Relieved by the break of a nine-game winning streak, Borussia Dortmund are making their first home match since the change of coach on Saturday, December 16. In Signal Iduna Park will host Hoffenheim for the seventeenth round of the German Championship, the last of the first round. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. (GMT).
The journey is the last of the first half of the Bundesliga in its 2017/2018 season. As usual, the tournament will be paralyzed for about a month due to the strong winter in the country. It will only be resumed from January 12. For the Dortmund team, however, there is still a commitment planned by the German Cup. Will face Bayern Munich next Wednesday, December 20.
The recent performance of Borussia Dortmund
On Tuesday, December 12, Austrian coach Peter Stoger made his debut in charge of Borussia. As a visitor, he saw his side beat Mainz 2-0. It took the place of Dutchman Petr Bosz, who led Ajax to the European League runners-up last season but could not survive for six months on the German team.
His dismissal was justified by a relationship crisis with the cast. The problems caused a brutal drop in performance. After leading the German Championship, Borussia fell to sixth place. He has 25 points (seven wins, four draws and five losses). Close the qualifying round for the Europa League next season.
You will already have an experience in this kind of continental ‘second division’ in the second half of the current season. After all, under Bosz’s command, the team disappointed in the Champions League and was eliminated from the tournament in their group stage.
Although the initial result was quite different from those that had been obtained by its predecessor, Stoger inherited some problems. The medical department of Borussia is still crowded. Defenders Lukasz Piszczek (seven matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship without a goal) and Erik Durm (without performances) are in the infirmary; and Gonzalo Castro (12 games without a goal), Mario Gotze (ten games, one goal), Jacob-Bruun Larsen (one match, no goal), Maximilian Philipp (11 matches, six goals) and Sebastian Rode ).
The Yellow Wall, which has always been a differential of Dortmund, has not been able to push their team towards the victories. Borussia presents a home campaign of the weakest of the last seasons. With ten points (three wins, one draw and three defeats) accumulated of the 21 disputed is the fourth worse in this question in the Bundesliga.
The current form of Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim, who was one of the sensations of last season, managed to remain in the German Bundesliga. But he showed he did not have enough of the squad to break into continental tournaments. He ended up being eliminated from the Europa League in the first phase.
Despite the disappointment, the early fall may have influence in the Bundesliga. In the last three rounds, in which he had only one commitment to play in the Europa League, he managed to accumulate seven of the nine points played in the German Championship. He went up to 26 points (seven wins, five draws and four losses). It occupies the fifth position.
The position would give the right to play again the Europa League. But there is a possibility to upgrade. Bayer Leverkusen, fourth placed, has only one point more and closes the zone of classification for the Champions League. In the current season, Hoffenheim even had the chance to play in the tournament because they were fourth in the previous season. But it ended up falling in the qualifiers against Liverpool.
The young coach Julian Nagelsmann, 30, has three medical problems to set the team that will face Borussia on Saturday. They are in treatment of injuries the defender Stefan Posch (eight games in German Championship 2017/2018, without goal); and attackers Philipp Ochs (three games, no goal) and Sandro Wagner (11 games, four goals).
History of matches between Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim
Dortmund have not been beaten by Hoffenheim for nine games. In the period, started in 2013, were four wins and five draws.
The performance of Borussia Dortmund in front of Mainz was not brilliant. However, it clearly showed a greater commitment of the players after the resignation of Bosz. It is quite likely that this is also reflected in the improvement of the home campaign. Therefore, Dortmund is the best guessing option for this Saturday. It has a price of 1.50 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.50 and successful visitor multiplies the investment by 6.00.