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Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen: Preview & Prediction

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen: Preview & Prediction

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen
Bundesliga
Sunday
3rd March 2024
WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena

The most comprehensive preview, detailed analysis and reliable predictions of the Bundesliga fixture between Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen.

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen: Preview

Hoffenheim form analysis

After a 1-1 draw with Heidenheim on January 27th, Hoffenheim has produced mixed results in recent matches. On February 4th, they took and conceded multiple leads in a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg. Against FC Cologne four days later, Hoffenheim again saw a 1-1 result after taking a late lead through A. Kramarić but conceding almost immediately after. Hoffenheim failed to score on the 17th in a 0-1 loss at Union Berlin. However, they rebounded strongly on the 25th by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-3 behind a brace from M. Beier.

Overall, Hoffenheim has struggled to protect leads but shown they can fight back as well when falling behind. Their defense has leaked goals at inopportune times. But when their offense clicks, they have proven the capacity to score quickly in bunches. Maintaining concentration and organization in defense for a full 90 minutes will be critical to preserve better results when they take scoring leads. Continuing to finish clinically on the counter and converting more scoring chances could also alleviate pressure and help them sustain their top position.

Werder Bremen form analysis

Werder Bremen had shown strong form earlier in 2023, but results have slipped in recent matches. On January 27th, they beat Freiburg 3-1 on the strength of a brace from winger J. Njinmah. They followed up with a scrappy 0-1 win away to Mainz on February 3rd thanks to an early goal from M. Ducksch. However, their run ended with a 1-2 home loss to Heidenheim on the 10th after conceding twice in six early minutes.

Werder responded well with a 0-1 victory at FC Cologne on the 17th from another J. Njinmah winner to get back on track. But they failed to build momentum, only managing a 1-1 draw with Darmstadt on the 24th despite taking an early lead through an own goal. Overall, Werder Bremen has struggled defensively outside of their organized shape. Conceding multiple early goals was their downfall in losses. But the attack has also lacked ruthlessness to close out wins when scoring first. Shoring up defensive concentration and staying compact could help see out better results. More clinical finishing from the forward line would also relieve pressure and turn tight games in their favor.

Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen: Prediction

Asian handicap: -0.5 Hoffenheim @ 1.96 odds.

Over 2.75 goals @ 1.77 goals.

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