Hoffenheim hosts Borussia Dortmund in round 20 of the German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at PreZero Arena (Sinsheim)
In the last round, Hoffenheim once again allowed football fans to make sure that it is a home team. The Blue-Whites lost to Union Berlin in the capital of Germany (2-1). By the way, that defeat became the second in the last five away games. And it led to the fact that Hoffenheim dropped to 4th place in the standings (31 points scored). I remind you that earlier the club was located in the 3rd position. Be that as it may, one can get into the Champions League group even from the 4th line. Hoffenheim is a productive team. It scored 39 goals in 19 matches. Only Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayern Munich score more in Germany. Hoeneß’s men have very solid results at their native stadium: six victories, two draws, and one defeat with a goal difference of 21-9.
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A week ago, Borussia Dortmund players showed that they are in great shape. The men of Marco Rose hammered Freiburg at home (5-1). Haaland and Meunier scored two goals each. Moreover, the Norwegian scored 15 goals in 13 league matches. The Black and Yellows confidently occupy the 2nd position in the standings. In 19 matches, they put 40 points into their piggy bank. The gap from 3rd place is eight points, and the leader is six points ahead. In total, Borussia Dortmund scored 49 goals and conceded 29 times. On average, 4.1 goals are scored per one game with their participation. In 16 matches, the fans saw goals in both nets. The weak side of Borussia Dortmund is their away performances. Only 13 points were earned in nine away games: four victories, one draw, and four losses with a goal difference of 18-16.
In the first round, the teams staged a goal shootout in Dortmund, and Borussia won with a score of 3-2. Eight out of nine previous head-to-head matches at PreZero Arena have ended with an exchange of goals scored. AS for the upcoming game, the hosts will certainly try to make amends for the defeat to Union Berlin. The only way to do this is to win. Beyond that, Hoffenheim needs a victory to remain in the Champions League zone. The Blue-Whites usually look quite confident at their native stadium, so they will definitely be able to create problems for Borussia Dortmund. Moreover, the Black and Yellows regularly fail away matches in the current season. It seems to me that we should wait for a lot of goals. Both teams are productive, so I risk betting that both the hosts and the visitors will score more than once.