Bayern Munich begin their quest to win an seventh consecutive Bundesliga title when they host Hoffenheim on Friday.
New manager Niko
Hoffenheim are entering their final season under the stewardship of Julian Nagelsmann, before the highly-rated young coach takes over at RB Leipzig next summer. Nagelsmann steered Hoffenheim to 3rd last season, their highest ever league finish.
Hoffenheim were one of just four teams to beat Bayern in the league last season - can they repeat that feat on Friday?
Bayern Munich 3-3 Hoffenheim (29 March 2014)
Bayern Munich had beaten Hoffenheim in all five of their previous meetings at the Allianz Arena before they came unstuck in this classic encounter in the 2013/14 season.
Bayern had already clinched the title with seven games to spare and they seemed to be running on autopilot when Anthony Modeste gave Hoffenheim the lead after 23 minutes.
However, it looked as if it would be
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Potential Starting Lineups
Bayern Munich (4-1-2-3): Neuer; Alaba, Sule, Hummels, Kimmich; Martinez; Muller, Tolisso; Ribery, Lewandowski, Robben
Hoffenheim (5-3-2): Baumann; Schultz, Bicakcic, Akpoguma, Vogt, Kaderabek; Bittencourt, Zuber, Grifo; Szalai, Joelinton
Not since the 2011/12 season have Bayern failed to start their season with a victory. Indeed, they have made light work of their first fixture in recent years, scoring 14 goals in their last three opening matches.
Hoffenheim face an almost impossible task to replicate last season's achievements, although a win at the Allianz Arena would certainly start them off on the right foot. However, they have never won away against Bayern, and lost 5-2 here last season.
Indeed, there is generally a guarantee of goals when these two sides meet - between them, they've shared 61 goals in their 20 meetings at an average of 3.05 per match. It should be entertaining fare once again, but the champions are likely to have too much for their visitors.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Hoffenheim