FC Ingolstadt 04 are desperate to register their first victory of the new Bundesliga season as they welcome unbeaten TSG 1899 Hoffenheim to the Audi Sportpark on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT).
After their opening day draw at Hamburger SV, it’s all been downhill for Ingolstadt, with successive defeats against Hertha Berlin (0-2), FC Bayern München (1-3), Eintracht Frankfurt (0-2) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (0-2). Admittedly, the fixture schedule hasn’t been too kind on Markus Kauczinski’s side, who did show greater promise against Gladbach last time out. Three points at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday could give them the confidence boost they need to finally kick-start their campaign.
Hoffenheim were still chasing their first win of the season when they hosted rock-bottom FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 5. Goals from Andrej Kramaric and Lukas Rupp saw Julian Nagelsmann’s men take the three points and pile more misery on the Royal Blues, who still have no points after five games. Hoffenheim drew their first four outings – including a barnstorming comeback against 1. FSV Mainz 05 – and will be keen to maintain their unbeaten start at the Audi Sportpark.
- Hoffenheim secured their first win on Matchday 5.The club are still unbeaten this season, after kicking off the campaign with four draws.Hoffenheim’s 2-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 moved them into the top half of the Bundesliga table.Ingolstadt’s new head coach Markus Kauczinski is still looking for his first Bundesliga win.Ingolstadt have only picked up one point in their first five matches. In fact, Die Schanzer are on a ten-match winless streak in the Bundesliga, stretching back to last season.In eleven Bundesliga matches, Ingolstadt goalkeeper Örjan Nyland has never managed a clean sheet.