Hoffenheim v Eintracht – Rhein Neckar Arena at 14:30 live at BT Sport
David Silva’s 87th-minute goal gave Manchester City a hard-earned win in Hoffenheim on Tuesday night. The Germans – playing their first Champions League home game in a match labeled as biggest in the club’s history – had taken a lead after only 43 seconds through Ishak Belfodil but failed to hold out.
Silva capitalized on a defensive error by Stefan Posch to sink the Sinsheim side late on despite a spirited effort considering Julian Nagelsmann’s men were missing a series of first-choice defenders. Posch was one of a number of youngsters, along with fellow centre-back Justin Hoogma, who started after injuries ruled out captain Kevin Vogt, plus Ermin Bicakcic and Havard Nordtveit.
Nevertheless, Hoffenheim attacked City and looked dangerous – although this did leave them exposed on the counter-attack. In the second half, they were more compact defensively and looked like earning a draw until the late mistake gifted Pep Guardiola’s group their first continental victory of the campaign.
Returning to Bundesliga action on Sunday, Nagelsmann will be looking for an immediate response. Only Bayern Munich collected more points at home (44) than Hoffe (37) last season and Die Kraichgauer will be looking for another positive performance at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Home is where Hoffe’s heart is
TSG have managed just W2-D1-L3 in domestic duties but the home side have already had to face Bayern, RB Leipzig, and Dortmund, while displays have been reasonable impressive throughout. Leipzig departed the Rhein-Neckar with maximum points but on the whole, Hoffe have proven excellent operators here under Nagelsmann’s watch.
Since the youthful boss was promoted to the top job, Die Kraichgauer have won 28/44 (64%) Bundesliga games here with 15 (34%) arriving via a margin of two goals or more. The hosts have and only twice failed to score and those contests have tended to be thrilling affairs with 18 (41%) featuring four or more goals.
Goals forecast for Sunday
That high-scoring nature is our best avenue of profit on Sunday with Over 3 Goals worth attacking at 1.80 quotes. Both teams have scored in all of Hoffenheim’s encounters this term, and whilst we’ve no doubts about their offensive ability, their defensive absentees make the hosts a touch vulnerable.
Visitors Eintracht Frankfurt are also plugging the gaps with Carlos Salcedo, Timothy Chandler, Goncalo Paciencia, Marco Fabian, Taleb Tawatha and Francisco Geraldes all unavailable this weekend. Die Adler are in Europa League duty on Thursday night and therefore will have two less days to prepare for what’s one of the division’s toughest away days.
Frankfurt have delivered profitable Both Teams To Score selections in 13/20 (65%) away Bundesliga days since the start of last season, as well as 12 (60%) matches featuring at least three goals. Four of their opening six league encounters have crossed the Over 2.5 Goals whitewash already with three producing four or more goals.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.00 goals at 1.800
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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