Preview - Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC 14 April 19

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Match Day 29
Hoffenheim vs. Hertha BSC
Sunday, April 14th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.07
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Andrej Kramarić (15)

Hertha BSC:
Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.46
Average goals against per match: 1.64
Top Scorer: Ondrej Duda (10)

The Match Day 29 Bundesliga action continues at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena as ninth placed Hoffenheim play host to Hertha BSC who are two spots back in eleventh.

Only two points off sixth placed Werder Bremen headed into the game, Hoffenheim do still have a realistic shot of making the Europa League and will look to keep pace with three points at home in this one.

Hertha's season meanwhile looks to be petering out. 11 points off the European positions and 14 clear of the drop zone, they seem a side struggling for motivation at present.

The sides played out a six-goal thriller in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Berlin ending in a 3-3 draw. It was honours even in the game here last season too, with the sides drawing 1-1 on that occasion.

Joelinton, Dennis Geiger and Lukas Rupp are out for Hoffenheim. Hertha are much worse off in terms of missing players. Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha, Fabian Lustenberger, Aren Maier, Derrick Luckassen and Vladimir Darida are all out injured, whilst Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda are suspended.

Hoffenheim have been solid rather than spectacular at home this season, with six wins and five draws from their 14 fixtures to date. They are going well at present though having won each of their past three here. They have conceded more than one goal in only two of those 14 games.

Hertha have won four of 14 on the road, but have lost each of their last tree, including a 5-0 hammering at Leipzig last time out. 10 of Hertha's 14 away fixtures have featured over 2.5 goals.

At home, and with the edge in terms of motivation and injuries, we expect Hoffenheim to pick up the points in this one.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 3 - 1 Hertha BSC


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  29 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 9 - 3
Possession: 59% - 41%

Just the one booking in this one, with referee Martin Petersen taking the name of Kerem Demirbay of the home side.

An utterly dominant display from Hoffenheim this, who started on the front foot and simply never let up, racking up no fewer than 29 shots over the course of the ninety minutes. Facing an effort at their goal on an average of once every 3 minutes, it's no surprise that Hertha were unable to hold out, and really this could have resulted in a far heavier defeat on another day.

The home side flew out of the traps, striking the woodwork not once, not twice but three times in the opening seven minutes. It looked only a matter of time until they took the lead.

The chances continued to come and go, before Hoffenheim finally did break through in the 29th minute. Nadiem Amiri receiving the ball around 20 yards out and towards the right corner of the eighteen-yard box and rifling a fine low strike in off the left-hand post. 1-0 at the break.

Hoffenheim finally put the game to bed in the 76th minute. Nico Schulz set free down the left-hand side and fizzing a cross into the area. The ball bypassing everyone bar Reiss Nelson unmarked at the far post. The Englishman nodding into the bottom right from around four yards. 2-0 final score.

Rock solid performance from Hoffenheim, and one which keeps their European aspirations very much alive. They lie in sixth spot on the back of this - and so in the Europa League as it stands - and are five points adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt in fourth place and Champion's League qualification. Hertha drop down to eleventh as their season fizzles out.

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