Bayern out to preserve unbeaten record against Hoffenheim

Sinsheim - In their first away game of the season, FC Bayern München make the trip to Sinsheim to face a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim side that have never beaten the Bavarians in their seven seasons of top-flight existence.

Having scored five without reply in the official season opener, the Reds' title defence has got off to the perfect start. For Hoffenheim, on the end of a narrow 2-1 loss at Bayer 04 Leverkusen last time out, an even sterner test awaits this week, with Pep Guardiola's men looking to build on a run of ten wins and four draws from the sides' 14 league encounters. bundesliga.com previews the action at the WIRSOL Rhine-Neckar-Arena...



Top facts

    Bayern sit top of the table after Matchday 1 for a record tenth time. In five of the previous nine such instances, that is where they have finished at the end of the season.

    Hoffenheim and Hamburger SV are the only Bundesliga teams without a competitive win this term after defeats in the DFB Cup first round and on Matchday 1.

    Hoffenheim could find themselves on the end of successive season-opening defeats for the second time since 2012/13, if they lose to Bayern.

    The last of Kevin Kuranyi’s 111 Bundesliga goals came against Bayern, while the last of Arturo Vidal’s Bundesliga strikes came against Hoffenheim.

    Hoffenheim have faced 27 different Bundesliga teams, but Bayern are the only one they are yet to beat.

    Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has put more goals past Oliver Baumann than any other goalkeeper (nine).

    David Alaba has gone 99 games without being booked. Baumann is the only other current Bundesliga player on a longer card-less run.

Team news

1899 Hoffenheim

Possible line-ups: Baumann - Kaderabak, Schär, Süle, Kim - Schwegeler, Polanski - Zuber, Volland, Schmid - Kuranyi

Absentees: Hamad (knee), Herdling (knee)


Possible line-ups: Neuer - Boateng, Benatia, Alaba - Lahm, Alonso - Robben, Vidal, T. Müller, Douglas Costa - Lewandowski

Absentees: Badstuber (knee), Martinez (knee), Kirchhoff (knee), Ribery (ankle)