How serious is the Lewandowski loss? Read our Hoffenheim vs Bayern betting prediction, team news & odds – Bundesliga by PicksSoccer.com
Since Tuesday at the latest, it’s fair to say that Bayern Munich has returned to the top of Europe. The German record champions at Chelsea FC prevailed 3: 0 and underpinned the current stubborn condition, which above all the new coach Hansi Flick can write for.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Betting Predictions and Odds
The championship leader in the Bundesliga continues on Saturday afternoon. The Munich residents are then guests in Sinsheim. Before the duel between Hoffenheim and Bayern, our prediction is influenced above all by Robert Lewandowski’s personnel. The Polish striker injured himself so badly in London that he will be out for up to four weeks, which logically equates to a severe weakening.
In addition, TSG proved in the first leg that they can beat FCB. The Kraichgauer celebrated a surprising 2-1 victory in the Allianz Arena. It was already the third in the past six matches in the top German division. Will the blue-whites also spoil the game for the Champions League contender at the weekend?
Between Hoffenheim and Bayern we believe the odds of serious bookmakers in Germany, then probably not. This is primarily due to the already mentioned top form of the record champion; on the other hand, it is also due to the fact that Coach Alfred Schreuder’s team has collected more points abroad so far than at home. Does the leader have to fight for the three important points more than many expect at the end?
Hoffenheim – Statistics & current form
TSG Hoffenheim has had a bit of a worm since the beginning of February. Starting with the narrow 3: 4 defeat in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup at Bayern, the Kraichgauer remained victorious in the three subsequent Bundesliga games and merely added another counter to their own account.
However, this point win was worthy of honor, as it was achieved last week by the Champions League contender from Mönchengladbach (1-1). And after the deficit and although the foals had the chance by penalty to close the sack early. However, Oliver Baumann parried brilliantly and prevented the third bankruptcy in succession.
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Hoffenheim have lost four of their last seven Bundesliga home games
Nevertheless, the team of the Dutch coach will be angry about the latest results in that the Sinsheim team missed jumping to position six several times. As the betting base table service shows, the TSG as eighth still lacks only two points to jump to a European Cup rank. Above all, an even better performance prevents home weakness.
Only five of the previous twelve matches in front of their own fans could the blue-whites win. In contrast, there are already six defeats and a draw.
“If Lewandowski cannot participate, that is an advantage for the opponent” – Alfred Schreuder
In particular, the 25 goals conceded (third weakest value in the league comparison) caused frowns among those responsible, especially since 1899 goalkeeper Baumann had to get the game machine from the net just eleven times behind him.
This may also be the main reason why the Hoffenheim vs Bayern odds indicate a high-scoring game. In the past five home games of the TSG, the Over 2.5 mark has always been cracked. However, more than three hits were only scored in two out of six cases. Against Dortmund and Leverkusen (both 2-1), the Europa League contender was extremely stubborn, which should definitely be taken into account for the coming Saturday.
Schreuder has to compensate for the failure of several attackers
The undertaking is made considerably more difficult by the fact that coach Schreuder has to do without some important players on the offensive. For example, Munas Dabbur was injured so badly last week that the newcomer could face the premature end of the season. The double scorer from the first leg, Sargis Adamyan, will not be able to participate. The two attackers join in an illustrious circle, because Ishak Belfodil has also been out of action for a few months.
The Dutch trainer, who demands a lot of courage from his team, will therefore be a bit more defensive and hope to keep the zero as long as possible. So far this has been achieved far too rarely in the current season. The Hoffenheim 2019/2020 were eleven times behind at the break. No team scored fewer points than the eighth in the first half.
Probable lineup of Hoffenheim:
↳ Baumann – Posch, Akpoguma, B. Hübner, Skov – Grillitsch – Rudy, Geiger – Kaderabek, Kramaric, Baumgartner
Last games from Hoffenheim:
⚽️ 02/22/2020 – Gladbach vs. TSG Hoffenheim 1: 1 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 02/15/2020 – TSG Hoffenheim vs. Wolfsburg 2: 3 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 08.02.2020 – Freiburg vs. TSG Hoffenheim 1-0 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 05.02.2020 – Bayern vs. TSG Hoffenheim 4: 3 (DFB Cup)
⚽️ 02/01/2020 – TSG Hoffenheim vs. Leverkusen 2-1 (Bundesliga)
Bayern – Statistics & current form
Serge Gnabry? Thomas Müller? Joshua Zirkzee or maybe Jann-Fiete Arp? Who will play Robert Lewandowksi’s role in the storm center on Saturday? This question has been occupying numerous experts across the country since Thursday. The background is the injury to the Polish striker, who is unlikely to be available after four weeks.
How does Bayern cope with Lewandowski’s failure?
At the moment, the most probable solution seems to be Serge Gnabry, who is playing well, in the front line. As a result, Philippe Coutinho, for example, could slip into the starting XI and occupy the position on the wing. A certain loss of quality will still not be disputed, since “Lewy” marked an impressive 39 goals for the record champions in just 33 competitive matches this season.
Despite the loss of their most successful striker by far, it is no doubt the Munich team at the moment that they can compensate for this loss almost without any problems. For years, FCB has not worked as well as it did recently in the Bundesliga, in the Cup and especially in the Champions League. Probably the biggest part of it has Hansi Flick, who is still diligently collecting positive points in the fight for continued employment.
The former Löw assistant could hardly have submitted a much better application letter than that on Tuesday evening in the premier class. The boys from Säbener Straße delivered an almost perfect guest appearance at Stamford Bridge and thanks to the 3-0 win they can already plan for the quarter-finals in the premier class.
The Flick team won four times in a row
Now the full concentration goes back to everyday life in the league, where the red and whites continue to lead the ranking by one point over RB Leipzig. A slip is therefore practically forbidden! Admittedly, any result other than an away win would be surprising, since the Flick team not only left the opposing stadium four times in a row as the winner, but also always managed to score at least three goals.
In this respect, a bet on the favorite’s next win would be obvious between Hoffenheim and Bayern, but the record champions have an intense match in their legs and also have to do without the best shooters. We therefore consider a close encounter to be quite realistic and try a combined bet on the FCB victory and a maximum of three goals in the course of the game.
Incidentally, Robert Lewandowski is not the only player to have been injured in London. Kingsley Coman also had to be replaced prematurely and is not available with a thigh strain for the time being. Javi Martinez, Niklas Süle and Ivan Perisic have been missing for a few weeks.
Probable lineup of Bayern:
↳ Neuer – Pavard, J. Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich – Goretzka, Thiago – T. Müller, Coutinho – Gnabry
Last games from Bayern:
⚽️ 02/25/2020 – Chelsea vs. Bayern 0: 3 (Champions League)
⚽️ 02/21/2020 – Bayern vs. Paderborn 3: 2 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 16.02.2020 – Cologne vs. Bayern 1: 4 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 02/09/2020 – Bayern vs. RB Leipzig 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 05.02.2020 – Bayern vs. TSG Hoffenheim 4: 3 (DFB Cup)
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Direct comparison
The direct comparison between Hoffenheim and Bayern must be divided into two parts. On the one hand are the 17 meetings until 2016, of which the Hoffenheim team could not decide a single one. On the other hand, TSG celebrated three victories in the last six direct duels.
TSG already won the first leg 2-1 in Munich
In addition, the Kraichgau team could become the first team since Borussia Dortmund 2011/2012 to win both games in one season against the record champions. In the first leg in the Allianz Arena, Sargis Adamyan became a match winner with two goals.
At that time, however, Niko Kovac and not Hansi Flick were on the bench at FCB. The latter has been under contract with the Sinsheimers in various activities over the past few years, which gives the match on Saturday even more explosive.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Betting Predictions and Odds by PicksSoccer.com
The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern are facing each other for the third time this season. The betting odds of the best bookmakers are again clearly towards the record champions. While FCB barely held the upper hand 4: 3 in the DFB Cup, the Kraichgau team celebrated their third win in the first leg from their recent six direct duels. The blue and white are a kind of fear opponents for the Munich in the highest German division.
Because FCB’s Lewandowski and Coman also injured two other key players during the week in the Champions League, we cannot find any value on a simple win bet by the Flick-Elf despite the excellent condition. Instead, it makes sense to combine a corresponding tip with the number of goals.
⭐️ Hoffenheim vs Bayern Betting odds & other interesting bets at a glance:
🔹 Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
🔸 Odds: 1.33
🔹 Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
🔸 Odds: 3.40
🔹 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ YES
🔸 Odds: 1.50
🔹 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ NO
🔸 Odds: 2.50
Here again we believe it is likely that the front-runner is more stingy than last. Although TSG is one of the weaker defensive teams in the Bundesliga in front of their home crowd, Bayern will miss a certain quality in the game without their Polish striker. Consequently, we expect two or a maximum of three hits from the incumbent title holder.
Game: Hoffenheim vs Bayern
Date: Feb 29, 2020
Betting Prediction: Bayern & Under 3.5 Goals
Stake: 3/10 units