Hoffenheim – Dortmund SOCCER PICKS
Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund meet at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, in a match for the 4th round of the Bundesliga. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 4 draws in the last 5 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 12-05-2018, in a match for the Bundesliga which ended with the victory of Hoffenheim by (3-1). The goals of the match were scored by A. Kramarić (26 ‘), Á. Szalai (63 ‘) and P. Kadeřábek (73’), for Hoffenheim, and M. Reus (58 ‘), for Borussia Dortmund. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Hoffenheim presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
After 1 win and 2 losses, the home team is currently in the 11 th position, with 3 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Fortuna Düsseldorf by (2-1), after in the previous match they have won (3-1) at home, against Freiburg. 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, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 27 goals scored and 29 conceded; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 47 goals scored and 17 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Shakhtar Donetsk by (2-2). In the last 10 home matches Hoffenheim has won 8 and tied 2. The away team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored consistently , as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 16 of the last 23 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals.
The Hoffenheim is a recent club that has not yet managed to win the title of the Bundesliga (German Championship), having as its best campaign the fourth and third place reached in the last two seasons. In the last season, the team made a good campaign in the Bundesliga and finished in third place, thus achieving the qualification for the group stage of the Champions League, but in this season is having a somewhat irregular start of the championship, because he conquered only three of the nine points played so far, being in the middle of the table. In the last five games that Hoffenheim played at home, if we only count the games for the German championship, they scored one or more goals in the first half in four of them. We believe that in this match Hoffenheim, for playing at home, will start for the attack and will have to score goals.
After 2 wins and 1 draw, the away team is currently in the 2 nd position, with 7 points won. In the last match, they have won at home against Eintracht Frankfurt by (3-1), after in the previous match they have tied tied in an away match against Hannover 96, by (0-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 31 goals scored and 17 conceded. In their last match, for the UEFA Champions League, they got an away win against Bruges by (0-1). Borussia Dortmund has won 6, tied 3 and lost 1 of the last 10 away matches. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have won the first leg in 3. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they scored 11 of their 29 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘ ).
Borussia Dortmund is a club that has already won eight Bundesliga titles (German Championship), the last of which was won in the 2011/12 season, and the club has already won a Champions League title, 1996/97. In the last season of the Bundesliga, the team finished the championship in fourth place. Now, in this new season of 2018/19, at the end of three days, Borussia Dortmund is in second place in the Bundesliga, having achieved two expressive victories at home and 0-0 away from home. As Borussia Dortmund visits Hoffenheim’s home ground, a team that has shown to be quite strong, we expect a great game, with goals in the first half.