Steep Dortmund test awaits for struggling Hoffenheim

Sinsheim - With rampant Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in town on Wednesday, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim will be hoping for a rapid reversal in form and fortunes (kick-off 20:00 CEST/18:00 GMT).

Top facts

    Dortmund's tally of five wins and an 18-3 goal difference is the best start of any Bundesliga team ever.By contrast, Hoffenheim have picked up just one of a possible 15 points so far. Before this season, they have always had at least six points by this stage.Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol has lost six successive games for the first time since taking charge in April 2013.Only two clubs have ever scored more than the 18 goals Dortmund have in the opening five games of a season - 1.FC Köln (19 in 1977/78) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (20 in 1973/74).Thomas Tuchel's men have scored four goals in each of their last two away games - becoming the first team to do so since Eintracht Frankfurt in 1993/94 (0-4 in Mönchengladbach and 1-5 in Nuremberg).Dortmund play five of the next six competitive fixtures away from home.Hoffenheim have lost three times after taking the lead this season - the other 17 teams combined have only done so on four occasions.Kevin Kuranyi has failed to score in his last ten Bundesliga outings, the longest goal drought of his career in the German top flight.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has found the net in all five BVB games to date.Tuchel faced Hoffenheim ten times as 1. FSV Mainz 05 coach and recorded six wins, more than against any other Bundesliga opponent.

Possible line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Kaderabek, Bicakcic, Süle, Kim - Schwegler - Rudy, Polanski - Volland, Schmid - Vargas

Absentees: Elyounoussi (thigh), Hamad, Herdling

Dortmund: Bürki - Ginter, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Weigl - Gündogan, Kagawa - Reus, Mkhitaryan - Aubameyang

Absentees: Durm (knee), Sahin