Hoffenheim - unbeaten in their last six games - have a proud home record to defend with Bayern in town this week. As one of only three teams yet to taste defeat in their own backyard in the Bundesliga this season [Bayern and Borussia Dortmund being the other two] Julian Nagelsmann’s men will no doubt be feeling brave as they seek to maintain third place in what has been a fine campaign thus far for the Sinsheim-based side.
“The atmosphere in the team is great, we’re in fine form and feeling good,” Bayern defender Jerome Boateng said after his team’s 6-0 drubbing of Augsburg at the weekend. The reigning champions – currently closing on a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title, have by far the best away record in the German top-flight this season, winning ten times in 13 road trips, an ominous warning for the hosts.
- Bayern could secure automatic qualification to the Champions League in this match. Fourth place (the Champions League play-off) is already mathematically guaranteed.
- FCB have not conceded a Bundesliga goal in 519 minutes.
- Robert Lewandowski’s record of a goal every 103 minutes for Bayern is better than Gerd Müller (105).
- Javi Martinez has won his last 15 Bundesliga games away from home. A win at TSG would move him beyond Franck Ribery’s all-time record.
- The oldest coach in the league meets the youngest (Ancelotti is 57, Nagelsmann 29).
- Andrej Kramaric is scored seven of his ten goals this season after the winter break.