Fortuna Dusseldorf will be hoping to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat to Bayern Munich at the weekend when they host Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon (14:30).
Uwe Rosler’s men were powerless as the Bavarian juggernaut struck five past Florian Kastenmeier without response, leaving their hopes of survival in very uncertain territory.
Dusseldorf currently sit in the relegation play-off spot, but 17th-placed Werder Bremen have closed the gap to just two points with five games remaining, while Mainz are just outside of danger by a single point.
Rosler would have earmarked more important games than that of Bayern, and this weekend’s encounter against Hoffenheim is surely one of those.
But, Die Kraichgauer will not be resting on their laurels when they travel to the Esprit Arena, as Alfred Schreuder’s side are currently vying for a Europa League qualification place.
A marginal win over Mainz on Saturday kept them firmly in the race for sixth, with the club level on points with Wolfsburg — who occupy the coveted position — but just outside the top six on goal difference.
With both clubs still scrapping it out for safety and European football respectively, the stage is set for a fascinating encounter.
Where to watch Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Hoffenheim on TV:
- UK: BT Sport Extra 1
- US: Fox Soccer 1
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Fortuna Dusseldorf & Hoffenheim’s confirmed lineups:
— Fortuna Düsseldorf (@f95) June 6, 2020
- Dusseldorf: Kastenmeier; Ayhan, Hoffmann, Suttner; Zimmermann, Stöger, Bodzek, Berisha, Thommy; Henning, Karaman.
Zanka, Niko Gießelmann, Steven Skrzybski, Alfredo Morales all drop out with Markus Suttner and Valon Berisha two notable additions.
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— TSG Hoffenheim (@tsghoffenheim) June 6, 2020
- Hoffenheim: Baumann; Nordtveit, Bicakcic, Hübner; Posch, Rudy, Samassékou, Baumgartner, Zuber; Dabbur, Skov.
Former Borussia Dortmund winger Jacob Bruun Larsen is out with a groin injury for Hoffenheim, while Florian Grillitsch sits out.
Players to watch:
- Fortuna Dusseldorf: Mathias Jorgensen. If Dusseldorf are to have any hope of prolonging their stay in the Bundesliga then they will need to tighten up at the back and not allow a repeat of the weekend. Granted, Bayern are firing on all cylinders at the minute but that doesn’t mean Rosler’s side haven’t been susceptible to poor defensive showings, with just one clean sheet in six. One player who could bring a more resilient edge to the rearguard is Danish centre-back Jorgensen. The 30-year-old will be imperative in these defining weeks as he endured a similar experience during his Huddersfield Town days. Unfortunately he was not able to keep the Terriers in the Premier League last season, but that experience will serve him well in this relegation scrap.
- Hoffenheim: Christoph Baumgartner. The 20-year-old Austrian has enjoyed quite the breakthrough season and has been vital for his club since the Bundesliga returned to action. With top scorer Andrej Kramaric currently sidelined, having not played since early March, Schreuder has had to look for goals elsewhere on the pitch, and Baumgartner has been chipping in with his share. With six Bundesliga goals to his name this campaign he is the club’s second highest scorer, while three in his last five would he suggest the midfielder is enjoying something of a hot streak at the minute.
Scoreline prediction: Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-1 Hoffenheim
Bundesliga 2019/20 recent form:
- Fortuna Dusseldorf: LWDDD
- Hoffenheim: WWDLD
Bundesliga 2019/20 table