Hoffenheim come to this match hoping to extend their unbeaten streak. They are still beating expectations this season and the mood around the club is very good. Coach Nagelsmann should stick to a 5-man defence as it has worked quite well in recent weeks. Demirbay is the only important absence, while Vogt could be on disposal. A change to a 2-striker formation is probable, with Wagner and Kramaric. Hoffenheim should go for all 3 points in this match. They enter this match more ready and in better form than their opponents. They are usually a more attacking side when playing at home and that shouldn’t change on Saturday. A fairly aggressive approach can be expected, with Hoffenheim looking to put the guests under pressure for longer spells throughout the 90 minutes.
Köln will come to this match with plenty of squad selection problems. After Horn, Maroh, Lehmann and Bittencourt, now Höger could also be sidelined for this match. That’s 5 regular starters missing for them and Stöger will obviously need to improvise. Özcan could get a rare start in midfield, with Zoller or Hartel on the left wing. A 4-2-2-2 formation should be repeated here. Köln should probably be satisfied with a point from this match. Stöger usually has a cautious or defensive tactical approach when playing away and that probably won’t change here. Köln have been a solid counter-attacking team and are quite dangerous in dead ball situations and those should be their main weapons against Hoffenheim.
Verdict & Prediction
Hoffenheim have been surprising many people this season. Despite the many draws, they are still one of two unbeaten teams this season and that’s respectable. They should enter this match optimistic about their chances. Hoffenheim are traditionally a solid home team. The atmosphere in their stadium carries over onto the pitch and they’ll look for another spark in this match. Nagelsmann and the players have full support from people around the club and that’s very important for the current stability.
Prediction: Hoffenheim -0.50 AH (Same as Hoffenheim to win)
Odds: 2.06 SBOBET