Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Bayern slip gives champions chance to close gap
Jurgen Klopp's men will be hoping for a few early Christmas presents and a much-needed win as they prepare to take on the league's leakiest defence at the Rhein Neckar Arena
By Harry Slavin
Beck, Delpierre, Compper, Johnson
Williams, Rudy, Salihovic
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Borussia Dortmund go into their game against Hoffenheim this Sunday knowing that they have the opportunity to cut Bayern Munich's advantage at the top of the table down to 12 points after the runaway leaders were held at home by Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday evening.
Dortmund are expected to name an unchanged side for their visit to Rhein Neckar Arena, despite their frustrating 3-2 home defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp can once again call on the services of Marcel Schmelzer after the it was decided that his questionable sending off in the last round did not merit a suspension.
Moritz Leitner is also expected to keep his place alongside Ilkay Gundogan in midfield as both Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl are still sidelined with groin and knee problems, respectively.
The hosts meanwhile have no fresh injury or suspension worries as they prepare to take on the German champions.
Hoffenheim lost their first game under the guidance Frank Kramer against Hamburg last weekend, following the dismissal of coach Markus Babbel and the interim trainer will be hoping for better fortune against Dortmund with his side currently sitting six points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off spot.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Hoffenheim have the leakiest defence in the entire Bundesliga having already conceded 38 goals this season, nine more than any other side in the league.
- The side's fans have had little to cheer about at Rhein Neckar Arena of late with the team losing all of its last three home games.
- The Sinsheim outfit has lost just twice in their last eight league games with BVB.
- Borussia Dortmund are in danger of going four league games without a win on Sunday, something they haven't suffered since September 2009.
- The German champions have already lost 3 matches this season, the same number they lost in their entire 2011/12 campaign.
- Coach Jurgen Klopp suggested full-back Marcel Schmelzer (pictured, right) should have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace after the way he conducted himself after being wrongly dismissed in their 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend.
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Top 3 Predictions
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 15.9 %
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 11.54 %
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 10.26 %
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||14 Dec 2013||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||18 May 2013||Borussia Dortmund 1 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||16 Dec 2012||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||28 Jan 2012||Borussia Dortmund 3 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||13 Aug 2011||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|TSG 1899 Hoffenheim|
|8 Mar 2014||FC Schalke 04 4 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0||BUN|
|2 Mar 2014||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 6 - VfL Wolfsburg 2||BUN|
|22 Feb 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2||BUN|
|15 Feb 2014||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4 - VfB Stuttgart 1||BUN|
|12 Feb 2014||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 3||GERC|
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