Summary

  • Hoffenheim are only one of two sides in Europe who are unbeaten.
  • Dortmund look to gain ground on their opponents.
  • A win could see Hoffenheim in the title chase.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be ferociously defending their unbeaten Bundesliga record on Friday (kick-off 20:30CET/19:30GMT) when they face Borussia Dortmund.

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One of just two teams in Europe's top leagues still to be beaten this season – the other being no less than UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid CF – Julian Nagelsmann's side have a one-point advantage over their guests to keep intact or even build upon, with a place in the top three up for grabs with a victory.

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Dortmund's recent inconsistencies have seen them beat FC Bayern München but then drop points at Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Köln. They will be hoping their next trip away from the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK can see a repeat of their journey to Hamburger SV, when they came out 5-2 winners, thanks to four goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The league's leading scorer could be Thomas Tuchel's key man again in Sinsheim as Dortmund also eye a place in the top three.

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Hoffenheim have an impressive record under Julian Nagelsmann.

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Match Stats

  • Dortmund drew away to Köln on Matchday 14 and lost in Frankfurt on Matchday 12. Die Schwarzgelben have never gone three straight games away from home without a win under Tuchel.
  • Hoffenheim coach Nagelsmann has collected 49 points from 28 games in charge. Only Bayern (68) and Dortmund (58) have been better in that stretch.
  • TSG have lost just one match at home under Nagelsmann, winning nine and drawing four.
  • Sebastian Rudy scored both home and away in this fixture last season. Those two goals were his last two in the Bundesliga.
  • With 17 goals in 2016, Sandro Wagner is the most prolific German goalscorer of the calendar year (Among scorers of all nationalities, Wagner is fourth - behind, among others, Aubameyang).
  • Hoffenheim have scored six goals from distance this season, a league high. Dortmund are alone among Bundesliga sides in not having scored a single goal from a long shot.

The Venue - WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena