Football expert Ryan Elliott has picked out two tips for Saturday's game between Paderborn and Hoffenheim.
Paderborn will have mixed feelings after their 0-0 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf in their relegation six-pointer on Saturday. On one hand, it was a very real chance to claw their way back into the survival hunt which wasn’t taken; on the other, Fortuna hit the woodwork multiple times in the second half, and their clean sheet ensured no ground was lost, which has kept them (and Werder Bremen) alive.
Hoffenheim served up a stinking performance in their first game back, as they fell 3-0 at home to a Hertha Berlin side who have certainly had their fair share of problems.
With only Borussia Dortmund winning on their own turf over the weekend, it’s clear that home advantage isn’t particularly significant behind closed doors, so rather than get too bogged down in the formbook, I’m going to try and put much less weight to where the game is being played than I otherwise would.
Looking at how the two sides performed over the weekend, I’m going to back a Paderborn win/draw double chance.
While they rode their luck at times, Steffen Baumgart’s men still put everything into their draw with Fortuna, and probably should have won it at the end – with Christopher Antwi-Adjei missing a glorious late opportunity.
They’re short of a bit of quality, but Paderborn, if they do go down, will go down swinging, and I do believe they still have one or two blows left to dish out before all is said and done.
And Hoffenheim, judging by their display against Hertha, may well be on the receiving end of one of these blows.
Die Kraichgauer somewhat folded on Saturday, and apart from an unlikely Europa League place, they really don’t have much left to play for, and you could tell.
Paderborn are the side desperately in need of points, and a fixture against a Hoffenheim outfit who won’t be as motivated looks like the perfect opportunity to pick up more points in their bid for survival.