Bayern Munich may be blazing a trail at the top of the Bundesliga standings, but they meet a Hoffenheim team intent on taming the reigning champions on Tuesday (kick-off 20:00CEST/18:00GMT).

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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.

Die Kraichgauer frightened the league leaders when the teams met on Matchday 10, taking the lead at the Allianz Arena before a Steven Zuber own goal tempered the visitors’ celebrations.     

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“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.  

Hoffenheim's win away to Hertha Berlin last Friday helped to keep their dream of a top-four finish alive. © gettyimages / Hitij / Bongarts

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Match Stats

  • 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.

The Venue - WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena