Schalke aim to go closer towards safety when they take on Hoffenheim at the Veltins Arena this weekend. Schalke are six points above the bottom three but the club are growing increasingly assured of safety with only five matches left in the season. Hoffenheim have been able to move into the sixth place and remain in the race for Europe with Julian Nagelsmann’s outfit holding a one-point advantage over Werder Bremen in the seventh place. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Schalke were held to a 1-1 draw by Nurnberg at the Max Morlock Stadion. Even after the managerial change, Schalke have picked up one victory in the last five games.
Hoffenheim are now unbeaten in five games after beating Hertha Berlin 2-0 at the Rhein Neckar Arena. This was the fourth victory in the last five matches for Hoffenheim, who have been able to jump into the top six.
The recent match between Hoffenheim and Schalke was a 1-1 draw at the Rhein Neckar Arena back in December. The last meeting at Veltins Arena witnessed Schalke getting a 2-1 victory. Our betting tips and predictions would go with a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 4.00[/bet_tip_now]
Hoffenheim were able to rejoice the win over Hertha Berlin that put the club into the sixth place. Nagelsmann’s team have a great opportunity to build on the one-point advantage over Werder Bremen, who are expected to lose against Bayern Munich this weekend. However, Schalke have a brilliant home record against Hoffenheim with no losses in the last five home league encounters. Hoffenheim’s last success at the Veltins Arena was in 2013 in the DFB Pokal. Hoffenheim’s away record this season has not been brilliant and our preview would rather back a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 4.00[/bet_tip_now]
Schalke win odds: 3.60
Hoffenheim win odds: 1.90
Correct Score odds
Hoffenheim have been on some brilliant goalscoring form of late with 15 goals in the last six matches. Even in away matches, they have been able to maintain this incredible run, although Hoffenheim have been defensively found wanting in away matches. Schalke have improved since the arrival of Stevens, and the team are likely to put in a solid display at home. Our correct score prediction would go with the 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 8.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Hoffenheim have been on a brilliant attacking run buoyed by the goals from the likes of Kramaric and Belfodil. Even though both players have been on a spectacular run of form, the pressure of having to sustain a European spot will actually have its say in an away match. Hoffenheim’s poor run at the Veltins Arena make our total goals prediction go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 2.50[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Andrej Kramaric is Hoffenheim’s top scorer in the Bundesliga and he has 15 goals so far this season. The 27-year-old came close to scoring in the win over Hertha Berlin after striking the woodwork. He has been able to score in his previous four games for Hoffenheim. After coming up with the opener in the reverse fixture with Schalke, our first goalscorer prediction would back Andrej Kramaric.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Andrej Kramaric at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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