Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats, and more
Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Borussia Dortmund News & Current Form:
Borussia Dortmund will long be remembered for last season, when Edin Terzic’s team had a great opportunity to break the hegemony of FC Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, but failed to win at home against FSV Mainz 05 in the last match and eventually remained in second place.
Munich won the Bundesliga for the 11th time in a row, while Dortmund were then left without Jude Bellingham, who is now tearing it up in La Liga for Real Madrid CF. It should be noted that at the end of last season Bellingham missed the end of last season due to health problems – and in the decisive round on the field also did not come out, although he seemed to be able to play, but he spent the entire match in the reserve.
During the summer transfer window the club managed to acquire Felix Nmecha, Marcel Sabitzer and Niclas Füllkrug. They immediately became main squad players and lengthened the bench. The choice of players became bigger, hence the result and good results in the domestic championship.
To compensate for the absence of such a creative player as Bellingham in attack, the coach had to bring up club veteran Marco Reus from the reserves. The 34-year-old midfielder has played nine games this season and has already scored three goals and made two assists.
Head coach Edin Terzic has revised the tactical scheme, favoring a counter attacking model. The Black and Yellows pay a lot of attention to defense, which allows them to go undefeated in the current Bundesliga season: six wins and three draws.
Now Borussia remain in the group of leaders and occupy the 4th position in the table with 21 points. BVB got five consecutive wins against SC Freiburg (4:2), VfL Wolfsburg (1:0), TSG Hoffenheim (3:1), FC Union Berlin (4:2) and SV Werder Bremen (1:0).
In the previous round, the club shared points with Eintracht Frankfurt (3:3). In the course of the match, Terzic’s team was losing 0:2 and 2:3, but still escaped defeat. However, there is some good news. Youssoufa Moukoko scored his first goal of the season. It was his 13th goal, which is a tournament record for players under 19 years old.
In the UEFA Champions League, Terzic’s strategy isn’t working. Borussia are in last place in the Group F table after two rounds. They lost away to Paris Saint-Germain (0:2) and drew the home match with AC Milan (0:0). With great difficulty the Germans manage to create dangerous moments. In the third round, the Germans beat Newcastle United FC away (1:0).
At the previous stage of the German Cup, Dortmund met with TSV Schott Mainz and beat their opponents 6:1. The hosts will fight for victory with a very strong home support of the stands. If the club can realize all their chances at other people’s gates, the guests will have big problems.
It is also impossible to get past the fact that BVB play well against the upcoming opponent – there have been victories in the past five matches. Based on all these factors, it is no surprise that the Black and Whites are the clear favorites in the upcoming match.
Hoffenheim News & Current Form:
Despite finishing 12th at the end of last season, Hoffenheim struggled with being relegated for almost all of the previous campaign. However, Pellegrino Matarazzo took charge in February and eventually led the team to triumph, thus extending the club’s 15-year stay in the top division.
After the Blues reached the Champions League for the first time in their history, finishing fourth and third in 2016-17 and 2017-18 respectively, recent years have not been so favorable to them, finishing ninth or lower in four of the following five campaigns.
In the current German league campaign, the club is looking decent, having picked up 18 points and sitting in sixth position in the table. One of the main problems of Hoffenheim is the game in defense. In the last four matches of the Bundesliga, the defenders acted extremely unreliable. The team has conceded 10 goals, with an average of 2.5 goals per game.
For sure, the coaching staff will give rest to the core players. In the German championship the club performs well, but a lot of effort has been spent, in such a situation without rotation.
During the past five matches with Borussia, the guests of the upcoming match alternate victories with defeats. Based on these statistics, they will fail in the upcoming encounter. Based on who and where the match will be played, such a development is more than likely. Let’s see how it will be in practice.
In the previous round of the German Cup, the Blues also played away and coped with a modest club VfB Lübeck (4:1). The visitors conceded a penalty in the 35th minute, after which they turned the game around, with striker Kramaric scoring a double for the winners. Despite playing in the Bundesliga since 2007, the club has never gone further than the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals, losing at this stage on seven occasions in its history.
Hoffenheim renewed the club record for the most away wins at the start of the championship when they beat VfB Stuttgart (3:2) in the last round of the German championship. Grischa Prömel, Wout Weghorst and Robert Skov scored goals for the visitors.
Thanks to this victory, the team clung to the European Cup zone, and only 3 points separate them from the top four. In addition, the club returned to the squad the main scorer Andrej Kramaric (4+1), which will noticeably add to their variation.
Borussia Dortmund form guide: W-D-W-W-W-D
Hoffenheim form guide: W-W-L-W-L-W
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Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim Head-To-Head Record:
- January 22, 2022: Hoffenheim 2 – 3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga);
- September 2, 2022: Borussia Dortmund 1 – 0 Hoffenheim (Bundesliga);
- February 25, 2023: Hoffenheim 0 – 1 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga);
- September 29, 2023: Hoffenheim 1 – 3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga).
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim Predicted XI:
Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Meyer; Meunier, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson; Ozcan, Brandt; Bynoe-Gittens, Adeyemi; Haller, Moukoko.
Hoffenheim’s possible starting lineup (3-1-4-2): Baumann; Akpoguma, Adams Szalai; Bebou, Stach, Samassekou, Becker, Bulter; Weghorst, Berisha.
Statistical preview of the match Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim:
- Borrusia’s First XI average age is 28.0 years, Hoffenheim’s First XI average age is 28.3 years.
- The total value of Dotrmund’s squad is 466 mln euros, while the squad of Hoffenheim totals 149 mln euros.
- Harm Osmers has been appointed as the center referee. The referee has already served ten games this season, showing an average of 4.8 Yellow Cards and also whistles 24.2 fouls per game.
- Borussia have not lost for seven games.
- Hoffenheim have three wins in the last five games, suffering two defeats.
- On average, 3.35 goals are scored per Borussia’s match in the domestic cup, and an average of 3.63 goals per game for the away team.
- Both teams scored in 19 of the last 20 matches with the participation of Hoffenheim in all tournaments.
What has been said before the match:
Edin Terzic about the readiness to play in the Cup game:
“In the competition, it’s not going to go anywhere for one team on Thursday. That’s what makes it so exciting. It’s a normal football game, just like every week. But there is no draw, there is a decision. After that, they had three games. Two of them were exceptionally good, especially the two away. They were probably not so happy with the game against Eintracht Frankfurt.”
“In all three games, they took the lead very early. They were there from the start, and that’s what we adjusted to. There are question marks behind some players, but as things stand, no one is definitely out for the cup match.”
The gaffer of Hoffenheim Pellegrino Matarazzo about the upcoming opponent and excitement ahead of the game:
“BVB have a high degree of individual quality. Even if Dortmund have not currently been playing free-flowing football, they have been successful. Ultimately, it’s about results. The ideal combination is success, development and attractiveness, but that’s not always possible. There are reasons why they get points.”
“I am of course very happy. It’s great when you can play in an atmosphere like that in the DFB-Pokal. We’re looking forward to a top opponent and the next opportunity to test ourselves against such a team. What makes me optimistic is that I see how much our team is willing to invest. That is the foundation. Then you always have a good chance.”
“We played a good game against Dortmund, we learned a lot from it. The way we approach the game tomorrow depends on the personnel. We have one more day of training to see a few things before I make a decision. You always need a good defensive display against Dortmund, that’s a fact.”
“For me, the appeal is great. I find it exciting that you can win a title in just a few games. We are now in the second round, our focus is on that. We also know that we are not the favorites and we need a top performance. We need a complete game. That’s the goal, and the goal is to advance one round too.”
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim Prediction:
Edin Terzic’s side appear to be in superb form at the moment – the Bumblebees are unbeaten in seven consecutive matches in all competitions (five wins + two draws). At the same time, Borussia have excellent head-to-head statistics against the Blues – in the last five head-to-head matches, Dortmund have been victorious. We believe that this time too, the hosts will be able to succeed in the main time of the match.
Hoffenheim will surely put up a worthy resistance to their more high-profile opponent, as the visiting team is also having a quality stretch of the season – they have seven wins in their last nine matches in all competitions.
Both teams play open, quality attacking football, which puts them in the top-6 of the Bundesliga. But when analyzed in more detail, it is striking to note the expected goals conceded per match for the visitors stands at 1.9, the level of relegation-threatened teams from the bottom of the table. Meanwhile, Borussia actually have scored 2.2 goals per match, whilst the aggregate total in the cup matches is equal to 3.35 goals scored. At the same time, the boys from Steinsfurt usually see goal-packed action, with an average of 3.63 takings per game. This is all very appropriately complemented by the known fact that in 19 of the last 20 matches with Hoffenheim in all tournaments both teams have scored. BVB, in turn, have exchanged goals in 9 of the last 15 games. All of the above gives us enough grounds to consider that the match will be full of scoring power pirouettes, which will lead to mutual goal-scoring and a relatively high total number of goals.
Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Both teams will score and the match total will be over 3 – Yes.