During most seasons, this would be a game between a top of the table team and a mid-table side. However, Borussia Dortmund are enduring an incredibly poor season, with the club languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga table. They have only 11 points from their games so far, which puts them nine points behind Hoffenheim right now.
Dortmund will be looking to get a much needed win at home. Defeat in their last game brought heavy boos from the crowd, which is finally starting to turn its back on the players and the manager. Despite these difficult times, Dortmund are still favorites for the game against seventh placed Hoffenheim. Odds of 4/7 are available on a Dortmund win. Hoffenheim have a price of 5/1 to get the win, while the draw can be found at 18/5.
There are many games where betting against the favorites is a bad idea, but this is a unique situation. Dortmund may have the better team and some great players, but they are going through a horrible period. Confidence is low, the team is making mistakes, and they seem incapable of performing at a high level for 90 minutes. Hoffenheim have been a mixed bag themselves, but they should have enough quality to cause Dortmund serious problems.
At 5/1, Hoffenheim represent fantastic value. They are higher in the table, they have won at Dortmund before, and they have very few injury problems right now. A 1-0 or 2-1 Hoffenheim win would not be a surprise.
Ciro Immobile is the favorite to open the scoring in this game. Odds of 9/2 can be found on him. The second favorite is Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, with odds of 5/1. Both players have had mixed seasons, with some good performances but plenty of missed chances.