Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 27 November 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
One thing is for sure, you don’t get bored watching a Hoffenheim game. Only one of their last twelve, in all competitions, has stayed “under 2.5 goals”. Three weeks ago they drew 2-2 at Lyon, and two weeks earlier they had drawn 3-3 with the same team at home. Just last weekend they drew 3-3 at Hertha Berlin, yet another… crazy Hoffenheim match. Three draws and a defeat have them on three points in the group, third in the table, three behind second-placed Lyon. Unfortunately for them, the 3-3 draw with the French side was at home, so if they finish level on points with them, they have a disadvantage. On the other hand, they are one point ahead of bottom-of-the-table Shakhtar Donetsk, so a win in this match will at least secure them presence in the last-32 of the Europa League.
Shakhtar are after a small miracle; on two points from four matches, they must earn at least a point in Germany, hope that Lyon lose to Manchester City, and in two weeks they’ll need to beat Lyon at home, hoping that City won’t lose to Hoffenheim in England. Complicated, confusing, so the bottom line is that mathematically, they are still in with a chance to finish second. They definitely need a… little “help” from Manchester City though, who, by the way, destroyed them 6-0 at Etihad Stadium three weeks ago. In Ukraine’s championship they have left arch-rivals Dynamo Kyiv nine points behind them (Dynamo have a game in hand though).
Previous five matches:
Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim 3-3
Hoffenheim vs Augsburg 2-1
Lyon vs Hoffenheim 2-2
Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim 1-4
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim 2-0
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lviv 0-0
Vorskla vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 2-1
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Olimpik Donetsk 3-2
Hoffenheim are hosting Schalke on Saturday (Germany Bundesliga). On Sunday, Shakhtar will be hosting Olimpik Donetsk (Ukraine championship).
Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Head to head Stats
Hoffenheim have never hosted Shakhtar before.
Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Prediction
Hoffenheim are considered favorites to win the game. Personally, I prefer to bet on goals.
Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score” is at 1.66, not particularly tempting. “Over 3.5 goals” is at 2.10, and given the… nature of both teams, I find it very probable. Hoffenheim’s win pays 1.80, but I would avoid it.