TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin 5/16/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hertha Berlin (7-7-11) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (10-5-10)
Bundesliga Soccer: Saturday May 16, 2020 at 9:30 AM (PreZero Arena)
The Line: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim +105 / Draw +250 / Hertha Berlin +235 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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We have German Bundesliga soccer action on tap Saturday morning as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim take on Hertha Berlin from the PreZero Arena.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim enter the final stretch of the season sitting in 9th place on 35 points with a record of 10 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses following a 1-1 draw with Schalke in their last match before the Bundesliga took a hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The match with Schalke saw Hoffenheim fall behind just 20 minutes into the match and the lead would last until the 66th minute when Hoffenheim had thought they had found their equalizer before VAR cancelled out the goal due to offside. Christoph Baumgartner left no doubt just three minutes later, tying the game at one but Die Kraichgauer wouldn’t forge ahead of Schalke, settling for a single point and pushing their winless run in the league to five games. Andrej Kramaric leads Hoffenheim in scoring with 7 goals on the year while Sargis Adamyan isn’t far behind with 5 tallies and Robert Skov has a team-high 4 assists. Oliver Baumann remains the top goaltender for Hoffenheim, conceding 1.76 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets as well this season.
Hertha Berlin come into this match hoping to leapfrog some teams down the stretch, sitting down in 13th on 28 points with a record of 7-7-11 after back-to-back draws pre-break, including a 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen. Hertha fell behind 2-0 just six minutes into the match as Werder struck twice in a span of three minutes but Niklas Stark pulled a goal back just four minutes before halftime and Matheus Cunha would tie the game at two on the hour mark. Both sides had their chances down the stretch and Hertha outshot Werder 19-7 and 5-3 in terms of shots on goal, but the game remained a stalemate all the way to the final whistle. Dodi Lukebakio leads Hertha Berlin with team-highs of 5 goals and 5 assists while Rune Jarstein is Hertha’s #1 goalkeeper, with 1.67 goals conceded per 90 minutes and 5 clean sheets this season.
I can understand Hoffenheim being favored at home, but there will be no spectators for this one, and you’d have to think it’ll take some time for guys to get their feet back underneath them after such a long layoff, even with workouts prior to the league restart. Hertha Berlin’s done some of their best work away from home, but I just need to see both teams get a game underneath themselves before leaning towards a side here. All in all, I think the two sides cancel out and we see a score draw here, and the price on the draw is pretty nice as well. Add in the fact that three of the last five meetings have been draws and 5 of the last 6 meetings have had both teams score, that just strengthens the pick here for me.