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Match: Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04
Date: October 20, 2019
Kick-off time: 22:00 GMT, October 20, 2019
Stadium: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim)
TV Chanel: beIN Sports HD 5.
What was the score in the last meeting between Hoffenheim & Schalke 04? Schalke 04 2-5 Hoffenheim
THE TEAM NEWS
- Hoffenheim ended their four-match winless run with an impressive 2-1 victory at Bayern Munich last time out, so they will be hoping to kick on from there.
- Coach Alfred Schreuder has confirmed that star man Andrej Kramaric will be included in the squad for the first time this season having recovered from knee surgery, but he is unlikely to be thrown straight back into the starting XI.
- Fellow striker Ishak Belfodil is out following surgery so Sargis Adamyan, who was the hero in Munich with both goals, will lead the attack again, while Havard Nordtveit has been ruled out.
Predicted line-up (4-1-4-1): Baumann; Posch, Vogt, Hübner, Skov; Grillitsch; Kaderabek, Rudy, Geiger, Bebou; Adamyan
Unavailable: Samassekou (Injured), Zuber (Injured), Belfodil (Injured), Ochs (Injured), Nordtveit (Injured)
Doubtful: Grillitsch (Injured)
- An injury-time equaliser denied Schalke a fifth successive win at home to Koln two weeks ago, which would have put them level with Borussia M’gladbach at the top.
- There has been no change on the personnel front over the international break with Nabil Bentaleb still the only absentee, and he is out of favour anyway.
- Mark Uth made only his second league start of the season against Koln but was brought off at half-time, so he may be dropped against his former club.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Nubel; Kenny, Stambouli, Sane, Oczipka; McKennie, Omar Mascarell; Caligiuri, Serdar, Harit; Burgstaller
Unavailable: Bentaleb (Injured)
These two teams produced a seven-goal thriller when they last met in April and goals can be expected again on Sunday. There have been three or more goals in five of Schalke’s last six matches, while Hoffenheim are lifted by that win over Bayern and the return of Kramaric.