Bayern are in scintillating form and Tuesday night’s demolition job over Chelsea in the Champions League has only served to emphasise the task ahead of Hoffenheim if they are to take anything from the clash.
The home side have had an inconsistent season. After just one win from their first six league games, they appeared to have turned a corner after a run of five consecutive wins was kicked off with a shock victory away at Saturday’s opponents Bayern. However, a recent run which has seen them fail to win any of their last four games has seen their season falter.
Stopping the rot against Hans-Dieter Flick’s men could prove an uphill task.
Where to watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 29 February|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||14:30 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played||PreZero-Arena|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Bayern.tv|
Alexander Stolz, Ilay Elmkies and Munas Dabbur are all doubts for the game and could also miss out.
For the visitors Niklas Sule is again ruled out, his cruciate ligament rupture is expected to see him sidelined until as late as May.
Ivan Perisic is the only other notable absentee for Bayern as he continues rehab from an ankle injury.
|Hoffenheim||Baumann; Rudy, Nordtveit, Hübner; Kadeřábek; Samassekou, Grillitsch, Skov; Bruun Larsen, Kramarić, Baumgartner.|
|Bayern Munich||Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Thiago; Gnabry, Coutinho, Muller; Lewandowski.|
The last time the two teams met they served up a treat for the neutrals as Bayern narrowly edged out Hoffenheim with a 4-3 win in the DFB-Pokal.
Despite their poor record the home side will need no further encouragement than their last league outing against last season’s champions. Their shock 2-1 win at the Alianz Arena was Bayern’s first defeat of the season, as Hoffenheim go in search of an unlikely double.
Hoffenheim still have plenty to play for. They sit just two points outside the Europa League places, but their European ambitions have been severely dented by a poor recent run. A good result on Saturday could be just what they need to spark their season back into life.
Bayern on the other hand are hitting form at the right time. Ten wins from their previous 11 competitive games sees them still fighting for silverware both domestically and in Europe.
Here's how both sides have fared in their last five matches:
|M’gladbach 1-1 Hoffenheim (22/02)||Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich |
|Hoffenheim 2-3 Wolfsburg (15/02)||Bayern Munich 3-2 Paderborn (21/02)|
|Freiburg 1-0 Hoffenheim (08/02)||FC Koln 1-4 Bayern Munich (16/02)|
|Bayern Munich 4-3 Hoffenheim (05/02)||Bayern Munich 0-0 RB Leipzig (09/02)|
|Hoffenheim 2-1 Leverkusen (01/02)||Bayern Munich 4-3 Hoffenheim (05/02)|
Bayern have been far from their usual imperious self in this season’s Bundesliga, with four league defeats already on their record this campaign.
That being said, last season’s champions are still top of the tree and look to be hitting form just at the right time – just as champions usually do.
The midweek thrashing of Chelsea will send a message to the rest of Europe and they’ll no doubt be on a high coming into this one.
Prediction: Hoffenheim 0-3 Bayern Munich