Hoffenheim vs Dortmund by Gustav
Hoffenheim did well to walk away with a point on the road against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, as the match remained a goalless one for the whole ninety minutes. They had more of the ball possession, but except that, barely made anything upfront, while the players from Frankfurt were obviously more concrete out of these two sides.
Home team remained playing with a man less in last ten minutes of the game, however without visitors being able to change the things around. Still, Hoffenheim remained undefeated in the league, being now only team without a loss with a record of six victories and eight draws, standing currently at fourth position with twenty-six points earned which is six less than leading duo from Bayern Munich and Leipzig.
Home team will miss midfielder Demirbay (9/3), while other midfielder Rudy (13/0) remains doubtful. Defender Kaderabek had some problems during the week, but should be playing here.
Dortmund, on the other side, continues to have problems making their consecutive victories and establishing permanent form, as the team comes from only a 1:1 draw on the road against Koln. Even though they were better for the most of the game, it must be said that they should feel satisfied with a point taken since it came for them only in the last minutes of the match.
Koln took the lead in 28th minute with a goal from Rudnevs and from that moment on, they completely switched to defensive tactics, trying to stay behind the ball, threaten on counter attacks and keep the lead. Dortmund dominated but only managed to level up the result with a goal from Reus in last moments. The team is now at sixth position, having just two points less than third placed Hertha and aiming a victory here for sure.
Visitors will be playing without goalkeeper Burki (10/0), but also defenders Papatathopoulos (12/0), Subotic (0/0), Piszczek (12/3), Guerreiro (8/2), midfielders Sahin (1/0), Rode (11/1) and Castro (12/2).
Hoffenheim remains one of the most pleasant surprises of the season and will surely be trying to get a victory here, while Dortmund, with the position they have now, every game is a must win for them. I expect an overall very open match, with both teams attacking and searching for a three pointer, something that should easily result in over goals here, maybe even after the first halftime.