Prediction and odds for the game: Hoffenheim (Evens) v Hertha Berlin (5/2)
We are backing the draw at odds of 13/5
When: Saturday, 16th May 2020, Kick-off 14:30
Where: The PreZero Arena
On Saturday afternoon, Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin go head-to-head at the PreZero Arena, as both teams look to win their first game back after the enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The home side will look to get their challenge for a European place this season back on track in this clash. Alfred Schreuder’s team have slipped to ninth place in the table after a poor recent run of form. However, they are still just two points adrift of the European spots in the German top-flight.
The poor run of form consisted of Hoffenheim failing to win any of their five Bundesliga matches before the break in the season. A lack of clean sheets has not helped the home side’s recent results, as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine games in the German top-flight.
Hoffenheim’s home results have hindered their chances of gaining European football for next season, as the home side has won just two of their last eight Bundesliga games at the PreZero Arena. Not only that, but they have lost four of their last six league matches on home soil, conceding at least two goals in all four home defeats.
One positive heading into this game for the home side is that they are unbeaten in eight meetings with Hertha, having recorded a creditable five victories.
The Blue and Whites travel to Sinsheim still looking over their shoulders slightly nervously at the relegation spots. Although Hertha are ten points clear of the automatic relegation spots, they are just six points clear of the relegation play-off position.
Before the hiatus for the pandemic, Hertha had won just one of their previous six matches in the German top-flight. One of the biggest reasons for their poor recent league form has been their woeful defensive displays. The visitors have conceded at least twice in four of their last five league outings.
Despite their relatively poor run of form, Hertha have a solid record away from the capital, as they are five games unbeaten in the Bundesliga, having recorded three wins and two draws. Hertha’s attacking threat has been a key to their recent good away run, as they have scored at least twice in four of their last five matches on their travels. Their prolific displays have led to five of their last six league games produce over 2.5 goals.
Both teams recent form has been inconsistent in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim are poor at home, while Hertha are relatively strong on their travels. However, we don’t believe that the visitors will triumph in this one. Instead, we are backing the draw. We do believe this one will produce goals, though, so we are also backing the over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 13/5 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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