Hoffenheim vs Gladbach by Gustav
After seven matches without defeat in Bundesliga, five victories and just two away draws, Hoffenheim suffered 2:1 loss last weekend away to Hamburger SV. However, it must be said that the visiting players had more of the ball possession and didn't look that poor, as the game could have ended differently on some other day.
Hunt brought the home team into the lead in 25th minute, while Kramaric leveled up the result ten minutes later from the penalty kick. A bit againt the flow of the game, Hunt scored his second in 75th minute, without proper response from visiting side. Hoffenheim now remained at third position, but now having seven points less than second placed Leipzig nad just a point more than fourth placed Dortmund, surely remaining in a must win situation.
Hoffenheim will be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Wagner and Kramaric set as forwards. Midfielder Kerem Demirbay could return back following his calf injury. Important forward Sandro Wagner remains doubtful, but should be ready to play at least for some time.
Gladbach improved in their form in previous couple of weeks, as the team comes from one of rare good performances away from home against Koln last weekend celebrating 3:2 victory. It was one of more interesting matches of the round, but must be said that the visiting side completely deserved all three points this game-day, being way more concrete and dominant for all ninety minutes.
They took the lead already in 13th minute via Vestergaard, but Clemens replied back just five minutes later. Guests were even stronger in the second halftime and re-gained the lead via Traore, but Modeste leveled up again, however Stindl brought the lead to the visiting team in 80th minute. Overall, victory for players of Gladbach probably could have been earned even easier there, as they continue to be at eight position, now having just two points less than Europa League placed Freiburg.
Gladbach should continue in their usual 4-4-2 formation, with Stindl and Hazard as strikers. Guests can't count at midfielder Marcin Schulz (no performance so far), but also at defensive midfielder Christoph Kramer (21/0), midfielder Fabian Johnson (19/3), right back Tony Jantschke (22/0) and offensive midfielder Raffael (18/6) who has some chances to recover in time.
- Hoffenheim have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 home matches against Borussia M.Gladbach.
Hoffenheim will be entering this match in order to recover from a 2:1 defeat away to Hamburg last weekend and we should see them attacking from the first minute. Gladbach upped their form a bit and are now coming into this one being full of confidence, so there's no reason for them to stay at back, especially since they can't afford to drop points if they are to fight for European exit.