Hoffenheim vs Hertha by Gustav
Hoffenheim managed to get their fourth consecutive victory last weekend when the team managed to impress away to Leverkusen and get a 3:0 victory. However, it must be said that probably deciding factor happened in sixth minute when the home team stood playing with a man less when Volland got excluded.
Everything was much easier for Hoffenheim from that moment on, as the team took the lead in fifteenth minute via Demirbay, adding two more in the second halftime, via Wagner and Zuber, without being specially threatened by their opponents. Hoffenheim now stands at fourth position, being in a really great momentum in Bundesliga, which might have been weakened a bit by their exclusion in the Cup game since they suffered overtime exclusion against Koln during the midweek, even though the team deserved to progress inside the ninety minutes.
Hosts should continue in their successful 3-5-2 formation with Wagner and Kramaric as forwards. They should have no fresh injury worries ahead of this match, since they only miss offensive midfielder and sometimes forward too, Mark Uth (5/3).
Hertha, on the other side, got a victory last weekend in front of own fans against Koln 2:1. Ball possession was equally shared between the teams, but the visiting side proved to be way more concrete in attack and what's most important, much better regarding the final effort.
They took the lead in 13th minute via Ibisevic and even though they were leveled up in 65th minute with a goal from Modeste, team from Berlin managed to respond better towards the end of the game and secured the victory thanks to a goal from Stark in 74th minute. Hertha is now third, with just a point less than second placed Leipzig, but also a point more than today's opponents.
Visitors from Berlin are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Ibisevic as central striker, plus Esswein, Kalou and Haraguchi as offensive midfielders. Important left full back Marvin Plattenhardt (8/0) is injured for this one and Peter Pekarik might be forced to siwtch to the left side. Offensive midfielder Valentin Stocker (5/2) is suspended, while injured remain also defensive midfielder Fabian Lustenberger (6/0), midfielder Vladimir Darida (3/1) and couple more who didn't play this season for now anyway.
- Hoffenheim have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Bundesliga).
Both teams have impressed so far in the season, but I give advantage to Hoffenheim here, since the team have shown a bit more in my eyes so far. They are known for offensive quality in front of own fans, while Hertha isn't impressive away from home for years now. Draw can't be fully excluded, but as said, my choice goes with the home team.