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  • March 3, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
  • • Attendance: 30150
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Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians continue title assault

Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians continue title assault

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Jupp Heynckes' side go into the weekend 17 points clear in the Bundesliga, and will be confident of victory against the hosts, who sit in the drop zone

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

HOFFENHEIM

Gomes
Ochs, Abraham, Vestergaard, Johnson
Weis, Williams
Schrock, Volland, Usami
De Camargo
BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez

Bayern Munich are set to make two changes from the side that overcame Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Luiz Gustavo is set to get a rare start against his old club in the place of Javi Martinez, and Mario Gomez could replace Mario Mandzukic up front.

Holger Badstuber, Rafinha and Claudio Pizarro, however, remain injured.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, are missing a host of players ahead of the visit of the league leaders. Andreas Beck and Eugen Polanski are both suspended after picking up five yellow cards each.

While Chris, Matthieu Delpierre, Sebastian Rudy, Sejad Salihovic and Boris Vukcevic are all sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Hoffenheim have never beaten Bayern Munich in their nine Bundesliga clashes with die Roten.
  • Igor de Camargo has not ended up on the losing side against Bayern Munich in his four Bundesliga games against the Bavarians.
  • Hoffenheim have already lost 15 games this season - a club record high.
  • Bayern have won 10 of their 11 away games in the Bundesliga this season, picking up 94 per cent of the points available on the road.
  • Mario Gomez (pictured, right) has scored a goal every 71 minutes. His striking rival, Mario Mandzukic has an average of one every 96.
  • Manuel Neuer has gone five games without conceding at the Rhein Neckar Arena - a total of 494 minutes.

Players to watch

K. Volland

Position: Attacker

Games: 15

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The youngster's form has been one of the brighter points in Hoffenheim's season, and he will be particularly keen to show that he is capable of challenging the best and win a move to a bigger club this summer.

B. Schweinsteiger

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

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The Germany international looked to be somewhere approaching his best on Wednesday against Dortmund, and will be hoping to show everyone that he is not in decline, as has been suggested.

Editor's Prediction

Bayern Munich are not only a class above everyone in the Bundesliga this season, but Hoffenheim are in freefall and are in danger of the drop. Following their win over Dortmund in midweek, Bayern will be confident and of recording yet another victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Hoffenheim

Bayern München

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