Schalke vs Hoffenheim
Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019
Kick-Off 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Hoffenheim made it three wins on the spin last Sunday when they eased past Hertha 2-0 in front of the home crowd at PreZero Arena in Sinsheim. The winning thread helped them climb up to 6th place in the league ladder and gave them a glimmer of hope they can potentially secure the Champions League football for next season.
Die Kraichgauer are now just five points shy of 4th-placed Eintracht Frankfurt who shockingly slipped up at home against Augsburg last weekend. They will clearly be highly motivated to keep the ball rolling and win fourth successive match in the league on Saturday evening against struggling Schalke away at VELTINS-Arena.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Head-to-head
Teams have eight wins apiece ahead of their 23rd head to head meeting.
They shared spoils in a 1-1 draw when they locked horns in the first half of the season back in early-December last year in Sinsheim.
Both teams found the back of the net in five of past six head to head affairs.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Prediction
Schalke had an underwhelming campaign in this term of Bundesliga. They will even be happy to save the elite class status given Die Konigsblauen sit just six points above relegation play-offs and the position currently held by Stuttgart.
Hosts tried with several managerial replacements so far in the season, but none actually brought results. They are currently managed by Huub Stevens who took charge last month. The team still has massive problems with the lack of creativity in the final third.
Die Konigsblauen scored three goals in past four games in all competitions which is too weak for German Bundesliga standards. They lost five, drew one and won one of past seven league outings.
Given they will be up against a red-hot opposition which won four and drew one of last five Bundesliga ties, we have to fancy the 1.85 odds offered for the away win pick here.
Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Bet Tips
Hoffenheim to win @ 1.85 (17/20)
Hoffenheim to keep a clean sheet @ 3.50 (5/2).