Match Preview: Hoffenheim 3-1 Augsburg Predictions and Betting Tips 08.01.2022

Hoffenheim – Augsburg Predictions & Tips For Today, January 8, 2022.

League: GERMANY: Bundesliga – Round 18
Match: 15:30 Hoffenheim – Augsburg
Tip: Over 2.5 Goals
Odd: 1.67
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 3:1 WON!!!

Hoffenheim – Augsburg Match Preview

  • Two consecutive Bundesliga draws saw Hoffenheim slip out of the top four, although it’s still been a positive season in which they secured their third-best first half of the campaign points haul (28 – W8, D4, L5). The hosts are favourites here to build on that, particularly given their robust record of keeping nine Bundesliga clean sheets vs Augsburg – that’s more than against any other team in the competition – although they are without one in a home H2H since 2017.
  • Moreover, Hoffenheim are unbeaten in seven competitive home matches (W6, D1), averaging three goals per game during this run. Another victory should put them back on track to chase a first top-four finish since 2017/18, but with an unremarkable home league record as betting favourites this season (W4, D2, L1), the hosts will need to guard against complacency.
  • Relegation-threatened Augsburg are unbeaten in three league outings (W1, D2), but they still sit only one point above 16th place coming into this round. But a good first-half performance here might see them extend that gap as they haven’t conceded after the break in eight consecutive league matches.
  • Another reason the visitors will hope to secure an early advantage is because they’re unbeaten when netting first in this top-flight campaign (W3, D1). Ironically though, early goals have often gone against them as they’ve conceded a league-high eight goals during the opening 15 minutes, while Augsburg are the only Bundesliga team yet to score inside that period of a league fixture.
  • Players to watchGeorginio Rutter has four goal contributions for Hoffenheim across his last five league appearances (G3, A1), with three arriving before the break. For the visitors, Daniel Caligiuri has converted a penalty in the 86th minute in two of his last four top-flight outings.
  • Hot stat: Hoffenheim have scored a league-high 12 goals beyond the 75th minute this top-flight season.