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  • 1 October 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
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Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich Preview: Away side out to extend remarkable winning streak

Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich Preview: Away side out to extend remarkable winning streak

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Goal.com previews the action as the Bavarians take on the Sinsheim outfit, looking to continue their stunning defensive record and secure their grip on first place


PROBABLE LINEUPS

HOFFENHEIM

Starke
Beck, Vorsah, Compper, Braafheid
Rudy, Kaiser
Obasi, Firmino, Babel
Sigurdsson
BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez
Holger Stanislawski will have to do without the services of defenders Matthias Jaissleand Manuel Gulde, midfielders Sejad Salihovic, Fabian Johnson and Boris Vukcevic as well as striker Vedad Ibisevic. Youngster Dominik Kaiser is set to deputise for the Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder, while Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to spearhead the attack.

Partners in crime Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are set to finally reunite right from the start, meaning Toni Kroos is likely to settle for a place on the bench. Following his impressive performance agains Manchetser City, Jerome Boateng is set to retain his place in the team, meaning Daniel van Buyten would make way for the returning Holger Badstuber.

Defender Breno and striker Ivica Olic have been ruled out of the match as they are still recuperating from injuries.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Hoffenheim have never won against Bayern Munich, drawing twice and losing four times.
  • In the last home game against the Bavarians, Vedad Ibisevic scored the fastest goal in the Sinsheim outfit's history in the Bundesliga. It took the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker just 36 seconds to pierce Bayern Munich's defence, but his team could not hold on to the lead, and eventually lost 2-1.
  • Hoffenheim's Edson Braafheid joined from the Bavarians in last season's winter break together with David Alaba, while Luiz Gustavo went the other way. Since then the Austria international returned to Bayern and is set for a reunion with his former club.
  • Bayern Munich have twice won against Hoffenheim thanks to an injury-time strike.
  • The Bavarians have conceded only one goal in their opening seven games in the Bundesliga, a record bested only by Stuttgart in season 2003-2004.
  • Jupp Heynckes is yet to win as Bayern Munich coach against Hoffenheim. In his second spell as coach of the club, he managed a 2-2 draw against the Sinsheim outfit, with the Bavarians twice coming from behind through Franck Ribery and Luca Toni after goals from Demba Ba and Carlos Eduardo.

Players to watch

Roberto Firmino

Position: Midfielder

Games: 16

  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
The Brazilian attacker has been inspirational to Hoffenheim so far this season, dazzling the crowds with his flair and skill on his way to scoring four goals in seven games. He has proven to be the perfect support for Ryan Babel and Chinedu Obasi on the flanks, and is expected to shine against Bayern Munich as well.

F. Ribéry

Position: Midfielder

Games: 10

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
The French international seems unplayable right now, and Andreas Beck would not like a reunion with the winger, who, even when out of form, has always faced little to no trouble dealing with the Hoffenheim right-back. Ribery is in the limelight now, and is unlikely to step out of in on Saturday.

Editor's Prediction

Holger Stanislawski's men could have hardly picked a worse time to look for their first ever win against the Bavarians as Bayern Munich are in blistering form. Coming on the back of 2-0 win over Manchester City, while Hoffenheim had a reversed result against Koln last week, it is hard to overlook FC Hollywood as favourites for Saturday's clash.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hoffenheim

Bayern München

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim HOF
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Hoffenheim
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
95%

Top 3 Predictions

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim HOF
0 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim HOF
0 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim HOF
0 - 4
FC Bayern München BAY

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