Hoffenheim vs Schalke
Date: Sunday, 25th September 2016,
Kick-Off: 14:30 UK
Venue: Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim.
TSG Hoffenheim could consider themselves unlucky to have held to a 1-1 draw in the mid-week trip to nearby Darmstadt. Julian Nagelsmann tutored side took a lead early in the second half through former Leicester City outcast Andrej Kramaric and looked set to take all three points. But second half substitute Denys Oliynyk struck deep in the injury time to deny Hoffenheim their first win of the season.
While Schalke fell to yet another defeat in the mid-week and were once against inspiring in the 3-1 loss at home to FC Koln. After four matchdays, the Gelsenkirchen outfit lost every league match so far and are rooted in the relegation zone. They are one of two sides in Bundesliga who have lost in every four matches of the season so far, with the other being Werder Bremen.
Hoffenheim vs Schalke: Head-to-Head Stats
- Schalke did a double over Hoffenheim last season with a 1-0 win at home on December 2015 and 4-1 win away on the final matchday of the season.
- Schalke are on a three match winning run against Hoffenheim and they have lost only once in the last 7 league meetings.
- Hoffenheim have a better head-to-head record against Schalke while playing at home. They have lost once and won 3 and draw 4 of the last 7 meetings at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Hoffenheim vs Schalke: Prediction
Hoffenheim look like a slightly better side after taking 4 draws from their opening 4 matches. Also, they are vulnerable owing to their adventurous playing style. After conceding 6 goals in their opening 2 matches, they have tightened their defense letting just one goal in their last 2. But it remain to be seen how long they can maintain their discipline. However, there is no doubts on their goal scoring prowess.
While Schalke have succumbed to defeats in the opening four. And the Gelsenkirchen outfit surely trumps their Sunday’s hosts in terms of squad depth and player quality. But at the moment, things are not working well as a team. They have only won once at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in 7 visits and they are expected to face another tough test on Sunday.
Seven of the last eight matches between the two sides have seen over 2.5 goals. And looking at the current forms of both sides, this is very much a possibility on Sunday afternoon.
Hoffenheim vs Schalke: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Hoffenheim/Draw at 1.53 (6/11)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.53 (6/11).
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