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1899 Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC 14.04.2019 – Bundesliga

1899 Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC / Bundesliga – The first Sunday’s match of the 29th round puts together two teams that are in different positions. Hoffenheim fights to reach Europe and right now it occupies the 7th place, meaning they have to overtake at least one rival if they want to reach the Europa League. Hertha is positioned around mid-table and they have no imperative by the end of season. The home team is in much better shape, while their match played in Berlin in the first part of season ended as 3-3 draw.

1899 Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC begins 14.04.2019 at 13:30 CET

1899 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim’s unbeaten streak is four matches long but they are doing well practically form the beginning of second part of season. They already had a series of positive results before unlucky defeat in Frankfurt when they conceded two goals in the very finish of match and after lead of 2-1. After that Hoffenheim struggled to defeat feeble Nurnberg and then it only drew away with Stuttgart, another team that struggles to survive.

However, in two previous rounds Hoffenheim showed its full strength and won both times by four scored goals. They won at home direct competitor in the race for the Europa League, Bayer Leverkusen by 4-1, while in the previous round they won away Augsburg 4-0. Kramaric again made the first dent in opponent’s armour early on and then Belfodil finished Augsburg with three goals scored in the second half. The same duo shined against Bayer too, while now the same team that faced Augsburg goes on the pitch.

Probable lineups 1899 Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kaderabek, Vogt, B. Hubner, N. Schulz – Grillitsch – Demirbay, Amiri – Kramaric – Szalai, Belfodil

Hertha BSC

It seems that Hertha gave up from any race this season and at the end it will be positioned around mid-table, which was roughly expected given individual qualify of the team from Berlin. A hope had existed that they can join race for the Europa League but current four-game losing streak has extinguished it. Three out of four defeats were minimal, or more precisely with one-goal difference, but they suffered a true debacle in Leipzig of even 5-0. The defeat that happened two rounds ago has shaken them thoroughly and in the previous round Hertha loses to Fortuna 2-1.

They reverted in the match to formation with four defenders while Lustenberger didn’t play. Skjelbred and Leckie joined the team but nothing helped and they lost to Fortuna. It is clear that manager Dardai will make new changes and now we expect to see Klutner at the right flank, and Plattenhardt on the left one. Mittelstadt will be positioned more forward as Duda is suspended due to accrued yellow cards, while Grujic is injured.

Probable lineups Hertha BSC: Jarstein – Klutner, Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt – Skjelbred, Mittelstadt – Lazaro, Kalou, Leckie – Selke

1899 Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC PICK

Hoffenheim is in very good shape; it scores with ease and we expect from them recognisable offensive football. Hertha is in crisis and lacks motive, which is why we don’t give it much chances in this match.

Pick: Asian handicap -1 Hoffenheim

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 1.65 at betsson (down to 1.56 can be played)

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