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Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
28 February 2020
Saturday 29 February
PreZero Arena – Bundesliga
Hoffenheim are going through a rough spell at the moment and it won’t get any easier when they host Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday. The home side are falling behind the top six because of a downturn in form lately and Die Roten arrive with only the title on their mind.
The last few games between these two sides have been very entertaining. Their last meeting came in the DFB-Pokal at the Allianz-Arena, and ended in a 4-3 win for Bayern. Munas Dabbur scored a brace at the end and threatened to turn the game around after Hoffenheim went 4-1 down in the middle of the second half. Bayern protected their lead though to claim the three points for the 16th time in 24 matches against the Kraichgauer. Hoffenheim have only won three times against Die Roten but all of those victories have come during their last seven meetings in all competitions – including their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture back in October.
Hoffenheim lost Munas Dabbur to a knee injury last weekend and are sweating over the centre-forward’s fitness ahead of this match. He will most likely be out for a while and joins Sargis Adamyan and Andrej Kramaric on the list of new additions to Hoffenheim’s injury list. They were already without Ilkay Elmkies and Alexander Stolz and are still waiting for long-term absentee Ishak Belfodil, who underwent knee surgery in October.
Leon Goretzka picked up a muscular injury last week and joins Ivan Perisic on the treatment table. The Inter loanee has been out since early February and is expected back mid-March. Niklas Süle looks to be in line to come back at the end of April and could participate during the last month of the campaign.
Hoffenheims vs. Bayern Munich Preview and Predictions
Hoffenheim are currently two points behind sixth-placed Schalke and still in with a shout in the battle for a place in Europe next term. They will need to turn around their current form though, as the home side haven’t picked up a win since their home game against Bayer Leverkusen on 1 February. A draw against Bayern this weekend can be backed at 5.90, whilst Hoffenheim stand at 8.00 to win the game.
They have been struggling at home though, with that win against Leverkusen the only one in their five most recent games at the PreZero Arena. They must improve their form at home to remain a contender for the Europa League next term.
Bayern are back in form as Hansi Flick has lifted the mood in Bavaria, having replaced Nico Kovacs during the first half of the campaign. They are currently on an unbeaten run of nine games in the Bundesliga. Bayern may be backed at 1.33 to pick up another three points, and will count on Robert Lewandowski to fire them towards another title this campaign.
The Poland international has bagged 25 goals in 23 games so far to average more than a goal a game, but the problem for the Bavarians has been to find goals elsewhere. Serge Gnabry has scored 10 in 21 appearances, but the next on the list is Philippe Coutinho on six.
Despite relying on Lewandowski to put away the chances, they head into this game on the back of 15 goals in their last five league games. Die Roten are looking to protect their lead at the top of the table, with RB Leipzig only one point behind and Borussia Dortmund another four behind them.
Bayern to win and both teams to score at 2.20
Both teams have scored in Hoffenheim’s last nine home games at the PreZero Arena, while FC Bayern arrive after winning three out of their last five without keeping a clean sheet.
Bayern to win the first half at 1.66
Bayern have a habit of killing games off early in recent weeks, before giving the opposition a chance to get a consolation goal. They usually score the first goal and are expected to be in the lead at half time against Hoffenheim. Bayern have won 12 of their 23 first halves and six of 11 away from home this term.