Hoffenheim vs Shakhtar Betting Tips
The situation of Hoffenheim in the fight for the classification is not easy. The first mission is to match the Lyon score. This, perhaps, is the easiest goal. Just beat Shakthar Donetsk on Tuesday and hope the French are beaten by Manchester City. Results within reality.
The problem is to beat Lyon on the final day. This is because the first criterion of tiebreaker is direct confrontation. The two games between them were in the draw. In France, by 2 to 2. In Germany, by 3 to 3. The goal scored away from home benefits the French. Thus, Hoffenheim will have to pull a rabbit out of the hat in the duel against City in Manchester while Lyon, in the final round, will face Shakthar in Ukraine.That is, the Germans must even bother to defend the third place and try to ensure the passage to the Europa League. That little changes the strategy for the duel of this Tuesday. As Shakthar have their last match in their domains and the possibility of scoring in Manchester is not the greatest, the real chance to ‘stamp’ the Europa League berth is to win the fifth round game.
Hoffenheim defend an unbeaten run of four matches (two wins and two draws). On Saturday, November 24, for the German Championship, she was 3 to 3 with Hertha in Berlin, reaching 20 points (six wins, two draws and four losses). It is in sixth place, the last in the qualifying zone for continental tournaments.
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Although he is in the last place and has one point less than Hoffenheim, Shakthar presents, at least in theory, more chances to obtain the berth in the round of 16 of the Champions League of Europe than the own German team. Not that they are big, but the combination of results needed to make it happen is more doable.
It demands Manchester City wins over Lyon and Hoffenheim, which are the most awaited results of the clashes, and successes of the Ukrainians over the Germans and the French – which are the most unlikely part of the combination.
In the last game to prepare for Tuesday’s match, Shakthar, for the Ukrainian Championship, was in the goalless draw against Lviv. Nothing that could threaten his leadership in the tournament.
With 41 points (13 wins, two draws and one loss), he goes on the edge. The advantage in comparison with the Oleksandriya dropped from ten to eight points. The team has the best attack (38 goals scored) and the lowest-scoring defense (seven goals conceded) in the competition.
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The 2-2 draw in the first round of the 2018/2019 group stage of the Champions League was the first match involving the teams.
Hoffenheim have resumed their best form, although they continue oscillating in the German Championship. Acting at home, the prognosis in his victory appears as the best option in the clash with Shakthar Donetsk.
Bet Tips: Hoffenheim wins