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