Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 14 April 2019
Kick-off: 13:30 CET
Ishak Belfodil had 10 goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances this season before last weekend’s game at Augsburg, his record was already awesome, especially keeping in mind that he had only started in 13 games, and come on as a substitute in several other matches, but that “three goals in 21 minutes” was really a career highlight. Hoffenheim took a 0-1 lead in the 6th minute (one more goal by Andrej Kramarić), Augsburg sort of stayed in the game until the 61st minute, but that was when Belfodil started writing history. By the 82nd minute, the score was at 0-4, with the Algerian having netted three times. Julian Nagelsmann’s team started this weekend sitting 7th in the table, just one point behind 6th-placed Wolfsburg. They are expected to start with Baumann, Kaderabek, Vogt, Hübner, Schulz, Amiri, Grillitsch, Demirbay, Kramaric, Szalai and Belfodil. Two guys are out, injured, Joelinton and Geiger.
A month and a half ago, Hertha Berlin were strong contenders in the race for a Europa League ticket. Four wins in a row down the road, they look… lost in mid-table, not threatened with relegation, but far from the sports that give UEFA competition tickets. Last weekend they lost again, at home, 1-2 to Fortuna Dusseldorf, who leapfrogged them in the table. Hertha were sitting 11th at the start of this weekend, on 35 points, the same they had four game weeks ago. If there are no late surprises, they will start with Jarstein, Klünter, Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt, Skjelbred, Mittelstädt, Lazaro, Kalou, Leckie and Selke. Pal Dardai cannot count on suspended Duda (their leading scorer) and Ibisevic, as well as injured Darida, Luckassen, Lustenberger, Maier and Torunarigha. Also, the day before the game, Grujic was considered doubtful.
Previous five matches:
Augsburg vs Hoffenheim 0-4
Hoffenheim vs Bayer Leverkusen 4-1
Stuttgart vs Hoffenheim 1-1
Hoffenheim vs Nurnberg 2-1
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim 3-2
Hertha Berlin vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2
RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin 5-0
Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund 2-3
Freiburg vs Hertha Berlin 2-1
Hertha Berlin vs Mainz 2-1
Hoffenheim are visiting Schalke next weekend. Hertha will be hosting Hannover (both Bundesliga matches).
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Head to head Stats
Three wins for the hosts, one for Hertha (back in 2013), and a draw, in the last five games between these two at Hoffenheim’s home.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Prediction
I would be very-very surprised if Hoffenheim didn’t win this game.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin: Betting Tips
“Hoffenheim and over 2.5 goals” is at 1.75. Pushing it a bit, “Hoffenheim and over 3.5 goals”, at 2.45, feels worth the risk to me, keeping in mind how productive the hosts have looked recently.