Basaksehir vs Hoffenheim by Gustav
Basaksehir got outplayed in the previous round of Europa League away to Hoffenheim 3:1 and now are in a must win situation at least to hold some chances of reaching the knockout stage later on. After three rounds played, the Turkish side has just a point and only a victory would keep some of their chances alive for the knockout stage.
It was obvious early in the first halftime that the visitors won't be able to match the opponent in offensive part of the game, as the Germans scored three once they improved the tempo of the match, with Basaksehir only reducing towards the end via Napoleoni during additional time. As for the domestic league, the side comes from a 2:1 victory at home over Akhisar Genclik Spor and currently sit at second position with three points less than leaders from Galatasaray - it wouldn't surprise a lot if they pay full attention to domestic league from this game on later in the Autumn.
Central back Aurelien Chedjou is sidelined with injury for a long time, while other central back Egemen Korkmaz comes from injury and is unfit, both without playing this season. Third central back, Manuel da Costa (2/0) is doubtful with little chances to play.
Hoffenheim, on the other side, started the group stage campaign with two defeats, but improved in previous round winning at home over Basaksehir 3:1, however the side remains in a must win position once again. Having just three points, a draw here wouldn't represent very positive outcome for the Germans.
They were better from the first minute and deserved the lead in first halftime, however the second one got much more interesting as the players of Hoffenheim upped the tempo and took the double lead within seven minutes, thanks to goals from Hubner and Amiri, scoring another one, in 75th minute via Schulz, while the Turks only reduced towards the end. They suffered ugly 1:3 defeat in front of own fans against Gladbach last weekend and are now at seventh position, still just three points less than third placed Leipzig for example.
Forward Mark Uth (9/5) is out injured for this one, same as central back Ermin Bicakcic (2/0) and forward Adam Szalai (1/0). Offensive midfielder Serge Gnabry and central back Havard Nordtveit are both doubtful for this clash missing the weekend action as well.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Hoffenheim's last 3 games (UEFA Europa League).
- Istanbul Basaksehir have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (UEFA Europa League).
Both teams will enter the match knowing that they actually need to get all three points. Having that in mind, but also that they both do better in attack than what their defensive lineups are, my first betting choice for this match will be both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.