Schalke – Hoffenheim free betting tips and predictions 17.02.2018

Match start: 18:30 (GMT+1)


Domenico Tedesco's team began the second circle as the main rival of Bayern. But five rounds in 2018 have changed a situation and now the Royal Blues take only the 6th line with the 4th-point lag from the second place.

The defeats of the away matches with RB Leipzig (1:3) and Bayern (1:2) and also house defeat against Werder (1:2) had shown the main problems of Schalke: inability of team to hold advantage and to chase the game if it is needed. Nevertheless in the second case it is necessary to work with the 1st number and the team won’t do this.

In Munich Schalke from the 36th minute faced the necessity to catch up with the opponent in the score. But besides Di Santo’s goal the only dangerous moment was the kick of Kehrer after the corner. In other cases Bayern didn't allow the rival to come closer than 12 m.


Hoffenheim has even less points than the future opponent and the team of Nagelsmann hardly seriously expects to get into the Champions League zone according to the results of the current season.

Nevertheless, the permanent "robbery" that the richer clubs of the country, in particular Bayern, exercises over Hoffenheim affects the results of Hoffe. Only in a rare match of the current season the team had managed not to miss and this led, firstly, to leaving the Champions League at a qualification stage and then leaving off the Europa League which is the second by its status club tournament of the Old World.

The lack of Eurocup practice didn't improve the results of Hoffenheim. In 9 last matches the team of Nagelsmann had gained only 2 victories and only once the football players had managed to win back "on zero" in a defense.


At three meetings in a row Schalke is not able to win over Hoffenheim. The team always loses away matches and the home match ended with the score 1:1 in the second round of the previous championship. However it should be noted another interesting fact — the match of the first circle in Sinsheim (0:2) had broken a series of 13 matches in a row, in which the team has managed to score.

Bookmaker line

Schalke to win 2.13

Draw – 3.62

Hoffenheim to win 3.76

Match prediction

Nagelsmann isn't able to play with a current squad of his team only from defense therefore, certainly, will wait for a quick goal as it has happened recently at Munich Allianz Arena. At the same time Schalke doesn’t even know how to catch the game as the controlled attack is not the strong side of the team of Tedesco. We consider that guests have more chances to stay with points after this match, perhaps Hoffenheim even will be able to gain the victory and to come up with the opponent in standings.

Our tip: Hoffenheim (Asian Handicap) +0.5 - odds 1.88 SBOBET

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