The draw for the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League is set for Thursday and with only one match left in the playoff round we are close to knowing the teams which will be taking part in the group stages this season.
Liverpool have a proud history in the European Cup and Champions League having won the competition five times. The last of those victories was in 2004/05 and Jurgen Klopp is trying to bring back the European glory days to Anfield.
Hoffenheim have never played in European competition before this season and are attempting to make the group stages of the Champions League for the first time in their history. With no European experience to call upon, it would be a great achievement for the club.
Liverpool come into this match as the favourites not only to win the game but to progress to the group stages of the Champions League.
The Reds have the advantage having picked up a 2-1 win in Germany and this is reflected in their odds of 1/12 with Bet365 to qualify. They are also 13/20 to win the match.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last eleven home competitive games and this underlines the task facing Hoffenheim if they are to progress in the Champions League this season. Hoffenheim have tasted defeat just twice in their last eight away games but it would be a huge achievement to win this match and they are 9/2 outsiders with Bet365 to claim the victory.
A draw is perhaps the more realistic option and is available at 10/3.
Both teams looked like scoring goals in the first leg and if the penalty had gone in for Hoffenheim with the score at 0-0, the result could have been much different.
Interestingly, Hoffenheim have scored at least one goal in their last ten away games and Liverpool have failed to score once in their last eleven games at Anfield. Both teams to score is 8/15 with Bet365.
You can combine the above bet with over 2.5 goals, which also seems likely at odds of 4/5 at Bet365.
With the home advantage, Liverpool are expected to win this match and qualify for the group stages but Hoffenheim will attack and create chances. Liverpool to win and both teams to score is on offer at 15/8 with Bet365.
In terms of player performance, it is difficult to ignore Sadio Mane. The winger has started the season very well and scored again on the weekend to make it two from two in the Premier League. Mane is 13/10 with Bet365 to score at any time.
Looking ahead at the potential teams for this game and Liverpool are still without the injured trio of Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings. Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to feature but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah could return to the starting XI.
Hoffenheim have no injury worries ahead of this game and will be at full strength.