Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 9 February 2019
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Borussia Dortmund didn’t have one, two or three, but four players missing midweek’s DFB Pokal match against Werder Bremen due to illness. That definitely affected the team, and played a role in producing one of the biggest surprises of the tournament this season, as Werder qualified, winning on penalties, after a 3-3 draw. If that weren’t enough, Marco Reus got injured and had to leave the pitch at halftime. On Friday, he told reporters he couldn’t know for sure if he’d be ready to play against Hoffenheim. Bürki, Piszczek, Weigl, Diallo, Hakimi, Witsel, Dahoud, Sancho, Reus, Guerreiro and Alcacer, these should be the first 11, if Reus recovers on time. The day before the game, Balerdi, Hitz and Schmelzer were considered doubtful. Akanji and Delaney are definitely out (the former is injured, the latter suspended. Dortmund are leading, seven points ahead of Gladbach and Bayern.
Hoffenheim had a really disappointing result last weekend, drawing 1-1 at home with Fortuna Dusseldorf, Julian Nagelsmann’s team had just beaten Freiburg 2-4 away from home, their first win since early November in the Bundesliga, they should have built on that victory, but… things just didn’t work out for them. Baumann, Posch, Vogt, Hübner, Kaderabek, Geiger, Grillitsch, Demirbay, Schulz, Kramaric and Joelinton, these should be the first 11. Adams was considered doubtful the day before the match. Rupp is definitely out, injured, and Ribeiro is still on national duty (South American U20 Championship).
Previous five matches:
Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen 3-3
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund 1-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 5-1
RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund 0-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1
Hoffenheim vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1
Freiburg vs Hoffenheim 2-4
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich 1-3
Hoffenheim vs Mainz 1-1
Werder Bremen vs Hoffenheim 1-1
Dortmund’s next game is on Wednesday, at Tottenham (Champions League). Hoffenheim are hosting Hannover next weekend (Bundesliga).
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim: Head to head Stats
Dortmund have six wins in a row at home over Hoffenheim, even though one of those matches was in the Cup, the 90 minutes ended in a 2-2 draw, and Borussia won 3-2 in extra-time.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim: Prediction
Hoffenheim had a whole week to get ready for this match, and are not dealing with major injury issues. Dortmund played 120 minutes on Wednesday, and are missing players. I’m tempted to back the visitors to earn a point.
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim: Betting Tips
Hoffenheim’s double chance is at 2.22. For more than that, I would risk with the same, combined with “over 1.5”, at 2.55.