Hoffenheim host Borussia Dortmund at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the final game of the Bundesliga season. There’s a lot riding on the result for both teams, so it promises to be an exciting encounter.
Where and when: Rhein-Neckar-Arena – 12 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Dortmund: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Although they went behind in the first half when the teams met at the Westfalenstadion just before the winter break, Dortmund recovered to win 2-1 thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty and a late Christian Pulisic strike.
Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
This game promises to be a cracker, with Borussia Dortmund currently occupying third place in the Bundesliga, three points ahead of Hoffenheim. Die Kraichgauer are locked on 52 points with Bayer Leverkusen, while RB Leipzig are just two points back in the race for the Champions League places.
The home side go into this game knowing that only a victory will guarantee them a top four place, while Dortmund could still lose and finish third. However, if Hoffenheim put a few goals past Die Schwarzgelben and Leverkusen beat Hannover comfortably at home, Peter Stoger’s side could miss out on the Champions League next season.
If it wasn’t for that, you’d fancy Julian Nagelsmann’s side to break their 10-match winless run against Dortmund quite strongly. Hoffenheim still start the game as slight favourites in the betting though, despite losing six of their last 10 games against Die Borussen. They are 10/7, while the visitors are priced at 9/5.
As well as an opponent desperate to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition in front of their own fans, Dortmund’s chances could be further limited by a number of absences. The likes of Shinji Kagawa, Omer Toprak, Sebastian Rode and Michy Batshuayi are all injury doubts or ruled out, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is suspended.
The hosts meanwhile will be without Serge Gnabry and Dennis Geiger, while Benjamin Hubner, Kerem Demirbay and Lukas Rupp are all set to miss out too.
With Leverkusen surely set to beat Hannover, a draw won’t be enough for Hoffenheim, but it’s 3/1 in the betting. Bearing in mind their desperate need for a win, the quality in Dortmund’s attack, and the fact that only one of the last 13 fixtures between the teams has failed to see it, a both teams to score bet looks like a dead cert at 1/3.
One to watch for Hoffenheim: Mark Uth is Hoffenheim’s top scorer this season with 17 goals to his name. He’s 6/1 to open the scoring on Saturday, which is the same price as you’ll get on 12-goal Andrej Kramaric.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Marco Reus has six goals to his name since returning from injury, as he gears up for the World Cup with Germany this summer. He’s 13/2 to break the deadlock in this one.
Long shot: Dortmund have won the last two games between the sides 2-1, and a repeat of that result is 23/2. That was also the score the last time Hoffenheim beat Dortmund almost five years ago to the day and they are 43/4 to win by that margin, which would likely see both sides qualify for next season’s Champions League.