Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim: Targeting One Last European Spot
There is one game left in Bundesliga this season. For Dortmund, it may have been over as they have sealed the runner up position. Yet, this will be a decisive match for Hoffenheim as they can still climb to sixth position and secure the Europa League qualification spot, with certain conditions. Unfortunately, their fate also depends on Bayerns hand since Die Roeten will be facing off Wolfsburg, their only contender for such last place in the continental competition. Hoffenheim needs to win or have a draw here while hoping that Wolfsburg would fail to seal three points or lose the game.
Borussia Dortmund news
Dortmund managed to win over their closest rival in the standings, RB Leipzig, on the road last week by two goals to nil. The Norwegian phenomenon Erling Haaland scored a brace which secured the runner up position.
Hoffenheim had a convincing victory last week while hosting Union Berlin. They hammered the visitor 4-0. Ihlas Bebou bagged an opener followed by Andrej Kramarics strike. The Israeli international Munas Dabbur also scored one before the half time. The goal parade in PreZero Arena ended as Christoph Baumgartner found the back of the net on the 68th minute.
Missing players and probable lineups
Lucien Favre might only be playing this game for mere formality. Thus, he will still be deploying 3-4-2-1 as usual but with the youngsters or the reserved players in the starting IX accompanied by some key figures. Unfortunately, there are a number of names on the injury table such as Marco Reus, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thomas Delaney, Dan Axel-Zagadou, Manuel Akanji, Nico Schulz and Giovanni Reyna, whereas Emre Can is suspended.
Dortmund: Marwin Hitz; Leonardo Balerdi, Mats Hummels, Lukas Piszczek; Mateu Morey, Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel, Julian Brandt; Mario Gotze, Jadon Sancho; Erling Haaland
The newly-appointed manager Matthias Kaltenbach has been in favour of Julian Nagelsmanns legacy 3-1-4-2 since he took the job. He counts on Ihlas Bebou and Munas Dabbur upfront with Robert Skov playing wide as wing back. However, four players will be ruled out for this game due to their injuries. They are Andrej Kramaric, Sargis Adamyan, Dennis Geiger and Ishak Belfodil.
Hoffenheim: Oliver Baumann; Benjamin Hubner, Stefan Posch, Konstantinos Stafylidis ; Diadie Samassekou; Sebastian Rudy, Florian Grillitsch, Robert Skov, Pavel Kaderabek ; Ihlas Bebou, Munas Dabbur.
In the head-to-head meetings, both teams share the same records. Lucian Favres men and Hoffenheim have won, had a draw and lost twice each in the last six encounters. It may indicate the fairly even match later.
Sebastian Rudy and Co would be in difficulty to snatch points if Dortmund was still involved in a title race. Yet, considering the recent situation, Lucian Favres side is likely to rest some of the key men. This could benefit the visitor which is in need of winning for a possible top-six finish. Such could guarantee the European place next season. Nevertheless, the match might just eventually end in a draw.
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