Hamburger SV - TSG Hoffenheim
It’s the second worst team in Germany against the second best - and it should be fantastic.
Hamburg have a real spring in their step in the wake of their win v Dortmund before the winter break, whereas Hoffe seem to have managed to shore their notoriously leaky defence without doing any worse in attack as a consequence. The return to form of key midfielder/false 9 Roberto Firmino will make them an even more dangerous proposition. Hamburg have Rafael van der Vaart back available but his inclusion might prove a tactical headache for coach Joe Zinnbauer. I’d take TSG on the double chance at 1.50.
SC Paderborn - Eintracht Frankfurt
The visitors make the trip without centre-back Carlos Zambrano (knee surgery) and regular keeper Kevin Trapp. Full-back Timmy Chandler might well be tired after playing for the US in midweek. Thomas Schaaf has to find solutions, especially in defence, but going forward his side have looked very potent. They have scored nine goals in an unbeaten run of four games.
Paderborn fought back at Leverkusen to register a very good draw before the winter break but they have been dropping down to 9th after going to Bayern as league leaders three match days ago. Goals should be the order of the day in East-Westphalia, with over 2.5 at 1.75.
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