Hoffenheim welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon. After the teams finished level on points last season, we could be in for a tight game this weekend.
Where and when: Rhein-Neckar-Arena – 22 September, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Hoffenheim were 3-1 winners in this fixture last season, with Andrej Kramaric, Adam Szalai and Pavel Kaderabek on target for the hosts.
Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
These two teams both ended last season on 55 points, with goal difference handing Hoffenheim third place over Dortmund. Die Borussen snuck into the Champions League after edging out Bayer Leverkusen thanks to their goals record, and they’re hoping for a better campaign this time round. This will be a tough game for the visitors though.
With that said, Hoffenheim haven’t made a great start to the new season. They suffered an expected defeat at Bayern Munich in their first game, and were comfortable winners against Freiburg in their second. However, Die Kraichgauer lost 2-1 at newly-promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf last weekend. Julian Nagelsmann thought Reiss Nelson had rescued a point with just a few minutes left on the clock, only for his team to concede a penalty moments later.
Dortmund, meanwhile, recovered from their disappointing draw at Hannover to win 3-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night, although they left it late themselves after their visitors equalised with just over 20 minutes remaining. Lucien Favre will be pleased that Paco Alcacer made a scoring contribution from the bench, with Marco Reus and Maximilian Philipp failing to find the net.
|Dortmund to win and BTTS||14/5||Offer|
|Hoffenheim to win 3-1||19/1||Offer|
|Kramaric to score first||11/2||Offer|
The Dortmund boss is likely to shuffle his pack once again, with Jacob Brunn Larsen expected to miss out after picking up an injury on Friday. Christian Pulisic is also a doubt along with Thomas Delaney, while Omer Toprak misses out. For the hosts, Ermin Bicakcic, Kerem Demirbay and Kevin Akpoguma should all return, while Benjamin Hubner, Florian Grillitsch, Kasim Adams Nuhu and Kevin Vogt are all doubts.
With Dennis Geiger, Lukas Rupp and Nadiem Amiri all on the treatment table for the hosts too, Hoffenheim don’t look such a good bet at 19/10 for the win. Dortmund are available at 77/50, while the draw’s priced at 14/5.
One to watch for Hoffenheim: Andrej Kramaric has one goal in two games so far, as he builds up his fitness following his exploits with Croatia over the summer. He opened the scoring in this fixture last season and is 11/2 to do the same once again.
One to watch for Dortmund: Marco Reus is also 11/2 for the first goal, and he also netted in this fixture last term. He only has one goal in three games so far this term, but with more goalscoring onus on him, he’ll be desperate to add to that on Saturday.
Long shot: Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last five home games against Dortmund, although four of those matches ended all square. Still, Die Kraichgauer beat Der BVB 3-1 in their most recent meeting, and won by the same scoreline in their only other home game so far. Hoffenheim are 19/1 to win this one 3-1.