Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim 12/18/2015 Bundesliga Preview, Odds and Prediction
Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04
Friday 18th December 2015 14:30 (ET)
The Line: Schalke 04 3/5 Draw 3/1 Hoffenheim 9/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Fox Sport
With the Bundesliga about to wrap up for the winter break this will be the last Friday night action until the end of January. We have two teams here with very different agenda as Schalke are chasing a Champions League place for next season and Hoffenheim are trying to survive in the league. Schalke come into this game with three wins in their last five in all competitions but two of those victories came in the Europa League, domestically Schalke have been struggling with three losses in their last five including an away loss to Augsburg last time out. Schalke have a strong panel with players like Huntelaar, Di Santo, Choupo Moting, Geis and Sane, it's hard to say why the team is struggling but goals have been an issue this season with the forward line only contributing eight between the three of them. If Schalke are to move up the table then this must improve.
Hoffenheim come into this game with just thirteen points on the season but have managed to get six of those points in their last five games. Hoffenheim are definitely coming into some form and they have momentum behind them. Goals have also been an issue for Hoffenheim with Volland and Schmid the top scorers with four and five respectively. I think that while Hoffenheim do have some confidence I dont think they will be overly confident against a Schalke team who are generally very good at home.
The Friday night games have been good to us in the Bundesliga this season and I dont see any reason that should stop here. I'm going to take both teams to score here. Schalke have struggled defensively as as Hoffenheim and while both have also struggled to score goals I think they have better attackers than defenders here and that should tell in the end. Not a big play but one still worth taking.