When Hoffenheim and VfL Bochum square off on Saturday at the PreZero Arena, both teams will be looking to avenge opening-round losses in the 2022–23 Bundesliga campaign.
Last time out, Andre Breitenreiter’s 10 men lost 3-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach, while the guests lost 2-1 to Mainz 05 at home.
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When Stefan Posch received two cautions against Monchengladbach in the span of 19 minutes, it seemed as though Hoffenheim’s season was over. However, Breitenreiter’s team continued to hold out hope for an improbable opening-day victory when Robert Skov scored in the 20th minute.
However, just before halftime, Ramy Bensebaini started the Monchengladbach comeback, and Daniel Farke’s team would go on to score through Marcus Thuram and Nico Elvedi in the second half to complete a victory.
Hoffenheim’s winless streak in the top division of German football currently runs at 10 games after a disappointing end to the 2021–22 campaign, and Breitenreiter’s team’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Bayer Leverkusen after Saturday’s game.
The hosts are currently under pressure to stop a dreadful five-game winless streak on their home field in the Bundesliga; however, Saturday’s matchup against Stuttgart might be just what Breitenreiter needs to turn things around. In the meantime, VfL Bochum kept all 11 players on the field during their match against Mainz 05 on the first day, but it was a fruitless effort for Thomas Reis’s side, who lost on the day.
Bochum’s attempt to avoid relegation to the second tier was launched with the worst conceivable start in the 2021–22 top division thanks to two goals from Karim Onisiwo either side of an equalizer from Kevin Stoger, a former Mainz player. Reis’s team may very well find themselves close to the dreaded dotted line in the upcoming weeks, and only one of their away games from last season saw them keep a clean sheet. The champions Bayern Munich and last season’s surprise package Freiburg are still to come before the end of the month.
The level of confidence in either camp isn’t exactly high right now, but Bochum should at least draw motivation from their two victories over Hoffenheim in the 2021–22 season. Reis’s team will need this drive to overcome their recent injury issues.
For the match on Saturday, Breitenreiter will also have had to reconsider his tactical approach, but the hosts have the stronger attacking possibilities, and we envision them winning by a slim margin.