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  • March 3, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
  • • Attendance: 30150

Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians continue title assault

Hoffenheim-Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians continue title assault


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



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

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

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.

  • 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.


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Available Squads
19David AbrahamDefender
16Fabian JohnsonDefender
2Patrick OchsMidfielder
29Jannik VestergaardDefender
17Stephan SchröckDefender
28Daniel WilliamsDefender
17Tobias WeisMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
10Igor De CamargoStriker
31Kevin VollandStriker
30Koen CasteelsGoalkeeper
-Pelle JensenDefender
10Roberto FirminoMidfielder
-Luis AdvínculaMidfielder
30Afriyie AcquahMidfielder
19Eren DerdiyokStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
Players to Watch
Kevin Volland
Kevin Volland
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 4

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