Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 9 January 2021
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena.
The Miners are still the worst team in the whole competition, and are certainly placed dead last in the table. They have scored a total of just eight goals so far during this campaign, which happens to be the least in the Bundesliga.
They have also conceded the most number of goals of all the teams in the league – 39 from their 14 games till now, and the next worst record is 31 by the 17th placed Mainz.
Do also take note that Christian Gross’s men remain the only team yet to post a win on the board, and have easily established themselves as the prime contender to get relegated at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Die Kraichgauer have been desperately trying to stay clear of the relegation cut-off. They have done justice to this objective as well, barring some unfortunate losses in December against some of the in-form teams in the competition.
However, this time around they are pitted against the worst team in the Bundesliga, and they also happen to have a phenomenal h2h record against this opponent in recent years.
For the reasons, expect Hoffenheim to have the upper hand this weekend.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Sebastian Hoeneb’s men recorded four of the previous five overall wins.
- They have scored a total of eight goals from the preceding three games alone.
- Since 2018, not once have the hosts won at this stadium.
- The latest clash at this ground had ended in a 1-1 draw.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim Prediction
The Miners lost 3-0 on the road the last match-day, against Hertha. In the meantime, Die Kraichgauer lost 1-3 at home against Freiburg.
Going on, Gross’s men were winless in 34 of their past 40 overall match-ups, and of the total six wins during this period, four had come in friendlies. And the other two had come in the DFB Pokal, against teams from the lower divisions.
On the other hand, their counterparts were unbeaten in eight of their last eleven overall fixtures, and two of the three losses during this stint had come against Leipzig, and Leverkusen.
And on the road, they have lost just thrice since February of 2020 as well. In addition, Hoeneb’s men also do have a good h2h record against this foe in recent years.
Considering these observations, expect Hoffenheim to emerge victorious comfortably this weekend.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Betting Tips
To Win: Hoffenheim @ 1.90 (9/10)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Hoffenheim @ 1.67 (2/3).