Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim 09 February 19

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Match Day 21
Borussia Dortmund vs. Hoffenheim
Saturday, February 9th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.55
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Marco Reus (13)

Last five matches form: D D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Andrej Kramarić (9)

League leaders Borussia Dortmund have had a couple of minor blips of late, but no side has really been able to take full advantage and Lucien Favre's men remain seven points clear at the top of the table. Next up its this home clash against eighth placed Hoffenheim who themselves are chasing points in their pursuit of the European positions.

There was nothing to split the sides in their clash earlier in the season, with the game in Hoffenheim finishing up in a 1-1 draw. Dortmund won this game 2-1 last season, courtesy of a winner in the 89th minute.

Dortmund will be without the injured Manuel Akanji and the suspended Thomas Delaney. Lukas Rupp, Kasim Adams and Kevin Vogt all miss out for Hoffenheim.

Borussia may have lost their unbeaten record in the league recently, but they are yet to taste defeat here this season, winning nine and drawing one of the ten games in front of their own fans, averaging a whopping 3.40 goals per game. They will be strongly fancied to pick up the points in this one.

Hoffenheim have incredibly drawn seven of their last nine games in Bundesliga. They will likely need something close to their best performance of the season if they are to get anything in this one though. Having said that they have been good away from home of late, going unbeaten in seven and hitting three or more goals in five of those games.

Games don't always go to plan, but this one really does look to have goals written all over it. We will take the home side to come out on top in a thriller.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 4 - 2 Hoffenheim


Half time:  2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  16 - 14
Shots on target: 7 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 8
Possession: 59% - 41%

Three bookings in this one, all for the away side with referee Marco Fritz taking the names of Florian Grillitsch, Kerme Demirbay and Dennis Geiger.

This looked to be going almost entirely to plan for the home side who had this game all sewn up. A late rally from Hoffenheim to salvage a point stunned the Westfalenstadion though. Will these dropped points probe costly?

Dortmund struck first in the 32nd minute. Lukasz Piszczek slipping in Jadon Sancho in the right of the area, the angle looked to be closing down on him but the England man finished really well across the keeper and into the bottom left.

The second arrived two minutes before the break. Dortmund hitting on the counter and freeing Sancho down the left. The youngster cut inside and fired on goal but saw his effort parried by Oliver Baumann. Mario Gotze was on hand to tap in the rebound though. 2-0 at the break.

It looked to be all over in the 66th minute when the home side grabbed a third. Gotze driving towards the by-line down the right and cutting the ball back for Raphael Guerreiro to slot into the bottom left from around seven yards out on the right.

And then the comeback began.

Poor Dortmund defending allowing a low cross from the right to make it all the way through to Ishak Belfodil in the right of the area. Belfodil slotting in off the left-hand post in the 75th minute.

It was 3-2 in the 83rd minute. Florian Grillitsch playing in a cross from deep on the left and Pavel Kaerabek arriving to plant header into the top left and in off that same left hand upright.

Mission complete in the 87th minute as Hoffenheim improbably drew level. Dennis Geiger swinging in a free kick from deep on the right which Belfodil met with a diving header into the bottom right from around eight yards. 3-3 final score.
Borussia Dortmund stay top, but this collapse will no doubt have given encouragement to Bayern Munich who close the gap to five points. An excellent point on the road for Hoffenheim who nevertheless drop down a spot into ninth position, three points off the Europa League positions.

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