Hoffenheim have been alternating between wins and draws recently, with Andrej Kramaric’s eighth goal of the season earning them a point in Freiburg last time out. Julian Nagelsmann’s side have scored 11 goals in their last three home matches and a fourth win in a row in front of their own supporters would put 14 points between them and Leverkusen in tenth.
Roger Schmidt was dismissed by Leverkusen because their hopes of replicating last season’s third placed finish were fading fast, but Tayfun Korkut’s first game in charge since taking over ended in disappointment. A 1-1 draw at home to Werder Bremen did put a stop to a three-game losing run in all competitions but their faint hopes of reeling in fourth-placed Hoffenheim suffered another blow. Following a midweek trip to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Korkut will hope his side can get back on track with a fifth away win of the campaign.
- Hoffenheim have won just one more Bundesliga match than Leverkusen this season but they have lost nine fewer games than the visitors.
- Kevin Volland moved to Leverkusen from Hoffenheim last summer. He scored 33 goals and made 41 more in 132 league matches for the home side.
- The Germany international was sent off after only six minutes of the reverse fixture between these sides in October. His former team went on to win 3-0.
- Volland went 10 league games without a goal for his new club but he has now scored three in his last five.
- Leverkusen’s players set a new club record for the season by running a collective 121 kilometres last weekend in what was Tayfun Korkut’s first game in charge.
- Korkut won none of his last 13 Bundesliga matches with Hannover – meaning he has now gone 14 games without a victory as a top-flight manager.