SC Paderborn vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5/23/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction

SC Paderborn vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 5/23/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction Photo by

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (10-5-11) at SC Paderborn (4-5-17)

Bundesliga Soccer: Saturday May 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM (Benteler Arena)

The Line: SC Paderborn +225 / Draw +275 / TSG 1899 Hoffenheim +110 -- O/U: 3

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Paderborn SC and Hoffenheim square off in Bundesliga soccer action from the Benteler Arena on Saturday morning.

Paderborn SC come into this matchup desperate for points to try to fight out of the relegation zone at the bottom of the Bundesliga table, sitting in 18th out of 18 spots with a record of 4 wins, 5 draws and 17 losses following a scoreless draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf in their last outing to bring their total to 17 points this season. The match with Fortuna was a dull affair if we’re being honest, with the two sides splitting possession 50/50, with each side having one shot on goal with Dusseldorf outshooting Paderborn 10-7 in the match. Strell Mamba leads Paderborn with 5 goals this season while Dennis Srbeny is right behind with 4 goals and Kai Proger has a team-high 6 assists this season. Leopold Zingerle is the top option for Paderborn in goal, conceding 1.8 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 20 league appearances this season.

Hoffenheim on the other hand, come into this match after starting their home stretch post-hiatus with a 3-0 loss to Hertha Berlin in their last match. The loss to Hertha dropped Hoffenheim’s record to 10 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses, sitting in 9th position with 35 points, 4 points back of Wolfsburg for that all-important 6th place spot that qualifies for Europa League football next season. In the loss to Hertha Berlin, the game was scoreless at halftime, but it all unraveled just before the hour mark as Kevin Akpoguma deflected the ball into his own net to give Hertha the lead. Hoffenheim would concede twice more, once two minutes after the first goal in the 60th and the 3rd coming with just over a quarter of an hour to play. Andrej Kramaric leads Hoffenheim in scoring with 7 goals this season while Sargis Adamyan has 5 goals and Robert Skov has a team-high 4 assists this season. Oliver Baumann is the #1 goalkeeper in Hoffenheim’s squad, conceding 1.82 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 22 league appearances this season.

Part of me would like to give Paderborn some hope that maybe they could scrape together some points down the stretch, but the lack of home support won’t do Paderborn any good here. Granted, Paderborn is terrible at home to begin with, picking up points in just 3 of 13 home matches this season as well. Hoffenheim though, still have that 6th place spot in sight, only four games back with 8 games to go and they have their fair share of winnable matches down the stretch and it needs to start here. Hoffenheim has been pretty decent on the road as well and the price on the away side isn’t terrible either. I’ll side with Hoffenheim to pick up the key three points on the road in this one. 

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Chris’s Pick Hoffenheim +110

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