Hoffenheim will host Cologne in the 8th round of the Bundesliga on 15 October 2021 at 2:30am PST.
Hoffenheim’s results have gradually declined in recent seasons. After 7 rounds of league play this season, they have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 3, and are in 11th place in the league with 8 points.
In terms of statistics, Hoffenheim have scored 12 goals and conceded 11 in 7 rounds. The attacking side is impressive, with the leading striker Kramaric having collected 3 goals and 4 assists. The defensive side has a lot of problems, conceding close to 2 goals per game, which is the main reason for the team’s unsatisfactory results.
Hoffenheim were at a disadvantage on the pitch in their last match away to Stuttgart, with 60% possession and 4 shots on target out of 13. They were eventually beaten 1-3 by the opponent.
It is worth noting that Hoffenheim’s current squad is not complete, with four regular starters including Hubnell, Noltevedt, Bikacsic and Marco Johann injured and likely to be out of action for this match.
Cologne is back in the Bundesliga this season, and the team has been performing well overall, with 3 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in 7 rounds of league play, ranking 6th in the league with 12 points.
The team has drawn against sharp attacking teams such as RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt, and even against Bayern, they were only 1 goal behind. The team has scored 13 goals in 7 rounds and conceded 9, which shows that the strength of the attacking side has improved significantly, but the defensive side still has some problems and often concedes goals.
Cologne were unbeaten in 5 league games before the break. In their most recent match at home against Fürth, they dominated on the pitch, with 67% possession and eight of their 18 shots on target, more than twice as many as their opponents. After falling behind, the team turned the game around 3-1 thanks to 2 goals from Elise and a goal from Anderson to extend the team’s unbeaten run. The team is currently in relatively stable form.
In their previous meetings, Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Cologne, with 7 wins and 3 draws, which is a clear advantage.
In terms of recent history, Hoffenheim’s performance this season has been mediocre, especially in the defensive end, with many problems. Cologne, as the promoted team, has only lost one game to Bayern so far this season, which is a clear improvement in strength.
Combining the strength and form of both sides, Hoffenheim still have a chance to get all 3 points in this match.
Prediction：Hoffenheim to win @2.14
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