Hoffenheim vs Schalke by Gustav
Hoffenheim started the season well, but their home draw against Hertha might have been unexpected from their biggest fans, however the side bounced back to a winning way with a bit lucky 3:2 victory on the road against Mainz on Wednesday evening. Even though they were generally quite equal in all terms with the players of Mainz, they did got awarded for the fighting spirit towards the end of the match.
Their hosts surprised them a lot with a great start, by taking the double lead in fifth minute via Latza and sixteenth minute via goal from Muto, as the players of Hoffenheim had to work hard for complete revert of the scoreline. It was a very open game and the guests managed to level up within the first halftime via Amiri and Wagner, while Uth brought them all three points in second minute of additional time. The team is now at third position, having just two points less than first placed Dortmund and surely want a victory here.
Hosts are set to play in 3-5-2 formation with Kramaric and Wagner as forwards. Central defender Ermin Bicakcic (2/0) is injured, same as offensive midfielder Kerem Demirbay (5/0). Offensive player Robert Zulj comes from injury and will not be starting soon, while doubtful also remains forward Adam Szalai (1/0).
Schalke, on the other side, also started the new season in a decent way with three victories and two defeats (away to Hannover was their first setback), while the side couldn't do much more last Wednesday evening when they welcomed Bayern Munich and stood defeated with a 0:3 result. The Bavarians simply looked way better in every aspect of the match.
They increased the pressure in the middle of the first halftime and took the double lead via Lewandowski in 25th and Rodriguez in 29th minute, while they lowered down the tempo in second halftime, but still remained with more ball possession and chances created, sealing the victory with a goal from Vidal in 75th minute. Schalke is now at sixth position with nine points and need to revert the momentum back in order to reach the European exit after missing out the previous season.
Guests are set to play in 3-4-2-1 formation with central striker Burgstaller, plus Konoplyanka and Harit as offensive midfielders. Their manager Domenico Tedesco will not change much, as he only has offensive midfielder Alessandro Schopf (no performance so far in Bundesliga) marked as doubtful.
- Hoffenheim have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 5 home matches against Schalke.
Hoffenheim was surely lucky to get a three pointer on the road to Mainz in the last match and are coming into this one now with a boosted morale. Schalke is more than a decent side, no question about that, however Hoffenheim seems to be more fluid with the ball to their feet at the moment. With the help of their fans, they should be able to get another victory here easy or hard. I don't see Schalke answering them in a proper way in attack.