Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen meet at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, in a match for the 19th round of the Bundesliga. The two teams tied (2-2), on 26-08-2017, in the previous match for this edition of the league. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the visiting team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 03-03-2017, in the Bundesliga, which ended in a Hoffenheim victory by (1-0). The only goal of the game was scored by S. Wagner (62 ‘). In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Hoffenheim presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 27 points won, after 7 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Borussia Dortmund, by (2-1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Werder Bremen, by (1-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 19 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 26 goals scored and 15 conceded. For the league, Hoffenheim won 18 points out of 27 possible points, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 9 home matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (5 out of 9 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 6 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 18 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Entering the qualification zone, this is Hoffenheim’s goal for this championship sequence, but he knows that he will only achieve his goal if he achieves a regularity of good results from now on. The home team will have a complicated game on this day, as they will face a very well organized team and that has been presenting good football within the field. On the last day the home team managed a draw away from home against Werder Bremen, which can be considered a good result, because it acted far from their domains. The coach must take the field to a fairly competitive team that will fight for a positive result.
After 7 wins, 7 draws and 4 losses, the away team is currently in the 6 th position of the league, with 28 points won. In the last match, they have lost at home against Bayern München by (1-3), after in the previous match they have tied tied in an away match against Hannover 96, by (4-4). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses as a visitor. against 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. In the last match that they played, for the Friendlies, they tied with Sportfreunde Lotte at home (1-1). In their last away match, for DFB Pokal, they won by (0-1) against Borussia M’gladbach. In the last 9 away league matches Bayer Leverkusen has a record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 12 points out of 27 possible.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 6 away matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 9 matches for this competition have ended with Over 1,5 goals. In 18 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
At the moment the Bayer Leverkusen is within the zone of qualification for Liga Europe, but has the objective to fight to finish between the three first classified ones. The visiting team comes for this game with the purpose of looking for at least one point acting outside the home, because they know that beating this game will be a very complicated task. The team must make strong defensive markings and try to go on counterattacks to score and try to decide the game. On the last day Bayer Leverkusen ended up being beaten at home by Bayern Munich by the 3×2 score. The coach must not have important absences for this game.
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