The Sinsheim club’s 2-1 defeat by RB Leipzig on Matchday 18 was their first of the season, but things had started well when Nadiem Amiri gave them an early lead. The result saw them slip out of the UEFA Champions League places and coach Julian Nagelsmann will be keen for his side return to winning ways at the first opportunity.
Elsewhere, Mainz claimed a point last time out when Danny Latza’s late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund. The 05ers have been busy in the transfer market since, bringing in Bojan Krkic on loan to give Martin Schmidt’s side some firepower to propel them up the table in the second half of the season.
- Hoffenheim became the last team in Europe’s top five leagues to lose last weekend when they were beaten by Leipzig.
- Nagelsmann’s side have only won two of their last nine in the league.
- Mainz have won just once in seven matches and are yet to beat a current top-six side.
- While Hoffenheim are unbeaten at home this term (W4, D5), Mainz have lost their last five on the road, their poorest away run in 11 years.