Two teams with the same mixed results team up in Bundesliga to find out who gets to breathe easy during the winter break. Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen are separated by one point in the table, but while the visitors are placed on the third, Hoffenheim are on the 7th. The hosts are still not over that ghost goal Kiessling scored in 2013 that allowed Leverkusen to win with a minimal advantage.
Reinartz, Papadopoulous and Donati are all out for Leverkusen, while Calhanoglu is under doubt due to a flu virus. Jedvaj is suspended for five yellow cards and Süle from Hoffenheim is out with a torn ACL ligament. The hosts have mixed results from their last four games, alternating between a defeat and a win, the latest one against Eintracht Frankfurt. The same thing applies to Bayer Leverkusen, who have only one win in the last four matches, one defeat and two draws.
Hoffenheim is a team that does well offensively, but with massive problems at the back expect Leverkusen to find the back of the net at least once. Elyounoussi and Modeste were their best players against Frankfurt, but they don’t have a good track record against Bayer Leverkusen. Out of 12 matches they only managed to win once, there is also a draw and 10 Leverkusen wins. However, the visitors have only managed two wins in away games this season, against Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96.
In the last four matches between the two teams there have always been at least three goals scored, especially in the last one Hoffenheim won at Bay Arena with 3-2. That being said, Bayer Leverkusen are the obvious favorites for the three points, even if they know it won’t be easy. Statistic wise there is a reason why the visitors got 2.20 odds to win as opposed to Hoffenheim’s 3.20, but Leverkusen scored only one goal in the last three competitive matches.
Ladbrokes give Modeste 3.00 odds to score anytime, Szalai and Elyounoussi 3.10, Kevin Volland and Firmino both have 3.30 odds, while for Bayer Leverkusen your main picks are Kiessling with 2.62, Heung-Min 2.75 and Drmic with Bellarabi both have 2.90 odds to score anytime. Bayer Leverkusen to lead after 60 minutes 3.25 odds, Hoffenheim 3.10 and over 3.5 goals with 2.35 odds. We are going to bet 5 units on both teams to score and Leverkusen to win with 3.50 odds from Ladbrokes.
Hoffenheim: Team’s Formation
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Bayer Leverkusen to win