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Match Day 13
Hoffenheim vs. Schalke 04
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.25
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Reiss Nelson (6)

Schalke 04:
Last five matches form: L D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.08
Average goals against per match: 1.42
Top Scorer: Nabil Bentaleb, Guido Burgstaller, Steven Skrzybski & Breel Embolo (2)

One of the most intriguing games on Match Day 13 in the Bundesliga comes at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena , as last seasons third placed finishers Hofenheim play host to 2017/18 runners up Schalke.

Both sides used home advantage to good effect in this fixture last season. Hoffenheim winning 2-0 here and Schalke coming out on top 2-1 in the reverse fixture.

Lukas Rupp, Nadiem Amiri and Benjamin Hübner miss out for the hosts. Schalke's absentees look to be the more significant though, with Breel Embolo, Mark Uth and Cedric Teuchert all set to be on the side-lines here.

Currently sitting in sixth position, Hoffenheim aren't quite hitting the heights of last season so far. They are however doing significantly better than Schalke who are way down in 14th headed into this game.

Hofenheim in general are a tough side to beat here having won eight of their past eleven in the Bundesliga. They do need to bounce back from disappointingly going down 3-2 to Shakhtar Donetsk here in midweek in the Champion's League though.

Following a dire start which saw them lose their opening five games, Schalke have at least begun to bounce back to haul themselves four points clear of the relegation zone. They also lost in the Champion's League in midweek when going down 3-1 at Porto. They have lost four of six games on the road in the Bundesliga so far this season.

Hoffenheim look a slightly stronger outfit than Schalke this season, aren't quite so troubled by injuries and can come out on top at home.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 2 - 1 Schalke 04


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  13 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 10
Possession: 48% - 52%

Andrej Kramaric, Ishak Belfodil and Kasim Nuhu were all booked for the home side in this one, with referee Robert Kampka also taking the names of Matija Nasatasic, Daniel Caliguri and Salif Sane of Schalke.

A very even game on the stats, with little to nothing to choose between the two sides on the night. This was certainly much better from Schalke than some of their early season form, and fans will be hoping they are now back on the right track.

Hoffenheim were having just about the better of the chances in the first half, forcing Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann into a fine double stop when breaking into the area. 0-0 at the break though.

The opener came in the 59th minute. The referee spotting a handball in the area by Haji Wright and awarding the home side the chance to take the lead from the spot. Andrej Kramaric stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and find the bottom left.

The equaliser in the 73rd minute also came from the spot. Ercim Bicakcic clipping the heels of Daniel Caliguri in the right-hand side of the area and the referee having no hesitation in awarding the penalty kick. Nabil Bentaleb calmly dispatching the ball into the bottom right.

The home side pushed for a winner in the closing stages, and had the best of the remaining half-chances in the game. They were really no more than that though as Schalke held on.

Hoffenheim will likely view this as two points dropped at home but stay in sixth spot. Solid point on the road for Schalke who move up to eleventh.

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