- Hoffenheim unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season.
- Hertha currently one point and point place above their hosts in the standings.
- Home side have won last four consecutive league matches.
Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim are one of just three sides still without a loss this season, and Matchday 8's 3-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen was an emphatic show of muscle. Having passed that test with flying colours, the south-western outfit will be keen to deliver more positive answers and keep their momentum going.
Hertha may have been beaten once – by FC Bayern München – yet they lead their hosts by a point, having won five of their eight games so far this season. Pal Dardai's men underlined their credentials by ending 1. FC Köln's unbeaten start to the season last weekend, a week after emerging from Dortmund unscathed. With such results, they will have no fears in Sinsheim this Sunday.
- Hoffenheim are on a four-game winning streak – their longest winning run in seven years and one short of a club record from eight years ago.
- Hoffenheim have 16 points after eight games – the same they had at this stage only in 2008, their debut season in the Bundesliga.
- Hertha have 17 points, which is the best haul they have ever had at this stage of a Bundesliga season.
- Sandro Wagner, who faces his former club, has scored in his last three games, meaning he already has more than in all his 40 appearances for Hertha (two goals).
- Vedad Ibisevic, who likewise meets his former employers, is also on a hot streak with five goals and two assists in his last four outings.
- In a league table since Nagelsmann took charge of Hoffenheim, his side would be third behind Bayern and Dortmund with 39 points from 22 games (11 wins, six draws, five defeats).