Sinsheim - FC Bayern München will look to take the next step towards defending their Bundesliga title on Saturday afternoon, but they face a tricky visit to European hopefuls TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in order to do so (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT).

bundesliga.com has all the essential pre-match information ahead of the encounter at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena...

Bayern need just three more wins to wrap up the Bundesliga crown so will hold nothing back here, especially as they look to make amends for a disappointing showing in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The hosts, meanwhile, are in seventh and are eyeing a final push in the season finale to secure Europa League football next term.

Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol, who extended his contract at the club until 2018 on Thursday, has the vast majority of his first team squad available to him. The only player certain to miss out is cruciate ligament victim Niklas Süle (r.).

The guests have considerably more personnel worries. David Alaba (knee), Tom Starke (ankle), Javi Martinez (fitness), Bastian Schweinsteiger (flu), Arjen Robben (abdominal tear), Franck Ribery (ankle) and Medhi Benatia (muscle tear) are all still sidelined, while Philipp Lahm has also been ruled out with a stomach virus.

FC Porto's blueprint of how to beat Bayern involved pressing high up the pitch and harassing the defenders into making mistakes. The tactic yielded two of the Portuguese side's goals, so the hosts may try the same here. Pacy striker would be vital to that plan, although his movement, eye for a pass and finishing make him a serious threat anyway.

Bayern's main mischief-makers, Robben and Ribery, are still missing so 's nose for goal will again be crucial for the Bavarians. The Polish striker has gladly shouldered the goalscoring mantle in their absence, netting nine times in the last eight league games.

Gisdol (head coach): "Of course it hurts Bayern to be without Ribery and Robben, but whoever they field will be world-class. We'll try to create chances and to make the most of them. Our performances in our recent games haven't been bad but it's frustrating when you're left empty-handed."

Guardiola (head coach): "What happened on the pitch in Porto is my responsibility. We lost in Porto because of Pep. We have to take it on the chin. But we're still strong with these players. They are my heroes! We have a lot of injuries at the moment, but we mustn't complain."

Hoffenheim haven't been at their best lately and are without a win in three games, losing their last two outings against Gladbach and Köln. Even with injuries piling up, Bayern have played well and won their last two Bundesliga fixtures, although they were below par in the Champions League during the week.

There have been 13 Bundesliga meetings between these two, and Hoffenheim have never managed to win. There have been four draws, while Bayern have triumphed on nine occasions, including a 4-0 thrashing on Matchday 12 earlier this season.

Possible line-ups:

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Beck, Strobl, Bicakcic, Kim - Rudy, Polanski - Volland, Schwegler, Firmino - Modeste

Bayern: Neuer - Rafinha, Dante, Badstuber, Bernat - Alonso - Lahm, Rode - Müller, Götze - Lewandowski

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