to be super vulnerable at the back against top notch sides shipping eight goals in two losses to Dortmund and Leipzig.
Nevertheless, Thomas Doll’s men managed to find the way to claim a highly-important 2-0 victory last Sunday against fellow strugglers Nurnberg at HDI-Arena. This winter’s acquisition Nicolai Muller was the catalyst for the win as his brace made the difference for the visitors.
Regardless of this win, the Reds are still heavy underdogs coming into this fixture. They have a horrendous away record of four draws and six losses in ten matches on the road in Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim’s attacking line should have plenty of room to create past the struggling defense of Hannover’s here. We expect a one-sided affair and a comprehensive high-scoring victory for the hosts.
Hoffenheim vs Hannover: Bet Tips
HT/FT Hoffenheim/Hoffenheim @ 1.80 (4/5)
Hoffenheim to win & Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.20 (6/5).