VfL Bochum aims to continue their unbeaten streak as they face Hoffenheim in Friday’s Bundesliga clash. In contrast, Hoffenheim is going through a rough patch, failing to secure a win in their last five games across competitions.
Hoffenheim’s form took a dip after a strong start to the season, managing only two draws and suffering three defeats in their last five matches.
Their recent loss to Borussia Monchengladbach ended their unbeaten away run in the Bundesliga this season.
Despite their sixth position, Hoffenheim struggles at home, having secured just four points out of 20 at PreZero Arena.
However, they claimed a dramatic 3-2 victory against Bochum earlier this season at home.
VfL Bochum has shown improvement, accumulating nine points in their last five games, elevating their total points to 12.
Thomas Letsch’s team clinched a notable 3-1 win against Wolfsburg in their latest fixture, securing their first home win of the season.
Although Bochum lost their previous encounter with Hoffenheim, they have an impressive recent head-to-head record, winning four of their last five meetings.
Hoffenheim Bundesliga form: L W L D D L
Hoffenheim form (all competitions): W L L D D L
VfL Bochum Bundesliga form: L D W D D W
Hoffenheim remains without Bambase Conte, Marco John, Dennis Geiger, and Mergim Berisha due to injuries.
Defender Ozan Kabak is uncertain due to a hip problem, while Grischa Promel is set to return from suspension.
VfL Bochum deals with several injuries: Michael Esser, Noah Loosli, Ivan Ordets, Danilo Soares, Mohammed Tolba, and Lys Mousset. Keven Schlotterbeck is suspended. Matus Bero might start again after returning from injury.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Vogt, Brooks, Akpoguma;
Kaderabek, Promel, Stach, Kramaric, Bulter;
VfL Bochum: (4-2-3-1)
Gamboa, Masovic, Bernardo, Wittek;
Bero, Stoger, Asano;
Prediction: Hoffenheim 1-1 VfL Bochum
Despite Hoffenheim’s desperate need to return to winning ways, VfL Bochum has proven to be a tough team to beat in recent weeks.
We anticipate Bochum doing enough to frustrate their hosts and secure a point in Friday’s fixture, especially after their recent string of draws.