Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview with h2h stats, form guide, team news and starting line-ups for German Bundesliga clash on 16 May 2020, Saturday, scheduled to kick off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET at the Rhein-Neckar-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 will want to ensure their Bundesliga survival.
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 with substitute Christoph Baumgartner netting the leveler for the visitors.
In spite of their best efforts to sabotage their Europa League reckoning, TSG 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.
Along with the annihilation by Bayern Munich 0-6, Hoffenheim managed just 2 wins from 8 games at home, drew 1 and lost 5.
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 as it ended up 2-2 between the two sides.
Hertha are 13th in the table, 6 points ahead of relegation zone have appointed a new managed in charge during the Bundesliga’s suspension due to the coronavirus.
The former Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg and Wolfsburg coach Bruno Labbadia will call the shots from the dugout, their fourth managerial change this season having started the campaign with Ante Covic followed by Jurgen Klinsmann and Alexander Nouri.
The Old Lady are coming into this match on the back of a 5 match unbeaten run away from home (3 wins, 2 draws). However, their overall form is far from impressive after managing just 2 wins from last 9 (4 draws, 3 losses).
It will be worth to note that Berliners displayed excellent fighting spirit in their previous 2 Bundesliga matches. At Fortuna Dusseldorf, they came back from three goals down at half time to earn a point, while they cancelled two early goals to hold Bremen to a stalemate at home.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Stats from last 19 h2h 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.
- 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 Die Alte Dame.
- The Old Lady failed to keep a clean sheet last eight times they have played Hoffenheim.
- Both teams have scored in five of their last six showdowns.
Team News & Expected Starting Line-ups
Andrej Kramaric is the biggest absentee from Hoffenheim camp, who is nursing an ankle injury.
Ishak Belfodil and the only other two players missing for Alfred Schreuder.
Hoffenheim (3-5-2): Baumann – Posch, Akpoguma, Hubner – Kaderabek, Rudy, Grillitsch, Samassekou, Skov – Bebou, Baumgartner
For Hertha, Vladimir Darida is suspended after accumulation of yellow cards, while Karim Rekik is injured.
No need to mention again about what Salomon Kalou did to earn an official suspension from the club.
Hertha (4-2-3-1): Jarstein – Klunter, Stark, Boyata, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Ascacibar – Mittelstadt – Lukebakio, Cunha – Piatek
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Prediction
While I thought of recommending Hertha to win this duel, but 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
Total Goals: Over 2.5 goals priced at 1.80 (4/5) odd
Both teams to Score in the Match @ 1.66 (2/3) odd.