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Preview: Hoffenheim vs VfL Bochum - predictions, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Bundesliga match between Hoffenheim and VfL Bochum. This includes predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Hoffenheim When VfL Bochum The two sides are looking to bounce back from a first-match defeat of the 2022-23 Bundesliga season and will hit the ground running in a showdown at the Pre-Zero Arena on Saturday.

Andre BreitenreiterThe 10 players lost their last match 3-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach, while the visitors lost 2-1 at home to Mainz 05.

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At Hoffenheim, the writing seemed to be on the wall. Stephen Posh Despite picking up two yellow cards within 19 minutes against Mönchengladbach, Breitenreiter’s men threatened an unexpected success on the first day. Robert Skoff Scored the first goal in the 20th minute.

but, Ramy Bensevaini Starting the comeback of Mönchengladbach just before half time, Daniel Farkeside then proceeds to strike through Marcus Thuram When Nico Elvedi 3-1 victory in the second half.

Following a disastrous end to the 2021-22 season, Hoffenheim’s winless run in German football’s top league has now reached 10 games, with Breitenreiter’s trip to Bayer Leverkusen following Saturday’s match. Fixtures are hardly easy for the team.

The hosts are now under pressure to end a disastrous five-match winless run on their own turf in the Bundesliga, with their recent success at the Pre-Zero Arena coming to Stutt in February. We played Galt, but Saturday’s match could be exactly what the doctor ordered.Brightenreiter.

VfL Bochum's Sebastian Poulter celebrates his first goal with his teammates on 2 March 2022© Reuters

VfL Bochum, on the other hand, managed to keep all 11 players on the pitch in their opening match against Mainz 05, but it was a fruitless effort. Thomas RaceWe lost 2-1 that day.

2 strikes from Karim Onishiwo Both sides of the equalizer Kevin Stoger – Formerly at Mainz – blamed Bochum for the worst start to the top flight in 2021-22.

With reigning champions Bayern Munich and last season’s surprise package Freiburg still to come by the end of the month, Reis’ team is very likely to find themselves near the dreaded dotted line in the coming weeks, and will likely end last season’s A blank slate.

Bochum have also won just four trips in the 2021-22 Bundesliga season, one of which was a 2-1 victory on Hoffenheim’s turf. A nostalgic double.

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Benjamin Habner and his teammates at Hoffenheim after the match on January 19, 2022© Reuters

Hoffenheim defender Posh will take a sneaky step this week after being sent off in a loss to Mönchengladbach. Stanley Nsoki start in line Osankaback When Kevin Vogt.

Dennis Geiger, Iras Bebouw, Ermin Bikacic, Benjamin Hubner When Angelo Stiller Also expected to be sidelined with various injury and illness issues, Breitenreiter’s options for changes are somewhat limited.

Diadee Samasekou After being unlucky with Posh’s dismissal over the weekend, the midfielder hopes he will be given another chance at the first whistle this weekend.

Bochum at left-back Costas Stafiridis After losing to Mainz, he complained of muscle problems, Jannes Horn, Jacek Goralski When Patrick Osterhage Visitors are also not allowed.

Wraith bolstered his backline with the signing of Dominic Heinz Union Berlin native, it wouldn’t be surprising if the 28-year-old was thrown straight into the first XI on his debut.

put in another left back Danilo Soares Still suffering from a hip injury, Reis will likely call in right-back Saidi Janko To fill the gap on that side of the rear guard.

Candidates for Hoffenheim’s starting XI:
Baumann; Vogt, Kabak, Nsoki; Kaderabek, Promel, Baumgartner, Samasekou, Skoff.Kramarik, Rutter

Candidates for VfL Bochum’s starting XI:
Lyman; Gamboa, Oldetz, Heinz, Yanko. Rosilla, Stoger. Asano, Zoller, Holtmann.Hoffmann

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Hoffenheim 2-1 VfL Bochum.

It’s hard to say that either side is confident right now, but Bochum need to draw inspiration from at least their two wins against Hoffenheim in the 2021-22 season. injury problem.

Brightenreiter will also be forced to rethink their tactics for Saturday’s match, but the hosts boast stronger offensive options that could secure victory by a small margin.

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