Hoffenheim take on the visitors Basaksehir at “Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena” in the round three of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The match will be played in Sinsheim on Thursday, October 19th.
Hoffenheim have struggled to win in three recent clashes. Last weekend the Germans gained 2:2 draw against FC Augsburg within the Bundesliga. With eight gameweeks behind, “Die Kraichgauer” occupy the fourth position in the German elite division table with 15 points earned and 15-10 goal difference. Julian Nagelsmann’s team has lost both its battles in the Group C of the UEFA Europa League to Ludogorets and Braga with the same 1:2 scoreline. Hoffenheim managed to get three victories, two draws and two defeats in seven home matches of this season.
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In their turn, Basaksehir succeeded in both their October fights against Goztepe and Alanyaspor with the same 2:1 scoreline. The side settles on the fourth place in the Turkish Super Lig with 16 points taken and 13-11 goal difference after eight encounters played. In the UEFA Europa League Basaksehir picked up one point in two clashes after 0:0 draw vs. Ludogorets and 1:2 loss to Braga. This season the Turks participated in seven matches at away turfs, having got two triumphs, two draws and three defeats in them.
The upcoming hosts are the debutants of the Eurocups, consequently, it is clear that the rivals have never met before. “Die Kraichgauer” conducted four games in Europa, having failed in all of them and I believe that it is a great moment for them to earn the first Eurocups points in their history.
Prediction for the match: Hoffenheim to win.