This Friday presents an enticing betting opportunity with the Bundesliga’s return, featuring a showdown in Munich between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim. The match is set to kick off at 8:30 PM.
Bayern Munich: Can the Bavarians Surpass First-Placed Leverkusen?
Last season, Bayern Munich clinched the German championship in dramatic fashion. A last-minute goal by Musiala against Cologne in the final matchday secured their eleventh consecutive title, especially after Dortmund could only manage a draw against Mainz. This season, Bayern has bolstered its squad with notable signings like Kane and defensive reinforcements Kim and Gueira.
However, the season hasn’t started as expected. Bayern suffered a 3-0 defeat in the German Super Cup final against Leipzig, and, more shockingly, were eliminated from the German Cup by third-tier Saarbrücken. Currently, Bayern is second in the Bundesliga, four points behind the impressive leaders, Leverkusen. With twelve wins, two draws, and one defeat (a 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt), Bayern faces a challenge to regain their dominant form.
Their Champions League campaign, however, has been more successful, finishing top of their group and setting up a knockout stage clash with an in-form Lazio.
Hoffenheim: Strong Away Performances, But a Tough Match Against Bayern Ahead!
Hoffenheim finished last season in twelfth place, just three points above the sixteenth-placed Stuttgart, who had to fight for survival in the relegation playoffs. It’s noteworthy that Hoffenheim’s final game last season was a draw against Stuttgart. Added to this was their victory at their home stadium against the impressive Union Berlin from the previous season, leading to the conclusion that Hoffenheim secured their stay in the top league only in the final rounds.
Their goals for this season are slightly different, as coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team is pushing hard to achieve a spot that would lead to qualification in a European competition. Considering this, there’s a lot of reasons for the fans of this endearing team to be content. Currently, Matarazzo’s squad is in seventh place, tied in points with the sixth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt. This seventh position could lead to qualifications for the Conference League, a fitting competition for Hoffenheim, who, let’s face it, played in the Europa League three years ago and even made it to the knockout stage.
So far, the Blues have played sixteen matches in the league, securing seven wins, three draws, and six losses. It’s important to note that they are currently tied in points with eighth-placed Freiburg, a team that’s been a regular participant in European competitions for years. In their last five matches, Hoffenheim has only managed one win, two draws, and two losses. In their last game before the break, they drew in a spectacular match against Darmstadt with six goals ending in a 3:3 tie. Before that, they were expectedly defeated away by Leipzig with a score of 3:1.
Interestingly, Hoffenheim is currently one of the best away teams in the league, with five wins, one draw, and two losses in eight away games. However, it’s particularly notable that they suffered all three away defeats in their last three away matches. Finally, the last head-to-head match between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim was played in mid-April last year, ending unexpectedly in a 1:1 draw.
This Munich clash promises to be a high-scoring affair. We advise trying a bet on over 4.5 goals (5+), with 22Bet offering odds of 2.14.
It’s quite likely we’ll see at least two goals in the first half, so we suggest betting on over 1.5 goals in the first half, with odds of 1.68 at 22Bet.
Despite Hoffenheim’s strong away performances, Bayern, as the defending champions, is expected to start offensively. Therefore, we boldly recommend a bet on Bayern leading at both halftime and fulltime (1-1 HT/FT), with odds of 1.45 at 22Bet.