Even though Borussia Dortmund can’t go up or down from its second place in the Bundesliga standings, the match against Hoffenheim will be very interesting. The guests suddenly got a chance to earn a direct passage to the Europa League, but they need to win here and wait for the news from Wolfburg, where hosts meet Bayern Munich. This match promises a lot of goals, and even though Borussia wasn’t very efficient since coming back from the pause, Hoffenheim often produces high-scoring contests.
Borussia Dortmund (-125) is the favorite here, but we have to say that the Millionaires have numerous problems with injuries. At five of their players won’t be able to play this Saturday, and all five are from the starting lineup.
However, there was a similar situation last week in Leipzig, and everyone saw Red Bulls as the main favorites in that match. Borussia routinely solved that match in its favor, 0-2, showing that even with a few new faces and a rearranged lineup, they have the ability to be very dangerous.
What is very interesting is the fact that since their comeback, just two games in which this side participated saw over 2.5 goals, and six went under that limit. Even more impressive is that only one saw both teams scoring, which is a much different trend than prior to the hiatus.
Hoffenheim (+310) had mixed results at first but eventually lost once int the previous six games, posting four wins and a draw besides that, to reach place No.7. That position leads to the qualifications for the Europa League.
But now, they have an opportunity to go one step higher and avoid qualifications and additional matches which would only force them to start the preparations and the season much earlier. In order to do so, they have to stay unbeaten and or to win, with Wolves losing against Bayern, or recording a draw in the second scenario.
Three of the previous four games this side played saw over 3.5 goals, and when looking just the road events, one since the hiatus ended without goals on both sides of the pitch.
Emre Can, Dahoud, and Gotze are definitely out, with Akanji, Hitz, Reus, and Schmelzer being under a question mark. However, according to our sources from within the organization, neither of them is expected to play.
On the other side, Stafylidis is definitely not available for this event, while Adamyan and Belfodi will be a game-time decision.
Head to Head Games
Hoffenheim defeated Dortmund with 2-1 in the opening led played in December. The Millionaires were ahead at the halftime, with Gotze scoring a goal, but the hosts came back in the last 11 minutes, through Adamyan and Kramaric.
By the way, since 2012, just one game didn’t end with both teams scoring.
It is the last game of the season. Hoffenheim is the team that plays open and offensive football and doesn’t care about the consequences. On the other side, Borussia’s offensive potential is massive, and we expect to see a tiny part of their capabilities as they face an opponent willing to attack right from the start.
Both sides to score and over 3.5 goals is +110, and we sttrongly recommend betting on this pick.
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