Preview - Hertha Berlin vs Hoffenheim 24 November 18

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Nov 24, 2018, 07:11 AM Last Edit: Nov 24, 2018, 07:16 AM by Harry85
Match Day 12
Hertha Berlin vs. Hoffenheim
Saturday, October 24th 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Olympiastadion

Hertha Berlin: 
Last five matches form: D D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.45
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (6)

Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.18
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Reiss Nelson (6)

Its sixth versus eighth this week in the Bundesliga as Hoffenheim travel to Berlin to take on Hertha. With just the three points between the sides, the home side can go some way to erasing the gap to the top six with a win in this one.

There was absolutely nothing to split these two last season, with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw both here and in Hoffenheim.

Both sides appear to be suffering big time on the injury and suspension front. Javairo Dilrosun, Karim Rekik, Niklas Stark, Lukas Klünter, Florian Baak, Marius Gersbeck and Julius Kade are all out injured for the home side for whom Maximilian Mittelstädt is also suspended.

Florian Grillitsch, Benjamin Hübner, Dennis Geiger, Nadiem Amiri and Lukas Rupp all miss out for Hoffenheim.

There's no doubt which side arrives in the better form, for whilst Hertha are without a win in their past five in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim are seeking their fifth win on the spin here.

Hertha have lost just the once at home this season though when going down 3-0 to Red Bull Leipzig in their most recent game here. They have beaten both Bayern Munich and Borussia Moenchengladbach illustrating that they can be a very dangerous opponent on their day.

Hoffenheim have won their last three on the road, scoring three or more goals in all three games. They have however also conceded in all five of their away games to date this season.

That injury list is beginning to look pretty bad for the home side and we fancy the less injury ravaged - and in-form - Hoffenheim to pick up the points.

Prediction: Hertha Berlin 1 - 2 Hoffenheim


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  18 - 8
Shots on target: 8 - 5
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 56% - 44%

Mathew Leckie was booked for the home side in this one, with referee Tobias Welz also taking the names of Joelinton and Pavel Kaderabek of Hoffenheim.

A goal-fest in Berlin on Match Day 12 with these two sides playing out a six-goal thriller. The home side were ahead on most of the key stats, but Hoffenheim certainly made the most of the chances that they did have and looked like winning it for much of the game.

It didn't take long for the first goal to arrive here, with Hoffenheim taking the lead in the very first minute. Shoddy defending from Hertha giving the ball away in and around their own box. Slick passing from the visitors from there though ending with Adam Szalai teeing up Kerem Demirbay around twelve yards out. Nice composed finish from Demirbay into the bottom right.

After 10 minutes the visitors were two goals to the good. Route one stuff with keeper Oliver Baumann lumping the ball over the top and into the path of Andrej Kramaric. Fine smashed volleyed finish from Kramaric into the top right from the right-hand side of the area.

Just two minutes later we had our third goal of the game. This time for the hosts. Chaos ensuing in the Hoffenheim area when the ball was cut back towards the six-yard box. A first smashed effort on goal was kept out, and a second was blocked before the ball broke to Vedad Ibisevic to slot in from a couple of yards. And that's the way it stayed until half-time.

Ten minutes into the second half Hoffenheim restored their two goal advantage. Kerem Demirbay lofting a free kick into the area from deep on the left and Ermin Bicakcic rising highest to head home.

Hertha pulled one back in the 71st minute to set up a grandstand finale. A deflected cross from the right looping up and over the Hoffenheim keeper and defence to find Mathew Leckie arriving to stab home from close range.

The comeback was then completed three minutes from time. A free kick from the left being nodded out to just outside the area where it was met by Valentino Lazaro who fired a missile of a first-time volley into the top left corner. 3-3 final score.

The sides maintain their league positions with the point apiece gained seeing Hoffenheim stay sixth and Hertha eighth.

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