Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim: Preview, Team News, Possible Lineups, And Prediction
Hoffenheim will be looking to set aside their sorry showing against Bayer Leverkusen in last weekend’s match and look for a better result against the league leaders.
Bayern Munich welcome Hoffenheim to the Allianz Arena in Munich in the German Bundesliga match this weekend. Bayern, who have a comfortable lead at the top of the Bundesliga table won their last match against Werder Bremen 4-2 at home as Thomas Muller, and Robert Lewandowski both scored braces for the Bavarians.
Hoffenheim’s last match was a 4-1 loss away against Bayer Leverkusen. Lucas Alario scored two goals for the away side, and Leon Bailey put in an impressive performance against a hapless Hoffenheim side.
Bayern have a healthy 16-point lead at the top ahead of Bayer Leverkusen. The team from Munich have collected an impressive 47 points from the first 19 matches of the season. Hoffenheim are 9th on the table and are separated from this weekend’s opponents by 20 points. The schedule is very tight aside from the leaders as just four points separate second place Leverkusen and ninth place Hoffenheim.
Head to Head
The two teams have faced each other 19 times in the German Bundesliga before this weekend’s match. Bayern Munich have enjoyed victories in the majority of these matches as there have been 12 wins for Bayern.
On the other hand, Hoffenheim have had a miserable time facing the Bavarians as they have won just twice in this fixture. There have been five draws between these two in the league. One of the two wins for Hoffenheim over Bayern came when the two sides met earlier in the season in September as Uth scored a brace for the home side in a 2-0 win.
Bayern’s first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is still out with a Metatarsal fracture that he suffered earlier in the season and is unlikely to be back in action until March. Central midfielder Thiago has a muscle injury and is also a long-term absentee from the Bayern team. Central midfielder Arturo Vidal and right-back Rafinha will miss the next match if they pick up a booking in this match as they already have accumulated four yellow cards so far in the season.
Kerem Demirbay has a hamstring injury, and the attacking midfielder will miss this match. Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel has an illness and will not feature in this weekend’s match. Centre forward Adam Szalai is suspended for Hoffenheim due to a red card he picked up in the last game.
Bayern Munich Vs Hoffenheim Lineups (Predicted XI)
Bayern Munich (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Ulreich (GK)
Defenders: Bernat (LB) Sule (LCB) Boateng (RCB) Kimmich (RB)
Midfielders: Ribery (LM) Rodriguez (CM) Martinez (CDM) Robben (RM)
Attackers: Muller (CF) Lewandowski (ST)
Goalkeeper: Baumann (GK)
Defenders: Hubner (LCB) Vogt (CB) Bicakcic (RCB)
Midfielders: Rupp (LM) Geiger (LCM) Grillitsch (CDM) Zuber (RCM) Kaderabek (RM)
Attackers: Gnabry (LS) Szalai (RS)
The visitors looked helpless against a spirited Leverkusen attack. Bayern Munich look like they are running away with the title as they have opened up a healthy lead over all their chasers this season.
Jupp Heynckes will hope his side keep on getting the results and continue their fine form as they march towards the Bundesliga title. Julian Nagelsmann will be hoping that his side can repeat their performance against Bayern in their last meeting earlier in the season and upset Heynckes’ table toppers.
Hoffenheim must be aiming for the Champions League places this season, and a result against the champions will be an excellent platform for the team to kick off their second half of the season after the disappointing loss last week. It is easier said than done as Bayern, with Lewandowski in fine form are looks a daunting task for Hoffenheim.
Our forecast is a 2-0 win for Bayern.