Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich: Bundesliga Action on Match-day 11

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This Saturday sees Hoffenheim go head to head with Bayern at the Pre Zero Arena – Kick-off 3:30pm GMT.

Both Hoffenheim and Bayern currently share Champion’s League qualification hopes, as they sit fourth and second in the Bundesliga, respectively.

Hoffenheim’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 17 points this season

If Hoffenheim’s season is to maintain on track, they must put their recent poor form to an end in this game. In their last two outings, they lost 0-3 at Schalke and 1-2 at Werder Bremen.

Also, Hoffenheim keep finding ways to win, having secured five victories in their last nine matches is astonishing this season, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. Now they have 5 matches won, 3 games lost and 2 duels drawn; that’s why they currently sit in fourth place, with a total of 17 points having won five games, drawn two meetings, and lost three fixtures.

Playing at home, Hoffenheim have won three meetings, drawn one game, and lost one game.

A win in this fixture would take Hoffenheim’s points to 20 in the League.

Good Attacking Performance

Hoffenheim have a good scoring record this season, with 17 netted so far (15 from open play and two penalties). This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Munas Dabbur (4), Andrej Kramaric (3), and Robert Skov (3). Hoffenheim have conceded 10 goals.

Andre Breitenreiter will be forced to make changes to the plans for his squad, as injury or illness has depleted him of six of his Hoffenheim players.

With the Bundesliga season well into its stride, Bayern Munich have managed to gain 19 points

Bayern come to this match on the back of a 5-0 home win against SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena.

Also, with four draws in seven fixtures, Bayern need to develop a strategy for getting over the line in games. With 19 points (5W, 1L and 4D), they are established in second position in the League having won five meetings, drawn four matches, and lost one game.

Bayern have won two meetings, drawn two games, and lost one game of their five League matches on the road this season.

Bayern Munich will have secured 22 points so far this season, should they secure a win.

A solid defensive team

Bayern have conceded eight goals so far, so their defence can be considered to be strong. Bayern are currently one of the best goal scoring teams in the Bundesliga, having so far netted 30 (29 from open play and one penalty). This has been largely down to the key attacking players: Leroy Sane (5), Sadio Mane (5), and Jamal Musiala (5).

Bayern’s ever growing list of players missing due to injury or illness to be a concern for Julian Nagelsmann, ahead of this Saturday’s fixture against their opponents.

Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels the recent form between these two sides has seen Bayern with a greater number of wins. In the last 30 meetings, they have enjoyed 20 victories, to Hoffenheim’s four wins. Additionally, Bayern have left Hoffenheim with a win on twelve out of 16 fixtures. Their most recent encounter in this competition was March 2022 and the score line ended up with a 1-1 draw.

Players to watch

For Hoffenheim, Munas Dabbur has nettedfour goals in 10 League games this campaign, while Leroy Sane contributed withfive goals in 10 League matches so far for Bayern.

Other standout players for Hoffenheim are Andrej Kramaric and Robert Skov with three goals and three goals respectively and for Bayern are Sadio Mane and Jamal Musiala with five goals and five goals respectively.