TSG Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich- Match Preview
Undefeated at Allianz Allianz Arena vs Undefeated at Rhein Necker Arena. Both teams are still undefeated at home & are 2 of the 3 teams to still remain so in the Bundesliga (Dortmund being the 3rd one).
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last six games & Julian Nagelsmann’ s men are seeking to maintain the 3rd place of the Table.
Bayern Munich currently closing on a 5th consecutive Bundesliga title who have won 10 times in 13 away trips this season in the Bundesliga which is by far the best away record this Season, which will be an ominous warning for the hosts.
Time: 20:00 cest. 11:30 IST
Channel: Sky sports Star Sports Select HD 2
Venue: WIRSOL Rhein – Necker Arena
Hoffenheim has a slight advantage against Bayern as they have had an extra day to rest & recover as they played their last Bundesliga fixture on Friday night(Bayern played on Saturday).
Nagelsmann will be hoping to field the same eleven that won in Berlin with no new injury worries or suspensions. Many are considering that Nagelsmann will field the same eleven that defeated Hertha Berlin 3-1 just 4 days ago as they will definitely want the best options available to them against the mighty champions.
Possible line up (3-5-2) – Baumann – Süle, Vogt, Hübner; Toljan, Zuber, Rudy, Demirbay, Amiri; Kramaric, Wagner.
Injured or Suspended – None
Still No Manuel Neuer for Bayern as he is still nursing his Foot Injury. Sven Ulreich is set to continue as the Custodian. Spanish duo Xabi Alonso & Javi Martinez are both available again after suspension and are likely to get a starting call from Carlo Ancelotti. Arturo Vidal & Douglas Costa are also likely to get a place in the starting 11 as the South American duo were rested in MatchDay 26 following long journeys back from Int. Break & a slight knock respectively.
Thomas Müller is set to miss out after sustanting an ankle injury against Augsburg in their 6-0 win, and Carlo Ancelotti has announced that Thiago will be rested for the trip to Hoffenheim.
Possible line up (4-2-3-1) – Ulreich – Lahm, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba; Vidal, Kimmich; Robben, Alonso, Ribery; Lewandowski.
Injured or Suspended – Neuer (foot), Müller (ankle), Thiago (rested)
- Bayern could secure automatic qualification to the Champions League if they win the match. Fourth place (the Champions League play-off) is already guaranteed for them.
- Bayern hasn’t conceded a Bundesliga goal in 519 minutes.
- Bayern’s Javi Martinez won his last 15 Bundesliga games all away from home which means win at TSG would move Martinez beyond Franck Ribery’s all-time record.
- The oldest meets the youngest – Nagelsmann 29 – Ancelotti is 57.
Head to Head:
- Overall 17 Matches.
- Bayern Munich – 12 Wins.
- TSG Hoffenheim – 0 Wins
- Ended in Draws – 5 Matches.
- Bayern scored – 39 Goals.
- Hoffenheim scored – 12 Goals.