TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs. FC Koln 5/27/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction
FC Koln (10-4-13) at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (10-6-11)
Bundesliga Soccer: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:30 PM (PreZero Arena)
The Line: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim +125 / Draw +240 / FC Koln +175 -- O/U: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Hoffenheim host KC Koln in German Bundesliga soccer action from the PreZero Arena on Tuesday afternoon.
Hoffenheim enter this match in 9th place, sitting on 36 points with a record of 10 wins, 6 draws and 11 losses after a 1-1 draw with Paderborn in their last match, pushing their winless run in the Bundesliga to seven games. In the Paderborn match, Robert Skov gave Hoffenheim the lead after just four minutes, but the lead was short-lived as Paderborn capitalized on a brutal giveaway by Hoffenheim’s defense to tie the game at one in the 9th minute. The two sides had chances, with Hoffenheim outshooting Paderborn 18-13 in terms of goal attempts and 7-3 with respect to shots on goal, but both sides would have to settle for a single point at the final whistle. Andrej Kramaric leads Hoffenheim in scoring with 7 goals this season while Sargis Adamyan is 2nd with 5 goals on the year. The aforementioned Skov and Pavel Kaderabek each have a team-high 4 assists on the year as well. Oliver Baumann is Hoffenheim’s #1 goalkeeper, conceding an average of 1.78 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 23 league appearances this season.
FC Koln on the other hand, enter this one in 10th place, sitting on 34 points tied with Hertha Berlin with a record of 10 wins, 4 draws and 13 losses after a 2-2 tie with Fortuna Dusseldorf last time out. In the match against Dusseldorf, Fortuna took the lead just four minutes before the half and Koln had a chance to equalize just before the hour mark but Mark Uth was stopped from the penalty spot. Dusseldorf would go back the other way and score to take a 2-0 lead just two minutes later. However, Anthony Modeste and Jhon Cordoba would score three minutes apart late in the second half to claw Koln back from the ashes to tie the game at two goals apiece. Neither side would find a last-second winner at the death, so it was a point apiece here as well. Cordoba leads Koln in scoring with 11 goals this season while Florian Kainz has a team-high 6 assists. Timo Horn is the top goalkeeper for Koln, conceding 1.73 goals per 90 minutes with 6 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
I get Hoffenheim being the favorite at home, but the problem is that Hoffenheim’s top two scorers in Andrej Kramaric and Sargis Adamyan are questionable and won’t play in this match respectively, and if we’re being honest, Hoffenheim isn’t in good form right now and don’t have a home field advantage without fans in the stands. Koln were dead in the water against Dusseldorf but have to be feeling at least a bit better after salvaging a draw and like it or not, Koln are just easier to trust in the goal scoring department. I’ll take a stab at Koln to pick up a massive three points on the road with a win here.