RB Leipzig vs. Hoffenheim German Bundesliga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 6-12-2020
RB Liepzig (16-11-3) vs. Hoffenheim (12-7-11)
German Bundesliga soccer on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 14:30 ET
Venue: Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim, DE
The Line: RB Leipzig -238/ Draw +401/ Hoffenheim +504; O/U 3.5
TV: Fox Sports 2, beIN Sport, BT Sports.
The German Bundesliga rolls into match day 31 with the first match between Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim.
Hoffenheim occupies the 7th position on the league table with 43 points. The hosts are just two points behind Wolfsburg, who are occupying the final Europa League spot. Coming into this match, they have recorded 12 wins, 7 draws and 11 losses so far this season. Hoffenheim has come up with superb league action since the restart of the league last month. In four of the last games, they recorded 2 wins and 2 draws. In their previous game, Hoffenheim finished the game with a lucky 2-2 draw against 16th-placed Düsseldorf. In the match, Düsseldorf scored an early opener in just five minutes into the game, after which Hoffenheim's defender, Benjamin Hubner, was sent off in the 9th minute of the game. In the 16th minute of the game, Hoffenheim equalized after Munas Dabbur fired a rebound into the back of the net. After two minutes, Düsseldorf netted a goal to double their lead over Hoffenheim. However, the goal was disqualified due to foul in build-up play. In the second half of the game, Hoffenheim scored another goal in the 61st minute to double their lead. Dusseldorf wanted a win badly. They were all over the field with 65% ball possession and held Hoffenheim totally at bay. In the 76th minute of the game, Rouwen Hennings netted an unstoppable penalty into the bottom left corner of the net to record a brace during the match. Despite their effort, Dusseldorf finished the match with 23 goal attempts while Hoffenheim had only 8 goal attempts.
On the other hand, RB Leipzig is sitting at the third position of the league table with 59 points, 11 points behind the table leader, Bayern Munich. RB Leipzig has recorded 16 wins, 11 draws, and 3 losses. In their last time out, RB Leipzig was held to a 1-1 draw against SC Paderborn to record their 11th draw of the season. In the game, Leipzig's highest goal scorer and forward, Timo Werner, scored an opener in the 27th minute of the game, but the team's force was reduced by one man after Dayot Upamecano was sent off the pitch. After several goal attempts, Paderborn's Christian Strohdiek scored a late equalizer in the 92nd minute of the game to save the relegating team from a disappointing loss. Paderborn finished the game with 54% ball possession and 17 goal attempts.
Timo Werner, RB Leipzig's highest goal scorer, and Bundesliga's second-highest goalscorer with 25 goals and 8 assists, will lead the team's attack. Also, Patrick Schick will start alongside Werner. For Hoffenheim, Andrej Kramaric, the team's highest goal scorer, will lead the team's forward alongside Christoph Baumgartner and Robert Skov. They have 6 goals and 6 assists, respectively.
RB Leipzig will start Peter Gulacsi as their goalkeeper. In contrast, Hoffenheim will start Oliver Baumann as their goalkeeper for the match. Gulacsi has 9 clean sheets out of 29 league appearances while Baumann has 5 clean sheets in 26 league appearances.
Out of eight meetings, RB Leipzig recorded four wins, two draws, and two losses against Hoffenheim. RB Leipzig has a very impressive defense, and they have the lowest number of losses. They also have the highest making number of draws alongside Schalke 04. Therefore, it will be difficult for Hoffenheim to break through their defense. Also, the presence of Werner is a significant threat to Hoffenheim.
Coach: Alfred Schreuder
Goalkeeper: Oliver Baumann
Players: Ermin Bičakčić, Pavel Kadeřábek, Diadié Samassékou, Florian Grillitsch, Håvard Nordtveit, Sebastian Rudy, Robert Skov, Andrej Kramarić, Christoph Baumgartner and Steven Zuber
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Goalkeeper: Péter Gulácsi
Players: Nordi Mukiele, Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann, Ethan Ampadu, Angeliño, Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Christopher Nkunku, Patrik Schick and Timo Werner
Prediction: Take Borussia Dortmund -277
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