Nurnberg take on the visitors Hoffenheim at the Max-Morlock-Stadion in the 8th tour of the Bundesliga. The match will be played in the eponymous city Nuremberg on Saturday, October 20th.
Nurnberg are finally back to the most prestigious German football league after they spent five years in the lower divisions. They have been looking pretty aggressive in front of their home crowd so far this Bundesliga season. Der Rehmreiche have already had three league games at the Max-Morlock-Stadion, they have won two of them and have lost one. However, the team of Michael Kollner has been looking weak on the away fields recently. They have had four away fixtures so far and have been able to draw only one of them conceding fifteen goals overall. In their last three matches Nurnberg beat Vilzing with a 5-0 score in a friendly fixture, lost to Leipzig with a 0-6 score and beat Fortuna Dusseldorf with a 3-0 score.
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The bronze medalist of the 2017/2018 Bundesliga season which is Hoffenheim has been unable to reach its peak shape recently. It seemed like after they had drawn against Borussia Dortmund and had beaten Hannover 96 in the league Die Kraichgauer started to get better results. However, the team of Julian Nagelsmann lost their two last league fixtures in front of their home crowd. In their last three matches Hoffenheim lost to Eintracht Frankfurt with a 1-2 score, to Manchester City with the same 1-2 score in their UEFA Champions League group stage fixture and to Leipzig with a 1-2 score.
On the one hand, Nurnberg should not lose in the upcoming fixture considering their recent results. On the other hand, Hoffenheim will be motivated to end their failing streak. Die Kraichgauer have a solid squad that can show a great performance against any opponent. They have already showed it in their games against the top tier German teams this Bundesliga season. Overall, it is hard to predict the winner in the lead-up to the upcoming match but quite easy to predict the productivity of the game. Hoffenheim always lean on their offensive line both on their home field and the away ones which makes them score a lot of goals. They have already scored eleven goals so far this Bundesliga season. However, they are often lazy to play safe in the defense. Thereby almost every match Hoffenheim play ends with both teams scoring goals. For example, in their Round 1 fixture of the UEFA Champions League group stage Die Kraichgauer drew against Shakhtar Donetsk with a 2-2 score. In the Round 2 of the tournament they lost to Manchester City with a 1-2 score. Six of their seven games so far this Bundesliga season have ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. The team of Julian Nagelsmann is likely to use the same playing style in the upcoming match and to score some goals against Nurnberg. On the other hand, they are likely to concede some goals too. In their last fifteen fixtures Hoffenheim had more than 2.5 goals scored overall in thirteen of them. Interestingly, Der Rehmreiche ended their last four games with more than 2.5 goals scored overall, that was a sign of their great productivity too. Furthermore, in their last five matches between them Nurnberg and Hoffenheim had more than 2.5 goals scored. Thereby we should see a very productive game on Saturday.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored.