Hoffenheim hosts Stuttgart in round 24 of the German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Friday, February 25th at PreZero Arena (Sinsheim)
In the last round, Hoffenheim again reminded us of their claims for a place in the Champions League zone. I remind you that the Blue-Whites were stronger than Wolfsburg away (1-2). It was the second consecutive victory for Hoffenheim. The winning streak replaced a streak of three consecutive defeats. Hoffenheim is currently in 5th place in the standings with 37 points. It is noteworthy that the fourth-ranked RB Leipzig also has 37 points. But the Red Bulls have better additional indicators. In the current season, Sebastian Hoeneß’s men perform well at their native stadium. In 11 home games, they scored 23 points and showed the following results: seven victories, two draws, and two losses with a goal difference of 25-12. It is noteworthy that Hoffenheim scored at least two goals against its opponents in nine out of 11 home matches.
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Stuttgart continues to show mediocre football. In the last round, the team failed to beat Bochum at home (1-1). The streak without victories continues, and now it amounts to eight matches (six losses and two draws). Of course, the position of the Swabians in the standings leaves much to be desired. They are in 17th place, and the gap to the saving 15th line is four points. Do not forget that Pellegrino Matarazzo’s men are very weak on foreign pitches in the current season. They scored only seven points in 11 away games. All the results look like this: one victory, four draws, and five defeats with a goal difference of 8-19. The Swabians managed to keep a clean sheet in only three away games.
In the first round, Stuttgart was stronger than Hoffenheim at home (3-1). Seven out of nine last head-to-head matches at PreZero Arena ended with Over 2.5 goals scored. I have little doubt that the hosts will earn three points. After all, they are much stronger at the moment. In addition, Hoffenheim is among the best teams in Germany in terms of home results (23 points were earned in 11 games). Considering that the Blue-Whites are fighting for a place in the Champions League zone, they are certainly not planning to lose points in the confrontation with the representative of the relegation zone!