The Bundesliga game at Merkur Spiel-Arena on Saturday sees home side Fortuna Dusseldorf fighting it out with Hoffenheim. Our tips, poll and stats for Fortuna Dusseldorf v Hoffenheim can all be found here (including the best match odds).
Fortuna Dusseldorf will be looking for an improved result here after a 5-0 Bundesliga loss in their previous game against Bayern München. In that game, Fortuna Düsseldorf had 31% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Fortuna Düsseldorf was Mathias Jørgensen (15' Own goal). Bayern München had 21 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. Benjamin Pavard (29'), Robert Lewandowski (43', 50') and Alphonso Davies (52') scored for Bayern München.
It has not been often in recent games where Fortuna Dusseldorf haven’t conceded. In fact, Fortuna have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 10 goals along the way. Regardless, we must now wait to see whether such a trend shall be maintained in this game or not.
Pre-game facts show that Fortuna Dusseldorf:
- are unbeaten in the league by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their previous 3 games.
- have not registered a win against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in their last 2 league games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
Hoffenheim will go into the match following a 0-1 Bundesliga win with the downing of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in their most recent match. In that match, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had 51% possession and 12 shots on goal with 6 on target. The scorer for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim was Ihlas Bebou (43'). For their opponents, 1. FSV Mainz 05 got 19 shots on goal with 2 on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Hoffenheim have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 12 goals overall. At the back, Hoffenheim have some weaknesses to address.
Going into this contest, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are undefeated in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
The last league fixture between these clubs was Bundesliga 1 match day 13 on 30/11/2019 and the score finished Hoffenheim 1-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf. That day, Hoffenheim managed 51% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Their only player to score was Andrej Kramarić (6'). For their opponents, Fortuna Dusseldorf had 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Rouwen Hennings (87') scored. The match was refereed by Martin Petersen.
Team News: Fortuna Dusseldorf
Zackary Thomas Steffen (Knee injury), Dawid Kownacki (Knee injury), Zackary Thomas Steffen (Ligament injury) and Bernard Tekpetey (Thigh injury) aren’t available for Düsseldorf manager Uwe Rösler. Kaan Ayhan will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
It’s our opinion that Fortuna could employ a 3-5-2 formation, utilising Florian Kastenmeier, Andre Hoffmann, Kaan Ayhan, Niko Giebelmann, Matthias Zimmermann, Kevin Stöger, Valon Berisha, Erik Thommy, Markus Suttner, Kenan Karaman and Rouwen Hennings.
Team News: Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim manager Alfred Schreuder has a number of players out of action. Ermin Bicakcic (Achilles tendon injury), Jacob Bruun Larsen (Groin injury), Konstantinos Stafylidis (Muscle injury), Ishak Belfodil (Cruciate ligament injury), Sargis Adamyan (Ankle injury), Andrej Kramaric (Ankle injury) and Florian Grillitsch (Strain injury) will not be playing here.
It’s our belief that Hoffenheim appear most likely to elect for a 4-3-3 lineup, settling for Oliver Baumann, Steven Zuber, Benjamin Hübner, Stefan Posch, Pavel Kaderabek, Florian Grillitsch, Christoph Baumgartner, Sebastian Rudy, Munas Dabbur, Ihlas Bebou and Robert Skov.
We are of the inclination to think that Hoffenheim and Fortuna Dusseldorf could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here. A close call, and we think a draw is quite likely. We’re therefore anticipating a close game with a score draw at the end of the 90 minutes.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena (54,600)
Captain: Oliver Fink
Chairman: Thomas Röttgermann
Manager: Uwe Rösler
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 16
⭐ Star Man: Kenan Karaman
Normally deployed in the Left Wing position, Kenan Karaman was born in Stuttgart, Germany. After having played his first senior match for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the 2013 - 2014 season, the dangerous Forward has got 6 league goals in this Bundesliga 1 2019 - 2020 campaign so far in a total of 15 appearances.