Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020
Kick-off at 14:30 UK / 15:30 CET
Venue: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim).
Two out-of-form teams lock horns in PreZero Arena on Saturday lunchtime searching of a win to turn their season around, with Hoffenheim chasing European glory whilst Hertha’ll want to ensure their Bundesliga survival.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Match Preview
Despite a poor opening that saw them go a goal behind, Hoffenheim improved after the break and fought back to secure a point in a 1-1 draw away to Schalke 04 with substitute Christoph Baumgartner netting the leveller for the visitors.
In spite of their best efforts to sabotage their Europa League reckoning, Achtzehn99 is still game for continental qualification, even after slipping down to 9th step of Bundesliga ladder, a consequence of their five-game winless streak during which Alfred Schreuder’s men recorded three defeats.
Two of which were at this place, in Sinsheim, where Hoffenheim, to this date, have a dodgy record; one or two wins, followed by two or three losses, rinse and repeat. Before Bayern Munich annihilated them, Achtzehn99 lost to Europa League contender and that was followed by victories over Dortmund and Leverkusen.
Their games definitely aren’t for weak of heart as Hertha pulled yet another comeback, this time from 2-0 down as the Old Lady shared the points in their home game against Werder Bremen last Saturday afternoon as it ended up 2-2 between the two sides.
The Berliners are still finding themselves under Alexander Nouri but early signs aren’t exactly good as Hertha recorded just one win in last five games, with two defeats and two latest draws to their name and should they continue in similar manner in the coming weeks, there’s a real possibility of the Old Lady getting once more involved into relegation battle Jürgen Klinsmann pulled them out recently.
During their travels, Die Alte Dame are doing way better than in front of their own fans as they haven’t tasted a defeat since the last days of November, getting three wins and two draws under their belt, latest one being nerve-wracking trip to Dusseldorf where the Berliners got a point after being 3-0 down at half time.
Florian Grillitsch of Hoffenheim has caught a bad case of cold and while he remains uncertain for clash against Hertha, bunch of his teammates will be out for sure, such as the likes of Ermin Bicakcic, Andrej Kramaric, Munas Dabbur, Sargis Adamyan and Ishak Belfodil.
Guests are coming into this clash in much better shape, with Vladimir Darida only one certain absentee since he has suspension to serve out; there’s some rumors swirling about Dedryck Boyata and Peter Pekarik missing out but officials says they should both be available come Saturday.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (19 games): Hoffenheim 9 wins, 5 draws, Hertha Berlin 5 wins.
- Hoffenheim have 5-2-2 record at home versus the Old Lady.
- TSG had a field day during their last visit to Berlin, getting all the points in 2-3 win.
- The Europa League hopefuls are currently on a eight-game unbeaten run v Hertha.
- They were first on the scoresheet in their last five h2h meetings.
- Hoffenheim also had a half time lead during last five encounters v hertha
- The Berliners to keep a clean sheet last eight times they’ve played Hoffenheim.
- Both teams have scored in five of their last six showdowns.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Prediction
While I was near recommending you to put your trust in Hertha, both theirs and Hoffenheim’s unpredictable nature pulled me out of it.
So let’s go with goals, there should be a lot of them in this duel. Hoffenheim’s home games are almost always energetic, free-flowing affairs and Hertha under Nouri, while lacking in results, are endlessly entertaining to watch so with neither side giving a rat’s ass about defense, both of these recommendations should easily come to pass.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Betting tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.65
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.73.