January 9th features a match where Schalke 04 plays host to Hoffenheim in a clash of these two closely matched Bundesliga teams. In their last match, Schalke 04 recorded a 0-3 loss against Hertha BSC. Mattéo Guendouzi struck first for Hertha BSC in the 36th minute, then Jhon Córdoba added another in the 52nd minute At the end of 90 a dissapointed Schalke 04 couldn’t manage to score, and Hertha BSC took the shutout win. They’re hoping to improve on their recent performance, having earned only 3 points in their last 10 matches, while 13th placed Hoffenheim is fresh off their 1-3 loss against Freiburg. Baptiste Santamaria struck first for Freiburg in the 7th minute, then Vincenzo Grifo added another in the 34th minute from the penalty spot. Hoffenheim looks to improve on their recent performance, having earned only 9 points in their last 10 matches.
This will be the first match for these two teams against eachother this season. Last season Hoffenheim won the head to head battle with 1 win.
Andrej Kramarić has been the most effective weapon for Hoffenheim lately. The Croatian attacker has netted two goals in his last five matches. Schalke 04’s top weapon lately has been Benito Raman, who has 3 goals in the last 5 matches
Huub Stevens’s Schalke 04 squad will be without Salif Sané, Omar Mascarell, Mark Uth, Suat Serdar, Frederik Rønnow and Kilian Ludewig, while Sebastian Hoeneß’s squad will be without Jacob Bruun Larsen, Dennis Geiger, Pavel Kadeřábek, Stefan Posch, Ermin Bičakčić, Benjamin Hübner, Konstantinos Stafylidis and Håvard Nordtveit.