Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim Preview 27/08/2021
The third round of fixtures in the 2021/22 German Bundesliga get underway on Friday the 27th of August with a meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim.
The match will be played at Signal Iduna Park, with the home team beginning the weekend in 7th place on 3 points while the visitors are in 2nd place on 4 points.
Borussia Dortmund come into the game having suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Freiburg last weekend. Borussia Dortmund were on the back foot almost immediately as Freiburg opened the scoring after only 6 minutes. They added a second goal just after half time and despite pulling a goal back with over 30 minutes of the match remaining, Borussia Dortmund could not score the equalising goal.
That result means Borussia Dortmund have lost each of their last 2 fixtures having gone down 3-1 against Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. Two goals either side of half time by Bayern Munich took the game away from Borussia Dortmund and having got one back in the 64th minute, it was the defending Bundesliga champions who scored the only other goal in the match.
However, trends show Borussia Dortmund have not lost in 11 of their last 12 home matches in the Bundesliga. They have seen over 2.5 goals and both teams score in 5 of their last 6 home league games, with 16 goals being scored in their last 3 Bundesliga matches at Signal Iduna Park.
Hoffenheim come into the game having been held to a 2-2 draw at home by Hertha Berlin last weekend. It was an entertaining game and the visitors took the lead after only 10 minutes but Hoffenheim struck back just 4 minutes later. Hoffenheim took the lead before half time but could not hold on in he second half and conceded the equalising goal 2 minutes after the interval.
However, Hoffenheim made an impressive start to the season as they defeated Augsburg 4-0 away from home. Three of the 4 goals came in the last 12 minutes of the game as Hoffenheim clinically dispatched their opponents to take maximum points.
Trends show no defeats can be found in Hoffenheim’s 10 most recent games in all competitions and they have managed to score at least one goal in each of their last 8 matches.
Team news and Borussia Dortmund still have an extensive injury list, including Nico Schulz, Thorgan Hazard, Soumaïla Coulibaly, Mateu Morey, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Marcel Schmelzer.
Hoffenheim travel without Pavel Kaderabek, Håvard Nordtveit, Ermin Bicakcic, and Benjamin Hübner due to injury. Ihlas Bebou is recovering from COVID-19.
This has the makings of being an extremely exciting match, with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals. However, Borussia Dortmund know they cannot afford to drop anymore points and could come out on top by a narrow one goal margin.