Hoffenheim had a difficult game last round away at Freiburg. Opponents were very organized and gave away few to no spaces, so Hoffenheim had to rely on long range attempts. In the end the draw (1-1) was a fair result.
Hoffenheim look decent, to say the least, in all areas of the field. The 1st line of defense is actually represented by the offensive players who make big efforts in all games. In these conditions opponents find it very difficult to make their usual game and create dangerous chances.
In comparison to last round Hoffenheim will miss central midfielder Rudy who is suspended.
Last week everyone at Stuttgart expected the team to bounce back and get the first points in 2014. But instead of a win Stuttgart got humiliated on home ground (lost 4-1) in front of mid table Augsburg.
It is true that Stuttgart played in 10 for about an entire half, but by that time Augsburg were already 2-0 up and the chances for Stuttgart to bounce back were almost 0.
That was Stuttgart’s 4th consecutive defeat (all games played so far in 2014) and judging by the way they play, the future doesn’t look good for them. Their playing style is chaotic and it seems that all players are confused about their roles. Play-maker Maxim was a revelation in the 1st part of the season but now he barely touches the ball anymore.
But the really bad news is that Stuttgart will have to do without top-scorer Ibisevic who got a red card last round.
This can be an easy win victory for Hoffenheim, seeing that opponents are in poor form, lack confidence and miss best player Ibisevic. Hosts to win at 9/10 from Ladbrokes is worth taking with medium stakes.
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