We’re pretty excited for this Hoffenheim – Bayer Leverkusen encounter, on Saturday, 14:30 GMT, a match that will bring face to face two of the most prolific strikers in the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim – Is 7th in the league, with 27 points from 18 matches, 28-23 aggregate, but I don’t see a bright future for the team Julian Nagelsmann is preparing. They’ve already lost Vagner, who left for Bayern Munchen, and will have to deal without Uth when summer breaks in. Keep in mind that the 26-years old striker is the second best German goalscorer in Bundesliga this season, with 9 goals. So do you keep the future Schalke 04 player in your starting lineup or do you go for Kramaric? One tough decision for the 30-years old coach. For now, Hoffenheim is playing almost perfectly in front of their own supporters – has just one defeat, 1-3 against ‘Gladbach, and has scored in each of their 9 Bundesliga home fixtures. Dennis Geiger and Nadiem Amiri are doubtful for the upcoming game.
Injured: Kerem Demirbay
Bayer Leverkusen – Was on a roll until the 1-3 defeat against Bayern at home. Now stands 4th in the Bundesliga, with 28 points from 18 fixtures, 35-26 aggregate. But returning to that loss against Bayern, it ended a series of 14 matches without a single defeat. Leverkusen has the best attack on away games, with 17 goals scored in 9 matches (Bayern and Dortmund also have 17, but in 10 fixtures). And Heiko Herrlich has just Vladlen Yurchenko to worry about, meaning that he’ll have a top 11 at his disposal. Even Chile international Charles Aranguiz is ready to take part in Saturday’s action.
Injured: Vladlen Yurchenko
Leverkusen scored in every away match this season and has a run of seven games on the road without defeat. With players like Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland (who will face his former squad) or Julian Brandt in your line-up, is quite hard not to play offensively. Rumors say that Uth will start for Hoffenheim, with the striker being just too good to be kept on the bench for the rest of the season. So that means that Uth (9 goals) and Volland (10 goals) will met H2H in a German goalscorers clash. In their first meeting, we saw a spectacular 2-2, with the visitors getting back on the scoresheet every time.
Prediction: goals in both halves, odds 1.55
Hoffenheim - Bayer Leverkusen