Prediction and odds for the game: Fortuna Dusseldorf (15/8) v Hoffenheim (11/8)
We are backing the draw at of 12/5
When: Saturday, 6th June 2020, Kick-off 14:30
Where: The Merkur Spiel Arena
On Saturday afternoon Fortuna Dussedorf host Hoffenheim in what could be a game that has big implications on the fight for survival and the last European spot in the Bundesliga.
Despite winning just one of their last five league matches, safety is within touching distance for Fortuna. Uwe Rosler’s are still in the relegation play-off spot but are now just a point behind 15th place Mainz.
In truth, Fortuna have not been in terrible form of late in the German top-flight. A 5-0 defeat at reigning champions and leaders Bayern Munich may only be a blip, as the loss ended a promising six-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga for the home team. Their recent matches in the league have been high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in six of their last eight Bundesliga games.
Fortuna have a mixed recent home record in the German top-flight. However, a record of just one win in their last six matches at the Merkur Spiel Arena is not one that would suggest they are set to escape 16th place.
However, the fact that they are unbeaten in three home games is slightly more encouraging. A 2-1 win over Schalke in their last home match ended a five-game run without a victory on home soil in the Bundesliga.
The visitors seem to have hit form just at the right time for a tilt at the European spots in the Bundesliga. Alfred Schreuder’s team are seventh place in the table, only behind sixth-place Wolfsburg courtesy of inferior goal difference.
A 1-0 win at Mainz last time out in the Bundesliga means the visitors are unbeaten in three league outings while recording back-to-back league wins. The victory at Mainz also saw Hoffenheim keep their first clean in nine Bundesliga matches.
The visitors are unbeaten in four away games in the German top-flight. However, three of those four matches have ended in draws. The win over Mainz ended a four-game winless run on their travels for Hoffenheim. Their recent away games in the Bundesliga have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven matches on their travels, including their last five league matches on the road.
Although the visitors have not always been prolific of late in the Bundesliga on their travels, they have failed to score in just one of their last 12 league games on the road.
Both these teams head into this game in decent form, that drubbing at Bayern aside for Fortuna. Hoffenheim are not great travellers and we believe this one will end in a draw. We also believe this game could be a relatively tight one, so are backing under 2.5 goals scored too.
Verdict: we are backing the draw at odds of 12/5 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 6/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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