Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04 Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04 Match Prediction

By William Hall

The Bundesliga sees two of this season's fast starters go head to head this weekend as Hoffenheim welcome Schalke to the Wirsol Rhein Neckar Arena on Saturday afternoon. Hoffenheim come into this one of the back of a 3-2 thriller away to Mainz which saw the side come from 2-0 down to win the game 3-2. A lot of confidence can be taken from the match, but they will not want to start sloppy again this weekend. Schalke were at the wrong end of a thumping on the weekend as Bayern Munich were in town. The final score finished 3-0 to the visitors in Schalke's toughest fixture of the season. Read on for a full match preview complete with all our best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

This looks as if it could be one of the more competitive games of the weekend, with both sides near the top of the table and desperate for points early on to get the edge over rivals. For me, it is hard to see Schalke travelling to Hoffenheim and getting all three points, and I have the stats to back it up. Hoffenheim have lost just one game in their last 27 at home in the Bundesliga, which is some record.

They have beaten some huge names in those 27 games with the likes of Bayern Munich twice, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia M'gladbach all being put to the sword. They have also had a lot of joy in this fixture in the past, most recently beating them 2-1 last season. Schalke with go into the game with no fear and will want to get all three points. However, with the threat Hoffenheim now have and the Wirsol Rhein Neckar Arena they have now made into a fortress, I struggle to see them beating them this weekend.

Hoffenheim to win - 23/20

Over 2.5 goals - 3/4

Hoffenheim scored over 2.5 goals in 6 out of their last 10 games played

Hoffenheim saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Schalke 04

Schalke 04 saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Hoffenheim

AVG Goals

2.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Hoffenheim Form Guide

Hoffenheim Team Logo

Hoffenheim

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
W A

03-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

10-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Wolfsburg Team Logo Wolfsburg

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

17-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team Logo Borussia Moenchengladbach

FT 3 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

31-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

FC Cologne Team Logo FC Cologne

FT 6 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

08-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hamburger SV Team Logo Hamburger SV

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

21-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

RasenBallsport Leipzig Team Logo RasenBallsport Leipzig

FT 2 - 5

(HT 0 - 3)

W H

27-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hannover 96 Team Logo Hannover 96

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

05-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

VfB Stuttgart Team Logo VfB Stuttgart

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo Borussia Dortmund

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Schalke 04 Form Guide

Schalke 04 Team Logo

Schalke 04

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
W A

09-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Mainz 05 Team Logo Mainz 05

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

17-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Wolfsburg Team Logo Wolfsburg

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

31-03-2018

1. Bundesliga

Freiburg Team Logo Freiburg

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

07-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Hamburger SV Team Logo Hamburger SV

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

15-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund Team Logo Borussia Dortmund

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

DFB Pokal

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

22-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

FC Cologne Team Logo FC Cologne

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

28-04-2018

1. Bundesliga

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team Logo Borussia Moenchengladbach

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Augsburg Team Logo Augsburg

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

12-05-2018

1. Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt Team Logo Eintracht Frankfurt

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Hoffenheim Preview

Hoffenheim will be very pleased with how the opening five games have gone. The side are still yet to taste defeat, winning three and drawing two. It isn't like they have had easy games either as they beat current champions Bayern Munich 2-0 at home. Their last game would have filled them with massive amounts of confidence after coming from two goals behind to see of Mainz away from home. It was a sloppy start which made it an uphill task for Hoffenheim, but they were able to deal with the situation to take home all three points, maintain their solid start and get up to third in the table.

Hoffenheim Team News

Hoffenheim have four players out this weekend, but the majority of them are close to return making it hard to say if they will be involved or not. Here are the list of doubts; Ermin Bicakcic (knee injury), Serge Gnabry (sprained ankle), Stefan Posch (ankle injury) and Robert Zulj (hip injury)

Schalke 04 Preview

Schalke have also had three wins this season, but have lost the other two. One of them being Bayern Munich who Hoffenheim beat earlier on. Away from in the Bundesliga has not been the best for Schalke, having won once in their last four games stretching back into last season. Nowadays, this is one of the toughest games in the season for sides with the swagger and confidence Hoffenheim play with on home soil. The thing that is letting Schalke down doing better this season is the strikers. Between the two leading men, Di Santo and Burgstaller, they have managed just one goal. This isn't the record of a so-called 'deadly partnership'.

Schalke 04 Team News

Schalke are without just one this weekend with forward Donis Avdijaj out with an ankle injury. A return to action for the player is yet to be confirmed.

Hoffenheim Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Schalke 04 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04 Sidelined Players

Hoffenheim
4 Ermin Bicakcic Injured
38 Stefan Posch Injured
10 Kerem Demirbay Injured
20 Robert Zulj Injured
28 Adam Szalai Injured
Schalke 04

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Oliver Baumann 186 82
22 CD Kevin Vogt 194 85
21 CD Benjamin Huebner 193 85
6 CD Haavard Nordtveit 188 83
18 CM Nadiem Amiri 180 73
17 RM Steven Zuber 181 81
29 AM Serge Gnabry 173 73
27 AM Andrej Kramaric 177 73
32 CM Dennis Geiger 172 65
3 LM Pavel Kaderabek 182 81
19 CF Mark Uth 185 72
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Ralf Faehrmann 196 95
5 CD Matija Nastasic 187 83
29 CD Naldo 198 89
20 CD Thilo Kehrer 186 72
11 RM Yevheniy Konoplyanka 176 69
17 CM Benjamin Stambouli 180 75
2 CM Weston McKennie 185 84
18 LM Daniel Caligiuri 186 81
9 CF Franco Di Santo 194 88
7 LF Max Meyer 173 68
25 RF Amine Harit 179 66