Hoffenheim host Stuttgart at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in the Bundesliga on Tuesday, looking to arrest their losing run in the top-flight and return to winning ways. With just 18 points in the bag from 16 matches, Die Kraichgauer are down in 13th position in the league, having won just five times.
Their last Bundesliga victory came against Schalke in October, sealing a 3-0 win at Gelsenkirchen, following which Andre Breitenreiter’s side have failed to win their next six matches, losing five. Hoffenheim have, in fact, lost each of their last four matches, including a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Union Berlin on Saturday on their return to action post the winter break.
Stuttgart, meanwhile, haven’t covered themselves in glory either, collecting only 15 points from 16 games. They sit in 16th position in the top-flight table, battling relegation. Pellegrino Matarazzo was given the boot in October after going the opening nine games of the campaign without a win, and Bruno Labbadia was appointed as the new permanent manager in December.
This is a tale of two struggling teams hovering near the relegation zone, so this might be a low-scoring affair with both teams cautious against losing once more.
Hoffenheim are on a bad run of form, coming into Tuesday on the back of four consecutive defeats, and it may seem like the odds are stacked against them here.
But Stuttgart’s situation is much worse, despite posting slightly better results lately as compared to the opening few weeks of the 2022-23 Bundesliga season.
We don’t expect a goal-fest in this one, with the teams likely to settle for a draw.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 1-1 Stuttgart
This match will start from 1:00 am
This match will take place on 25 January 2023
Hoffenheim will be without the injured duo of Grischa Promel (ankle) and Jacob Bruun Larsen (groin) for the foreseeable future, while Benjamin Hubner retired last month due to ongoing injury problems.
Pavel Kaderabek replaced Kevin Akpoguma during the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Union, meaning the Czech right-back could come into the starting XI on Tuesday.
Nice loanee Kasper Dolberg came off the bench to make his debut for the Blues last time out, so he could be handed his first start on Tuesday, with Andrej Kramaric also expected to return to the starting lineup.
Baumann; Kaderabek, Kabak, Nsoki; Skov, Geiger, Stiller, Tasende; Baumgartner; Kramaric, Dolberg
Muller; Anton, Mavropanos, Ito, Nartey; Ahamada, Karazor, Endo; Mvumpa, Guirassy, Tomas
Tip 1 – Result: Draw
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Under 2.5
Tip 3 – Both teams to score: Yes
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Hoffenheim win with a probability of 52.82%. A win for Stuttgart has a probability of 24.86% and a draw has a probability of 22.3%.
The most likely scoreline for a Hoffenheim win is 2-1 with a probability of 9.68%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 1-0 (8.16%) and 2-0 (7.78%). The likeliest Stuttgart win is 1-2 (6.33%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (10.16%).
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