We are back to club league football action starting this weekend with FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dortmund v Hoffenheim – Over 3 Asian Goal Line @ 1.68 (Pinnacle) – 3 points
Dortmund at the bottom of Bundesliga. I repeated, Dortmund at the bottom of the Bundesliga. Who would have thought that after the great couple of seasons that they have had.
Well Dortmund find itself in a major hole at the bottom of the Bundesliga after failing to make an impact, winning just 3 games out of 13 so far. Compared that to their Champions League form where they won 4 games out of 4, till they lost to Arsenal 10 days ago. The bigger figures of this club have to step up, and they could not have found a better team than Hoffenheim to begin the turn around of their form.
Hoffenheim games tend to be high scoring ones as seen from their last few games having scorlines such as 4-3, 0-4, 3-4, 1-3, 1-5. Goals in matches also tend to be having a lot of goal with the last 5 match between the sides having minimum 3 goals and 4 out of those last 5 having 4+ goals.
Dortmund’s goal scoring efforts have relied on Aubameyang and Reus who have scored 7 out of their 14 goals so far, while Immobile and Ramos have failed to create the magic that saw them among the top scorers in their leagues last season. Hoffenheim have had free scoring form being the 3rd highest scoring team in the league after Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg/Leverkusen with 21 goals with major scoring coming from Elyounoussi, Modeste, Firmino and Szalai who have scored 14 goals between them.
This game will look to be a high scoring one as Dortmund badly need the win, while Hoffenheim play free flowing and entertaining football, and will look to get on goal as much as possible.
Italy Serie A
Fiorentina v Juventus – BTTS @ 1.87 (BetVictor) – 2.5 points
Fiorentina and Juventus last season in the same fixture played one of the best games of the Serie A season as Fiorentina game back from a 2-0 deficit at Half Time to win 4-2 with a crushing performance in the second half.
Fiorentina while since then have managed average performances to land up 4th last season falling 37 points behind Juventus. They finally have a lot of players fresh and fit back in the some decent form winning 3 straight games now including a 4-0 win over Cagliari on the weekend with their attacking threat including Fernandez, Gomez and Cuardado all getting on the scoresheet. They have a full squad to choose from with the exception of Rossi who continues to fight for fitness. Fiorentina has scored in all but 3 games in the campaign this season against Napoli, Lazio and Sassuolo.
Juventus has to contend with a lot of injury concerns on the defensive end with players like Barzagli, Caceres, Asamoah, Romulo all missing tonight while Lichtsteiner is suspended. Juventus have relied all season on the likes of Morata, Tevez, Lllorente, Pirlo and Vidal to land up most of their scoring. According to Sky Sport Italia, coach Allegri is set to switch back to the 3-5-2 system, with Kingsley Coman joing Llorente in attack due to the mid-week Champions League game with Atletico Madrid. He might even result to resting Buffon and replacing Storari between the sticks.
I expect this high profile encounter to be an exciting one especially with the Florence crowd in good voice and that should see both teams to find the back of the net based on their current form and nature of this game.
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