Hoffenheim’s chances of staving off Bundesliga relegation this season have been given a huge boost after the club signed Tottenham goalkeeper, Heurelho Gomes, on loan on transfer deadline day last week.
Gomes, out of favour at White Hart Lane, immediately proved his worth to his new side with a resplendent debut display at the weekend, as Hoffenheim earned three valuable points in a 2-1 home victory over Freiburg.
The result was an unexpected triumph for fans betting on the game, and ended a run of nine straight games without a win. Much credit must go to Hoffenheim’s new stopper, for Gomes proved why he has 11 international caps for Brazil with a string of saves as Freiburg’s attack battled in vain to encroach his goal.
Of course, Gomes wouldn’t be Gomes without a little misfortune – the Brazilian stopped Max Kruse’s initial effort just four minutes in but parried the ball straight back to the striker to tap home the opener – yet when Kevin Vollard set the scores level on 10 minutes the goalkeeper appeared to settle between the sticks.
Heading into another round of Bundesliga fixtures this weekend, Hoffenheim sit nervously in 16th place and seven points behind Wolfsburg in 15th. They face Hannover next week before welcoming Stuttgart to the Rhein Neckar Arena, two games that fans football betting online have earmarked as potential upsets in Hoffenheim’s favour.
The importance of these three points from last Saturday can therefore not go unnoticed. With their first win since 3 November, Hoffenheim should now have confidence to go forward and attack both Hannover and Stuttgart, who have been largely unimpressive this year.
With Gomes behind them, they have a competent goalkeeper with Premier League experience that has settled in well at the club: an invaluable figure for a relegation-threatened side heading into the back-end of the season.