Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool: Champions League Qualifier First Leg – Match Preview

Liverpool travel to Germany to face Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

The Bundesliga kick starts next weekend, but Hoffenheim edged out RW Erfut in the early rounds of the DFB Pokal on Saturday.

Hoffenheim have lost Sebastian Rudy and Nicolas Sule to Bayern Munich following their excellent 16-17 fourth placed Bundesliga fixture.

Liverpool conceded a last minute equaliser away at Watford on Saturday in their Premier League opener.

Despite twice recovering from a goal down to lead, Miguel Britos’ close range goal means both teams shared the spoils in a six goal thriller.

Team news
Sandro Wagner featured in the DFB Pokal and is expected to be fit to face Liverpool here.

Former West Ham defender Havard Nordtveit appears to have taken Süle’s role in the back three.

Philippe Coutinho hasn’t travelled with the squad to Germany and his future remains very much in doubt.

James Milner is expected to return to the starting XI at the expense of Alberto Moreno.

Expected starting XI’s
Hoffenheim (3-5-2): Baumann; Nordtveit, Vogt, Hubner; Toljan, Demirbay, Polanski, Amiri, Schulz; Wagner, Kamaric
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Predictions

Result: Draw (12/5 with 888 Sport)

Correct Score: 2-2 (14/1 with Winner)

Anytime Goalscorer: Sadio Mane (37/19 with 888 Sport)

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