Hoffenheim will host Cologne at the PreZero Arena in Bundesliga match 1 on Friday.
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Hoffenheim look forward to returning to victory here after losing the 1-1 Bundesliga 3-1 in their previous game against Stuttgart.
In this game, Hoffenheim had 60% possession and scored 13 goals, 4 of which were on target. The only player on the Hoffenheim protocol was Jakob Bruun Larsen (84 ‘). For his opponent VfB Stuttgart made 14 shots on goal, 6 of which were on target. Mark-Oliver Kempf (18 minutes), Konstantinos Mavropanos (60 minutes) and Roberto Massimo (81 minutes) scored for Stuttgart.
In recent games, Hoffenheim has rarely managed to hold out a full 90 minutes. They will be concerned that Hoffenheim have scored in 5 of 6 previous meetings, conceding 11 goals. However, we just need to find out if the trend continues in this upcoming game.
In this encounter, Hoffenheim have not lost to Cologne in the league in their last 10 matches. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
Cologne will enter the fray after winning the 1-1 Bundesliga 3-1, overshadowing Greuther Furth in their previous match.
In that match, Cologne had 68% of the ball and scored 18 goals, of which 8 were on goal. For Cologne the goals were scored by Sebastian Andersson (50 ‘) and Ellis Schiri (55’, 89 ‘). SpVgg Greuther Fürth scored 6 shots on goal, 3 of which were on target. Marko Meyerhofer (7 ‘) is the scorer for Greuther Furth.
In 6 previous matches, Cologne have scored 10 goals. Cologne have also scored on each of these occasions. During this time, they scored 8 goals.
Face to face
If you look at the past results between these clubs, starting from 11/05/2017, you can see that these meetings were not fruitful for Cologne. They could not win any victories at all, while Hoffenheim beat them, beating them in 100% of these matches.
There was no shortage of heads in these games either: only 24, which on average gives 4 goals per match.
The last league match involving these teams was the 18th match day of the Bundesliga 01/24/2021, in which “Hoffenheim” ended with the score 3: 0 Cologne.
In that game, Hoffenheim had 44% possession and scored 13 shots on goal, 4 of which were on target. Goals were scored by Andrei Kramaric (7 ‘, 75’) and Christoph Baumgartner (28 ‘).
For their rival, “Cologne” made 14 shots on goal, 3 of which were on target. The referee was Sven Jablonski.
Team news: Hoffenheim
Benjamin Huebner (back pain), Haward Nordthwaite (hamstring injury), Marco John (shoulder injury) and Ermin Bicakcic (fitness) will not be available for Hoffenheim boss Sebastian Hoeneß.
Team news: Cologne
With a completely healthy group ready to play, Cologne boss Steffen Baumgart doesn’t worry about fitness at all before this fight.
We have a feeling that Cologne has the opportunity to score a goal for this Hoffenheim team, however, it may not be as much as they would have scored for them.
We think it will be a difficult meeting, culminating in a 2-1 victory for Hoffenheim at the end of the match. Must be good.