Match PreviewBorussia Dortmund will travel to face Hoffenheim on Friday, looking to revitalize their inconsistent Bundesliga campaign.
Thomas Tuchel's men were held to a 1-1 draw against FC Cologne last weekend. The Yellow Armies have now drawn their two league matches in a row, and they are currently in the sixth position of the league standings with 25 points.
Hoffenheim, on the other hand, is in a phenomenal form as they haven't lost a single Bundesliga match this season. With 26 points credited to them, the home side resides in the fourth place on the league table.
In six previous encounters between these teams, Dortmund won four of them, while remaining two matches ended as a draw.
Team News: HoffenheimNo concerns of injury resides on Julian Nagelsmann's team. Attacker Andrej Kramaric is likely to pair up with Sandro Wagner up-front in order to unlock Borussia Dortmund's defense.
Nagelsmann is likely to field his players in a 3-5-2 formation, which has brought tremendous success for Hoffenheim this season.
Hoffenheim: Predicted Line-up (3-5-2)
Baumann - Sule, Vogt, Hubner - Polanski, Toljan, Amiri, Rupp, Kadera - Wagner, Kramaric
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
Manager Thomas Tuchel is slightly worried about the fact that injury problems have kept many of his players on sidelines.
Sven Bender will be unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury. On top of that, Neven Subotic and Erik Durm are declared unfit to play due to their ribs and knee injuries, respectively.
Mario Gotze is also ruled out of the match because of his knee injury and Shinji Kagawa and Raphael Guerreiro are doubtful to start the match.
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is Bundesliga's top goal scorer with 15 goals at this stage, is likely to be a key player for the away side.
Winger Marco Reus scored an important goal in the 1-1 draw against Cologne. He definitely can amplify Dortmund's attacking display in the coming match as well.
Borussia Dortmund: Predicted Line-up (3-4-2-1)
Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Ginter, Papastathoupoulos - Schmelzer, Castro, Durm, Weigl - Reus, Dembele - Aubameyang,
Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-HeadTotal games: 18Hoffenheim wins: 4Borussia Dortmund wins: 8Draws: 6
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund: TV Schedule and ChannelIn the U.S., the match will be live on Fox Soccer 2GO USA, Fox Sports GO, GOLTV USA, Fox Sports 1 USA, and GolTV Espanol. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found at the link here.
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund: Prediction
Hoffenheim looks in good shape at the moment. The home side certainly will look to add another victory when they welcome Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
Borussia Dortmund is struggling to get good results right now as they have drawn their last three matches in all competitions. Thomas Tuchel's men must win this fixture if they are to bid for Bundesliga title this season.
If we have to predict a winner, Borussia Dortmund might clinch a narrow victory in this nerve-wracking contest.
Final Predicted Score: Hoffenheim 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund: Betting Tips and Odds
- Hoffenheim win: 3/1
- A draw: 14/5
- Borussia Dortmund win: 4/6
- Under 2.5 goals: 13/8
- Over 2.5 goals: 4/9
- Both teams score: 1/2
- Both teams fail to score: 4/6
Key Stats to consider
- Hoffenheim is the only undefeated team in Bundesliga this season.
- Hoffenheim hasn't won their last six matches against Dortmund in all competitions.
- Dortmund won eight of their previous 18 encounters against Hoffenheim in all competitions.
- Dortmund has lost three of their 14 Bundesliga matches this season.
- Dortmund has drawn their last two away trip to Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim vs. Dortmund: Watch Live Stream Online FreeThe match can be streamed live online by clicking on this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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