Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Hoffenheim and Union Berlin square off against each other at PreZero Arena in what is expected to be a close Bundesliga encounter. Hoffenheim aim to recover from a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s clash. Stanley Nsoki has yet to serve his ban, while all Dennis Geiger, Pavel Kaderabek, Kevin Vogt, and Justin Che remain on the sidelines with injuries.
The capital club, on the other hand, aim to build on a 4-2 win over Freiburg, but beating the relegation-threatened hosts at PreZero Arena is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. As for the away team, defender Diogo Leite misses out with a head injury. You should know that the two teams shared the spoils in two of their last four meetings in the German top flight.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Rudy):
After spending his youth career at the likes of Dietingen, Zimmern and Stuttgart, Sebastian Rudy started playing for Stuttgart II at senior level. The right back, who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well, made 37 league appearances for the Stuttgart reserve team, scoring 12 goals in the process.
After making 15 appearances for the first team, he joined Hoffenheim in 2010 and he has been playing for the Bundesliga team ever since. Sebastian Rudy is very quick on the ball and he is able to deliver a decent cross. Rudy scored two goals in 24 league appearances for Hoffenheim in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Rudy made his Germany debut on 13 May, 2014 in a friendly match against Poland in Hamburg. However, he did not make Germany Euro 2016 squad. Rudy has a contract with Hoffenheim which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Union Berlin):
Union Berlin are a German football club originally founded back in 1906. Die Eisernen play home games at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei which can hold up to 22,012 spectators. Union Berlin’s home kit is red, with the team wearing white shirts and white shorts on the travels.
Union Berlin finished the 1923 domestic campaign as runners-up, with the team suffering a 3-0 loss to Hamburger SV in the title game. Speaking of the club’s biggest success in the German Cup, die Eisernen made it to the final of the competition in the 2000/2001 season. Schalke, though, proved to be a big catch for Union Berlin in the decider, with Jorg Bohme scoring a brace for die Knappen (2-0).
Union Berlin will face their local rivals Hertha in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season as they secured promotion to the German top flight, but Hansa Rostock are considered the club’s main rivals.