- Hoffenheim have made a perfect start to their Group L campaign, beating Red Star Belgrade 2-0 and Gent 1-4.
- Slovan Liberec were hammered 5-1 by Red Star on Matchday Two last week.
- The Czech’s have lost their last two on the road, while Hoffenheim have won four of their last six in all competitions at PreZero Arena.
Hoffenheim to triumph in Germany
Hoffenheim can hit back from their 1-3 Bundesliga defeat to Union Berlin on Monday when they face Slovan Liberec at PreZero Arena on Thursday night.
After finishing sixth last term, Hoffenheim have endured a rather bumpy start to their Bundesliga campaign with three defeats suffered in six outings, however, Sebastian Hoeness’ side haven’t put a foot wrong on the continent so far.
Die Kraichgauer sit comfortably top of Group L following convincing victories against Red Star Belgrade (2-0) and Gent (1-4), and collateral form in this section indicates they should have an easy time of things against Slovan Liberec on Thursday evening.
The Czech’s managed to beat Gent 1-0 at home on Matchday One, which was a hard-fought success in comparison to Hoffenheim’s walkover in Belgium. Most telling, though, is the 5-1 demolition that Slovan suffered at the hands of Red Star last time out.
Results undoubtedly suggest Pavel Hoftych’s side are going to be outclassed here, as does the general standing between the clubs. Liberec finished fifth in a comparatively weak domestic league last season and they perennially fail to trouble teams from the better nations in this competition.
It all points towards another resounding win for Hoffenheim despite their domestic unease and the host’s can be confidently backed to cover a one goal handicap for the third time on the spin in Europe. Liberec can’t be expected to fare any better than they did in Serbia last week, so a 4-0 score-line is also the pick for correct score interest.