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  • October 1, 2011
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
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Bundesliga Preview: Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich

Bundesliga Preview: Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich

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Goal.com previews the action as the Bavarians take on the Sinsheim outfit looking to extend their remarkable winning streak and tighten 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 and Manuel Gulde, midfielders Sejad Salihovic, Fabian Johnson and Boris Vukcevic as well as striker Vedad Ibisevic. Youngster Dominik Kaiser is set to deputize 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 against Manchester 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 has 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 defense, 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 has 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 has 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.

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Available Squads
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
2Andreas BeckDefender
5Marvin CompperDefender
25Isaac VorsahDefender
28Edson BraafheidDefender
6Sebastian RudyMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
28Daniel WilliamsDefender
10Roberto FirminoMidfielder
19Chinedu Ogbuke ObasiStriker
-Ryan BabelStriker
1Daniel HaasMidfielder
26Andreas IbertsbergerDefender
29Jannik VestergaardDefender
21Dominik KaiserMidfielder
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
9Sven SchipplockStriker
8Knowledge MusonaStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
21Philipp LahmDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
39Toni KroosMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
26Diego ContentoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
24Nils PetersenStriker

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