TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will look to continue their upward trend when they host 1. FC Köln on Sunday (17:30CEST/15:30GMT).

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The Sinsheim club moved out of the bottom two and into the relegation play-off spot with victory over Hamburger SV on Matchday 27, and can make it three wins on the bounce with three points at home to Köln.

Watch: Hamburg 1-3 Hoffenheim – match highlights

Julian Nagelsmann has instilled welcome belief in the Hoffenheim ranks, but the Bundesliga's youngest-ever permanent head coach will not need reminding that the mid-table Billy Goats - aside from being one of the top flight's most stubborn outfits - are themselves in need of points to tie up their place in the division for another season.

Watch: Köln 0-1 FC Bayern – match highlights

History

Matchday 11 rewind: Köln 0-0 Hoffenheim

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Nagelsmann's predecessor Huub Stevens took charge of Hoffenheim for the first time in a battling goalless draw at Köln's RheinEnergieSTADION.

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 28 - match stats

  • Hoffenheim have amassed 13 points in seven matches under Nagelsmann. Only FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have picked up more in that time.
  • Hoffenheim last won three Bundesliga matches in a row in 2010 when Ralf Rangnick was in charge.
  • Köln have only nine points to show for their ten Rückrunde matches so far, but did post wins over bottom two sides Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96.
  • Köln head coach Peter Stöger celebrates his 1,007th day at the helm on Matchday 28.
  • Hoffenheim's Cologne-born striker Mark Uth has scored three of the club's six home goals on Nagelsmann's watch.
  • Köln have lost only one of their last eight away games - the Matchday 22 Rhine derby against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
  • Hoffenheim have lost all five of their games played on a Sunday this term.
  • Former Hoffenheim striker Anthony Modeste had seven efforts on goal in the reverse fixture but failed to find the net.
  • Hoffenheim and Köln are the only two Bundesliga teams not to have scored a long-range goal this season.

Possible line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kaderabek, Bicakcic, Süle, Toljan – Strobl – Rudy (c), Amiri – Uth, Volland – Kramaric

Absentees: Herdling, Grahl, Schwegler (all knee), Elyounoussi (light training)

Köln: Horn - Sörensen, Maroh, Mavraj, Heintz, Hector - Risse, Lehmann (c), Gerhardt, Bittencourt – Modeste

Absentees: Vogt (thigh)

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