Preview - Schalke 04 vs Hoffenheim 07 March 20

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Match Day 25
Schalke 04 vs. Hoffenheim
Saturday, March 7th 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: VELTINS-Arena

Schalke 04:
Last five matches form: D D D L L
Average goals per match: 1.33
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Suat Serdar (7)

Hoffenheim:
Last five matches form: W L L D L
Average goals per match: 1.42
Average goals against per match: 1.75
Top Scorer: Andrej Kramarić (7)

It's sixth plays eighth on Match Day 25 in the Bundesliga, as Schalke welcome Hoffenheim to the VELTINS-Arena. With only two points between the sides headed into the game, this has the look of a pivotal encounter in terms of who will grab the last of the Europa League qualifying positions.

Hoffenheim picked up the points courtesy of a 2-0 success in the reverse of this fixture. The game here last season also went Hoffenheim's way - the visitors running away with it in a 5-2 win on that occasion.

Suat Serdar, Salif Sané, Ozan Kabak, Benjamin Stambouli, Daniel Caligiuri and Omar Mascarell are all out injured for the home side in this one. Hoffenheim are expected to be without Ishak Belfodil, Munas Dabbur and Sargis Adamyan.

Schalke head into this without a win in their last six in the Bundesliga - losing their last two 3-0 and 5-0. They have lost only two of twelve at home overall though scoring two or more in half of those fixtures. The last game here was something of a debacle as they were routed 5-0 by RB Leipzig.

Hoffenheim aren't exactly at the top of their game either and head into this without a win in their last four in the league, and having been stuffed 6-0 at home by Bayern last time out. They have been decent on the road overall in winning five and losing only three of their eleven fixtures to date - conceding more than once in only two of those games.

Both sides will be aiming to steady the ship a little in this one. Home advantage tilts things in Schalke's favour, but in the absence of their top scorer, they may have to settle for a draw.




Prediction: Schalke 04 1 - 1 Hoffenheim

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 14 - 4
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks:  4 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%


Just the one booking at the VELTINS-Arena, with Stefan Posch of the away side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Sven Jablonski.


Not a game of all that many clear goal-scoring opportunities, but what chances there were did predominantly fall to the home side. As such Schalke can possibly count themselves a little unfortunate to have come away with only a point from this one. Hoffenheim managed just the one shot on target, but crucially, they scored from it, and in the end that was good enough to earn a point on the day.


Schalke had the first big chance of the game when Weston McKennie slipped in Jonjoe Kenny in the right of the area. Probably should have scored, but Kenny could only fire his seven yard effort straight at keeper Oliver Baumann.


Kenny then turned provider in the 20th minute when clipping a nice ball to McKennie towards the right corner of the eighteen-yard box. McKennie driving across the edge of the area and drilling a low effort into the bottom right from eighteen yards and slightly to the right.


1-0   at the break.


Schalke had a couple of half chances to extend their lead, but couldn't take them, and were pegged back in the 69th minute. A corner from the left-hand side being nodded down by Benjamin Hubner and falling kindly for Christoph Baumgartner around five yards out and central. Baumgartner lashing home down the middle.
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And that was that. 1-1 final score.


No change for Schalke on the back of this result. They remain in sixth position, but are only a solitary point clear of Wolfsburg and Freiburg as the race for the Europa League positions really begins to hot up. A decent point for Hoffenheim this; They do still slip down one spot to ninth - but are still only two points off the top six themselves.



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