Hoffenheim is hosting Hertha BSC at PreZero Arena in round 10 of the German Bundesliga. Hoffenheim is playing hot and cold this season, they are scoring goals, but they are struggling on the defensive end. Hertha has managed to connect 3 wins in a row, and they are filled with confidence right now.
After losing to Bayern in Bundesliga last weekend, Hoffenheim was playing in the DFB Pokal earlier this week, and they have won that game, which brought some of their confidence back. in that game against Bayern, Hoffenheim was suffering, as many teams to against Bayern. Hoffenheim has had 39% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 77% of the correct passes. Hoffenheim has had some good moments, but nothing was good enough to threaten Bayern. The final score was 4-0 in favor of Bayern Munich. The injuries are a big problem for Hoffenheim, and pretty much all the players on the injury list would have been in the starting lineup. Baumgartner and Bruun Larsen have each scored 3 goals for Hoffenheim, while Kramaric added 6 assists. The schedule is good for Hoffenheim over the next few weeks, but they need to get their defense in order, and it must happen fast.
As I’ve mentioned, Hertha is now on a 3-game winning streak, while they won 5 of their last 7 games. During this 3-game streak, Hertha has scored 6 goals while conceding only 2, and these are clear signs of improvement. Thanks to this run, Hertha has climbed to 10th place with 12 points, 11 scored goals, and 21 conceded goals, which makes them the second-worst defensive team in the league. Ekkelenkamp, Richter, and Serdar are the leading goalscorers for Hertha with 2 goals each. In their last Bundesliga game against Borussia M’gladbach, Hertha was decent with 42% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 71% of the correct passes. Hertha has scored in the 40th minute, and the result hasn’t changed again. I don’t think Hertha can stay on this run for much longer, but it’s good to see them improving, and if they keep going in this direction, I think we can expect more from this team in the future.
Hoffenheim has 3 home wins in a row, while Hertha is on a 3-game winning streak. I would say Hoffenheim has more quality, and I think they are playing better soccer overall, and they are at home in this game. I don’t think Hertha can go 4 games undefeated, and for that reason, I’m siding with Hoffenheim.