Augsburg vs Hoffenheim Prediction and Betting Tips | February 17, 2023Augsburg and Hoffenheim square off at the WWK ARENA as round 21 of the Bundesliga on Friday (February 17). Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side head into the weekend on a run of three wins against the hosts and will look to continue in the same vein.
Hoffenheim's first game under new coach Pellegrino Matarazzo didn't end with the victory they hoped as the American tactician saw his side succumb to a 3-1 defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 20. That result stretched their winless streak to 10 top-flight matches and was a third loss on the spin, leaving the Sinsheimers precariously placed in 15th - one spot and two points behind their Friday night hosts. Matarazzo will surely lean on Delaney's vast experience to help turn his team's season around, but he won't have Dennis Geiger for company in the centre of midfield after the 24-year-old picked up a fifth yellow card of the season in the match against Leverkusen.
Augsburg's woeful away run continued on Saturday, as they were beaten 3-1 by Mainz at the Mewa Arena. While the Fuggerstadter have picked up just one point from six away league games, they have now returned home, where they're on a three-game winning streak. With 21 points from 20 games, Augsburg are 13th in the standings, two points and one place above Hoffenheim.
That's more defeats than against any other team they've faced in the same period. Die Fuggerstädter last won three successive home matches in the Bundesliga in November-December 2019. Encouragingly, they've won their last five Friday night fixtures. Delaney scored his last of 11 Bundesliga goals to date whilst playing for Dortmund in a 3-1 win over Augsburg (30 January 2021). Hoffenheim are the only Bundesliga team without a win in their last 10 matches. It's their longest winless run since February-May 2009, when they failed to take maximum points across 12 straight Bundesliga games. Like Breitenreiter, Matarazzo lost his first Bundesliga fixture as Hoffenheim coach 3-1. Interim boss Frank Kramer was the last man in the Hoffenheim hot seat to start his tenure with two defeats (December 2012).
With just a four-point gap to Hertha Berlin in the relegation play-off, however, they're far from out of the woods. With Mads Pedersen out with a knock, Portugal teenager Renato Veiga made his Bundesliga debut in an unaccustomed left-back position against Mainz, but there is hope that the Dane will return to the side at left-back. Iago and Reece Oxford are near to returns of their own, but the visit of TSG may prove too soon for the pair, while Berisha - who has scored in three of his last four matches - should continue in attack alongside Croatian Dion Beljo.
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