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The Bundesliga 1 match at Veltins-Arena on Saturday sees home side Schalke take to the field against opponents Hoffenheim.
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Schalke won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 3-0 Bundesliga 1 loss in their previous game against Hertha Berlin.
In that match, Schalke had 38% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. At the other end, Hertha BSC had 21 shots at goal with 9 on target. Mattéo Guendouzi (36'), Jhon Córdoba (52') and Krzysztof Piątek (80') scored for Hertha Berlin.
It has been all too rare in recent games that Schalke haven’t conceded. The reality is that Schalke have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, giving up 12 goals on the way.
Their prior results show that Schalke:
- are winless against Hoffenheim in their last 4 matches in the league.
- are without a win at home for the past 14 league games. The home fans must be at their wits' end.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Freiburg in Bundesliga 1 action, Hoffenheim and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Hoffenheim had 69% possession and 15 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Hoffenheim, the goals were scored by Kasim Adams (42' Own goal) and Ihlas Bebou (58'). On the other side, SC Freiburg got 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. Baptiste Santamaria (7') and Vincenzo Grifo (34') scored for Freiburg.
Hoffenheim have been good when going forward of late, scoring 10 goals in their previous 6 matches. Having said that, Hoffenheim can also improve defensively after being scored against in 6 of those same outings. Previous results aside, we must now wait to see if that pattern might be sustained in this upcoming game.
Heading into this fixture, Hoffenheim haven't been beaten by Schalke in away games against them for the last 2 league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head clashes going back to 23/09/2017 shows that Schalke have won 1 of these & Hoffenheim 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 2.
A combined sum of 18 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 for Schalke and 12 coming from Hoffenheim. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.
The last league contest featuring the two was Bundesliga 1 match day 25 on 07/03/2020 which ended up with the score at Schalke 1-1 Hoffenheim.
In that game, Schalke had 44% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Weston McKennie (20').
Hoffenheim got 4 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Christoph Baumgartner (69') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Sven Jablonski.
Team News: Schalke
Benito Raman (Ankle Injury), Nassim Boujellab (Facial Injury), Salif Sané (Knee Problems), Steven Skrzybski (Ligament Injury), Kilian Ludewig (Metatarsal Fracture) and Gonçalo Paciência (Knee Injury) aren’t available for Schalke gaffer Christian Gross.
Team News: Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim boss Sebastian Hoeneß has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Dennis Geiger (Muscular problems), Kevin Akpoguma (Hamstring Injury), Sebastian Rudy (Torn Collateral Ligament), Ermin Bicakcic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Florian Grillitsch (Abdominal Strain), Konstantinos Stafylidis (Shoulder Injury), Benjamin Hübner (Tear in a joint capsule) and Havard Nordtveit (Strain) won’t be making appearances.
For this match, we think that Schalke are certainly able to score a goal against this Hoffenheim team, however a single goal might not quite be as many as they will have scored against them.
We are therefore anticipating a 1-2 win for Hoffenheim at the end of the match. There looks to be little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Veltins-Arena (62,271)
Captain: Omar Mascarell
Chairman: Dr. Jens Buchta
Manager: Christian Gross
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 18, DFB-Pokal (Third Round)
🔑 Key Player: Benito Raman
Usually played in the Right Wing position, Benito Raman was born in Belgium. After having played his first senior match for KAA Gent in the 2011 - 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored 2 league goals in this Bundesliga 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 12 appearances.