Just after four days after they met in league action, Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 meet in the second round of the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday.
The two sides had an encounter in the Bundesliga on Friday, with Hoffenhein prevailing by a 3-0 scoreline at the Veltins-Arena.
After going three matches without a win, Hoffenheim manager Andre Breitenreiter would have been pleased with the professional nature of his side’s 3-0 victory away to Schalke 04 on Friday.
Munas Dabbur’s goal on the peak of halftime was sanwiched by two coverted penalties from Robert Skov either side of the interval, with the visitors looking in danger of dropping points once the the Israeli forward had bagged his fourth league goals of the season.
Despite conceding 15 shots in total, Oliver Baumann was only tested by Schalke’s efforts on two occasions, showcasing how comfortable his defence generally were in terms of keeping their opponents at arm’s length to move up to fourth place in the table.
On Schalke’s perspective, Friday’s defeat at home to Hoffenheim was their fourth straight league loss, leaving them two points adrif of safety.
Kicker Magazine have alleged that Tuesday’s cup tie against Hoffenheim could be Frank Kramer’s last game in Schalke’s dugout, especially if they are eliminated from the DFB-Pokal, with Rouven Schroeder waiting to find the right candidate to replace him.
While Schalke were always likely to be in a relegation battle having been promoted as champions of the second tier last season, the sharp downturn in form alongside a significant run of defeats has clearly alarmed the hierarchy at the club.
Following that poor run of results Kramer’s job appears to be on the line when his side make the trip to Hoffenheim on Tuesday, but the writing could already be on the wall after their latest defeat.
Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04 head to head
These two teams have previously met on 28 occasions, where Hoffenheim have claimed 12 victories while Schalke have won nine, and they have drawn in seven. Schalke have scored 45 goals and conceded 44 in the process. In their last five meetings, Hoffenheim have won three, Schalke one with one draw.
Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke 04 20/10/19
Schalke 04 1-1 Hoffenheim 07/03/20
Schalke 04 4-0 Hoffenheim 09/01/21
Hoffenheim 4-2 Schalke 04 08/05/21
Schalke 04 0-3 Hoffenheim 14/10/22
Hoffenheim latest home form
Hoffenheim were beaten 2-1 by Werder Bremen in their last home game in the league. However, they have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have been unbeaten in their previous seven games. In their last five matches, they have scored nine goals and conceded five.
Hoffenheim 3-2 Bochum 13/08/22
Hoffenheim 1-0 Augsburg 27/08/22
Hoffenheim 4-1 Mainz 10/09/22
Hoffenheim 0-0 Freiburg 18/09/22
Hoffenheim 1-2 Werder Bremen 07/10/22
Hoffenheim latest away form
Hoffenheim have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having lost just one of their four most recent matches. They defeated Scahlke 04 3-0 in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded five.
Borussia M’gladbach 3-1 Hoffenheim 06/08/22
Bayer Leverkusen 0-3 Hoffenheim 20/08/22
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffeinheim 02/09/22
Hertha Berlin 1-1 Hoffenheim 02/10/22
Schalke 04 0-3 Hoffenheim 14/10/22
Schalke 04 latest home form
Schalke 04 have recently failed to keep a good run of form at home, having won just one of their six most recent matches. They were beaten 3-0 by Hoffenheim in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored eight goals and conceded 15.
Schalke 04 2-2 Borussia M’gladbach 13/08/22
Schalke 04 1-6 Union Berlin 27/08/22
Schalke 04 3-1 Bochum 10/09/22
Schalke 04 2-3 Augsburg 02/10/22
Scahlke 04 0-3 Hoffenheim 14/10/22
Schalke 04 latest away form
Schalke 04 have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their six most recent matches. They lost 4-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded six.
Wolfsburg 0-0 Schalke 04 20/08/22
Stuttgart 1-1 Schalke 04 03/09/22
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Schalke 04 17/09/22
Gutersloh 0-3 Schalke 04 22/09/22
Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 Schalke 04 08/10/22
Hoffenheim will take to the pitch without star forward Andrej Kramaric, who missed Friday’s trip to Gelsenkirchen due to an ankle injury.
Ilhas Bebou, Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hubner are also expected to miss out through injury, while Sebastian Rudy, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Kevin Akpoguma could be brought into the side.
Schalke 04 news
Schalke 04 are likely to be without Sepp van den Berg, Cedric Brunner, Ibrahima Cisse, Rodrigo Zalazar and Marcin Kaminski through injury.
Mehmet Aydin came of for Brunner at half-time of Friday’s defeat to Hoffenheim and will almost certainly replace him from the start on Tuesday, with Sebastian Polter set to be handed a start.
Prediction and Odds
Schalke 04 head into the contest on a run of four successive league defeats and will be looking to pick up a positive cup result on Tuesday.
However, they were outclassed at home against their opponents on Friday and we expect no difference in the DFB-Pokal this week, with Kramer likely to lose his job.
Odds: 1 1.88 X 2.05 2 2.88
Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke 04
Hoffenheim 2-1 Schalke 04
Hoffenheim 3-0 Schalke 04
Hoffenheim 3-1 Schalke 04
Hoffenheim 4-1 Schalke 04