16 May 2020 live
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin – Bundesliga Match Preview, Kick-Off Time & Match Prediction
Finally, the long-awaited return of the Bundesliga is here after the suspension and an imposed lock-down due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic in all of Europe. This Saturday Hertha Berlin will go visiting Hoffenheim at home for their 26th league appearance of the season.
Coming off a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen in their last match, Hertha Berlin will be looking for a victory to go back to winning ways. They have only one victory in their last six Bundesliga matches, DLWLDD and are 13th on the Bundesliga table with 7W, 7D and 11L in 25 league appearances. The German side has earned only 28 points from those appearances. It’s likely we will see one goal from Berlin thanks to an average of 1.3 goals per game. So far, they have only 32 goals this season. Coach, Bruno Labbadia will likely use a 4-1-3-2 formation against Hoffenheim with twenty-two years old Belgian, Dodi Lukébakio in the attack. Dodi has scored 5 goals for Hertha Berlin so far this season.
Meanwhile, Hoffenheim will be playing at home but won’t enjoy the support of their home fans at their home ground; the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. The home fans won’t be allowed into the stadium as a measure to further curb the spread of the deadly Corona virus. This will also be Hoffenheim’s 26th league appearances of the season. The German Bundesliga club are 9th on the league table and have only one victory in their last six games; WLLDLD. Hoffenheim has 10W, 5D and 10L in 25 league appearances. With 35 goals for and 43 goals against them, they remain with a -8GD this season. We can expect coach Alfred Schreuder of Hoffenheim to play with a conventional 4-3-3 formation against Hertha Berlin. Andrej Kramaric who has 7 goals and 2 assists will be looking to stretch his tally on Saturday.
The first leg of this match was in October, 2019 and it ended in a 3-2 victory for Hoffenheim. Before then, they met on the 14th of April, 2019. That also ended in a 2-0 victory for Hoffenheim.
Both teams are well rested and should have no major injury or fitness worries when they return for this fixture after several weeks of in-activity.
A 1-1 draw is predicted at the end of the game on Saturday.
Date: Saturday, 16th of May, 2020.
Kick-off time: 2:30 GMT (Local Time).
Match Day: 26.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 13:30.
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