With goals guaranteed in their games, Markus Gisdol's side have been worth the entrance fee in all of their league outings this term. However, as bundesliga.com discovers, entertainment does not equal success, even if Hoffenheim can afford to be satisfied with their campaign at this juncture.
Hoffenheim earned a second chance in the top flight by avoiding relegation in dramatic circumstances last May, and they have been determined to seize it. Gisdol's charges play an industrious, attack-minded game which has had their fans in raputres and despair in like measure. The side began to slide when the goals conceded started to outweigh those scored, but Hoffenheim always stick to their principles and are comfortably on course to acheive their aim of staying in the Bundesliga.
Given that Roberto Firmino has scored eight goals and set up a further six, there is an air of expectation whenever he touches the ball. The fleet-footed Brazilian has the Hoffenheim faithful on their feet whenever he gains possession in the final third of the field, and the midfielder's link-up play with strikers Kevin Volland and Anthony Modeste has been sensational, helping make Hoffenheim the league's third-highest scorers so far.
Indeed, only FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have found the net more frequently than Hoffenheim's 36 so far this season. Yet Firmino and Co. are not only near the top of the goals scored column, as with 38 conceded they lead the way when it comes to goals against (equal with Hamburger SV). On the whole, matches involving Hoffenheim have averaged 4.35 goals per game.
"All this to and fro, spectacle blah, blah, blah – it's a load of rubbish! We want to win games!" Hoffenheim's captain Sejad Salihovic is only partly enchanted by his side's attacking style of play, preferring a 1-0 win to a 4-3. "It's important we get some consistency at the back," he added in the Bild newspaper.
Hoffenheim's attacking style certainly suits Kevin Volland right down to the ground and the 21-year-old has scored seven times already this season. He doesn't shy away from providing for his team-mates either, creating 63 chances and sending in 36 shots on goal in his 16 appearances to date.