1899 Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund / Bundesliga – First match of this round is also a derby between two teams that are in fourth and sixth place in the table with one point more on account of the host, which is seven less than the leading duo, but only one point less than third-ranked Hertha. Hoffenheim and Borussia have the same effect at home and in the last round both teams played a draw, but Hoffenheim is holding record with eight unsolved results. But the host of this duel has no defeats in the last round, and they are the only team in the league that has not lost, which is commendable. Borussia is in a series without defeat in three matches, but this team also plays the Champions League and they are still present in the Cup from which Hoffenheim was eliminated. Last season, Borussia celebrated at home over Hoffenheim with 3-1, while their previous three matches in Sinsheim ended with a draw. Begins: 16.12.2016. – 20:30 CET
Hoffenheim has already been a great story in Bundesliga, when they were autumn champions. Now they are again in the spotlight because of the fact that they are the only undefeated team in the league. By the last round they were sharing this success with Leipzig, but now Hoffenheim is the only team that has not felt the bitterness of defeat and this is really a significant achievement in this competition. They endured in some very tough matches, as well as against Bayern away, and now they will again be at great test, against objectively the second strongest team in the league. Too many draws is what is not good in the game of this team, which is led from the bench by the youngest coach in Bundesliga, Julian Nagelsmann.
And it is of course better than defeat, but because of the eight unresolved results, they are in fourth place and the leading duo has seven points more. These unresolved results were again intensified in recent years and they played four draws in the last five rounds. In the last round they did it in Frankfurt, where no one celebrated, so Hoffenheim was in a subordinate position, and for the umpteenth time they were saved by goalkeeper Baumann for the final 0-0. Round before that they defeated Cologne with 4-0 and in relation to that composition, Rudy was not in the team, so Rupp played instead. It is difficult to say whether there will be any changes now, but it is clear that Kramaric is in a decline of form.
Probable lineups 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Sule, Vogt, B.Hubner – Kaderabek, Toljan – Polanski – Nad.Amiri, Rupp – Wagner, Uth
It becomes more and more clear that Borussia is having big problems this season when it comes to keeping their form, especially in championship matches. This team was already in crisis, but after that they started playing better and they were for a longer period in the same rhythm, but then again played one bad match and failed to celebrate. After the defeat in Frankfurt, they mastered Borusssia M'gladbach with 4-1 and then with a very brave and appealing game they played 2-2 with Real in Madrid. They were so good in attack in that match that it seemed they would master Cologne at home, but instead they were barely saved from defeat thanks to Reus in the last minute.
Otherwise, after recovering from injury, Reus is the best player of the team from Dortmund again, but he was not alone in Cologne. In that match Sokratis, Piszczek and Castro were all absent due to injuries and they are also questionable now. That is why we expect new changes in the composition and Bartram from the first minute on the position of center-back, and perhaps Rodeo in midfield, while Durm will be on the right back, and there will be no changes in attack.
Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Durm, Ginter, Bartra, Schmelzer – Weigl – Rode, Dembele, Schmelzer, Reus – Aubameyang
1899 Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund PICK
It is difficult to say whether it is time for their first defeat of Hoffenheim, especially because Borussia is also not constant and they often fail. Therefore, ii seems the most likely that we will see a lot of goals on both sides of the field in this match.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.71 at comeon (down to 1.61 can be played)