Tip Fortuna Dusseldorf - Hoffenheim
After back-to-back wins in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim hit the road to face Fortuna Dusseldorf this Saturday. The hosts are 16th in the table, the relegation/promotion play-off spot, one point from safety. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, currently seventh, continue to chase a European place and are only being kept off the final Europa League spot by Wolfsburg's superior goal difference. Young star Christoph Baumgartner has played a key role in Hoffenheim's recent fortunes. The 20-year-old attacker followed up a masterclass in the win over Cologne with a starring role in the 1-0 victory over Mainz, winning a first-half penalty that was saved. Ilhas Bebou scored his first goal of the year to give Hoffenheim their first away win in six games. The wait was long enough but they were solid for the majority of that winless run, unbeaten in their previous three and limiting the opposition to a solitary goal on each occasion.
Fortuna come into this fixture licking their wounds after a comprehensive beating at the hands of Bayern Munich. Five goals up by the 52nd minute, it looked like Bayern could break a record last Saturday, but that's the way it ended. There isn't any shame in coming up short against a beast like Bayern, especially considering Fortuna's encouraging form going into that fixture. Unbeaten in six matches, they had most recently picked up three points against Schalke. While their home record is among the worst in the division, they are unbeaten in four of their last five fixtures at the Düsseldorf Arena. Their last two meetings with Hoffenheim ended 1-1 and we wouldn't be surprised to see a similarly low-scoring fixture with the Fortuna defence looking to regain pride. Back under 2.5 goals.
Key points Fortuna Dusseldorf - Hoffenheim
Fortuna Dusseldorf are unbeaten in four of their last five fixtures at the Dusseldorf Arena.
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last four away Bundesliga matches.
Fortuna are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Hoffenheim (2-1-0).
Fewer than 3 goals have been scored in each of Hoffenheim's last five away games.
Conclusion Fortuna Dusseldorf - Hoffenheim
The impressive form of Baumgartner gives Hoffenheim the edge in this fixture. Based on the recent meetings between these teams and the goal pattern of Hoffenheim's recent away fixtures, it's best to bet on the score being low. Back under 2.5 goals.
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Fortuna Dusseldorf Hoffenheim Prediction published on June 3, 2020