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Schalke vs Hoffenheim Prediction & Match Preview

Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim
Germany – Bundesliga
Date: Saturday, 9 January 2021
Kick-off at 14:30 UK/ 15:30 CET
Venue: Veltins Arena.

Schalke 04 and Hoffenheim face each other at Veltins Arena in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Saturday’s program.

Die Knappen have yet to record a win in the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign, but the game against Hoffenheim could be the turning point for the rock-bottom side.

The likes of Ludewig, Boujellab, Paciencia, and Sane are all likely to miss the game with injuries for the hosts.

Hoffenheim, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems in a 3-1 loss to Freiburg.

Since both Rudy and Akpoguma suffered injuries at the weekend, we are tempted to put our money on Schalke 04, who are desperate to give fans something to cheer about.

Even though Austria defender Stefan Posch returns from suspension for the visitors, home win should be considered this time out.

Schalke vs Hoffenheim: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Schalke 04 Hoffenheim played so far 25 matches.
Schalke 04 won 8 direct matches. Hoffenheim won 10 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.04 goals per Match.

Schalke vs Hoffenheim Prediction

Schalke 04 in actual season average scored 1.58 goals per match. In 11 (78.57%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Hoffenheim average scored 2.07 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (90.91%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (63.64%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Schalke have confirmed the loan signing of Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac, who enjoyed a five year spell at the German club between 2012 and 2017, but the visit of Hoffenheim could come too soon for the left-back to start.

Steven Skrzybski, Kilian Ludewig, Goncalo Pacienca, Benito Raman, Rabbi Matondo, Nassim Boujellab and Salif Sane are all ruled out due to injury, while Nabil Bentaleb's exclusion from the squad due to disciplinary problems appears to be ongoing despite the recent change in management.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, suffered the blow of Sebastian Rudy tearing his collateral ligament in the defeat to Freiburg, with the utility man likely to miss the rest of the season as a result.

Ermin Bicakcic, Florian Grillitsch, Kostas Stafylidis, Benjamin Hubner, Havard Nordtveit, Dennis Geiger and Kevin Akpoguma are also all ruled out of the trip to Schalke in what represents a serious injury crisis for Hoeness to deal with.

Schalke 04 possible starting lineup:
Fahrmann; Stambouli, Kabak, Nastasic, Oczipka; Mascarell, Serdar; Schopf, Uth, Harit; Hoppe

Hoffenheim possible starting lineup:
Baumann; Posch, Adams, Vogt, Sessegnon; Samassekou, Gacinovic, Baumgartner; Bebou, Belfodil, Kramaric