The Rhein-Neckar Arena will be the site for the latest installment of Hoffenheim versus Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga; these two teams, currently in the mid-table of the league, will meet on Saturday at 14:30 GMT.
This clash is expected to be hotly contested, with both sides looking for the three points to help them climb the table toward the European places come the end of the season.
Hoffenheim Losing Run
Having lost three consecutive matches in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim will be looking to bounce back to winning form when they host Monchengladbach.
André Breitenreiter will be looking to repair his side’s form and restore their consistency and positive performances.
The gaffer will seek to establish a robust balance in their structure, especially in the defensive phase. This will allow them to be solid while posing an attacking threat.
Daniel Farke will be looking to get his charges to perform at a consistent level in different matches as they look to bolster their chances of qualifying for Europe next season.
Their current form has been hot-and-cold, meaning they have dropped points they should not. This has seen them slide to mid-table in the Bundesliga.
Restoring their consistency in performances and results will help them climb the table toward European places.
Hoffenheim will be without central midfielder Grischa Prömel. The 28-year-old is nursing an ankle fracture picked up on November 7th, 2022. The midfielder has missed three Hoffenheim matches and is not ready for a return.
André Breitenreiter will also be without the services of left-winger Jacob Bruun Larsen. The 24-year-old is recovering from groin surgery. No date has been set for Larsen’s return to fitness and the team.
Daniel Farke will have doubts about left winger Yvandro Borges Sanches. The 18-year-old wide man is recovering from a tendon irritation and is expected to be available from January 23rd.
Doubts also surround the Monchengladbach star striker Marcus Thuram. The 25-year-old center-forward is recovering from knee problems. He will be a doubt for the clash with Hoffenheim.
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Hoffenheim will seek to retain their solidity and deny Monchengladbach any space to exploit.
Monchengladbach will play on the front foot and seek to force the issue against Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim will win the match and take all three points on offer.
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