Hoffenheim is welcoming FC Koln to PreZero Arena in round 8 of the German Bundesliga. Hoffenheim is struggling to stay consistent this season, but they are a good team, and they should bounce back. Koln is having an outstanding season so far this season, and they are in 6th place so far this season.
Hoffenheim is producing in the attacking end, they have scored 12 goals, but their defense is not doing so well. With 8 points, Hoffenheim is in 11th place, but they still have time to wake up and climb the standings. In their last game against Stuttgart on the road, Hoffenheim has had 59% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 84% of the correct passes. Hoffenheim’s defense has stuck out once again, and they were losing 3-0 in the 81st minute. Hoffenheim has scored a goal in the 84th minute, but they still lost this game 3-1. Bicakcic, Hubner, and Nordtveit are all injured, and they will miss this game. Bruun Larsen is the leading goalscorer with only 3 goals, while Baumgartner has added 2 goals. Kramaric has added 4 assists. I think everyone in Hoffenheim knows the Champions League is out of their reach, but Europa League is certainly not.
Koln is incredibly hard to beat, and they have lost only 1 game so far this season. Koln has been decent so far on both ends with 13 scored goals and 9 conceded goals, and they are in 6th place with 12 points. I guess the bad news for Koln is they have conceded at least 1 goal in each of their game so far this season, but they have also scored in all of their games so far, which is impressive. Modeste is the leading goalscorer for Koln with 4 goals, while Skhiri added 3 goals. Schmitz has added 3 assists. In their last game before the international break, Koln was hosting Furth, and they were a much better team. Koln has had 67% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and a decent 81% of the correct passes. Koln was losing at halftime, but with an outstanding second half, Koln has scored 3 goals, and they have won this game 3-1. I always say I love seeing an underdog being high in the standings, and Koln definitely is an underdog, and I really hope they can continue playing this well for a while.
Koln hasn’t won any of their last 6 games against Hoffenheim, but they also haven’t lost in their last 5 games. Koln is also without a win on the road so far this season. Hoffenheim is a good team, and they will try to bounce back here, but I’m not sure they can. Neither defense is great, and for that reason, I will take the goals.