Hoffenheim vs Standard Liege
Date: Saturday, 8th July 2017
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stadtisches Stadion.
Hoffenheim will start their preparations for the new season this Saturday when they are about to take on Standard Liege at Stadtisches Stadion.
The Belgians should be in a much better shape since this will be their fourth friendly as the new First Division A kicks off this month.
Julian Nagelsmann is responsible for Hoffenheim’s greatest result in team’s history.
The Germans will feature the playoffs Champions League before the start of the season in Bundesliga which is why they decided to start a bit earlier with the preparation period.
The only departure worth mentioning is the one of Nicklas Sule who was rewarded for an impressive season with a €17 million move to Bayern Munich.
Nagelsmann signed West Ham’s defensive midfielder Havard Nortdveit who should be a decent replacement.
The visitors have had a dismal campaign in the last term of First Division A and they will not feature European competitions for the first time in a while.
Team’s owners thus made a natural decision to bring the new fresh name on the bench which they did as famous Portuguese former player Ricardo Manuel Sa Pinto took charge of the team this summer.
The clash with Hoffenheim will be the first serious test for the Belgians in pre-season as they clinched demolishing wins over amateur teams of Aywaille and Wiltz before playing a 2-2 draw with Dudelange on Wednesday.
Hoffenheim vs Standard Liege: Head to head
This will be the first ever head to head encounter between the two sides.
Hoffenheim vs Standard Liege: Prediction
Standard showed plenty of holes in mid-week’s meeting with Luxembourg’s Dudelange and Sa Pinto will have a lot to work on to fix these before the start of the season.
Hoffenheim generally play attacking football, they have kept their star men in the attack from the last season and we expect them to exploit Standard’s defensive holes to the max this Saturday.
Hoffenheim vs Standard Liege: Betting Tips
The main betting prediction will be BTTS & Over 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 17/20.
We will alternatively take Hoffenheim Over 1.5 Team Goals at 9/10.