Third-placed Hoffenheim will be out to put 15 points between them and eighth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach when they host the Foals on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30 CEST/13:30 GMT).
After missing the 2-1 defeat in Hamburg last time out, Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay is ready to return to the starting eleven. Eleven-goal striker Sandro Wagner should be over an ankle knock but Czech wing-back Pavel Kaderabek still has a back issue.
Gladbach beat Cologne 3-2 away in the Rhine Derby on Matchday 28 but it looks unlikely that Raffael will be able to start this week. The Brazilian attacker has tweaked his knee so Guinean winger Ibrahima Traore could start after coming on to score in Cologne.
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, Hübner - Toljan, Rudy, Demirbay, Zuber - Wagner, Szalai, Kramaric
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Abstentees: Kaderabek (back)
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt - Hofmann, Dahoud, Strobl, Traore - Stindl, Hahn
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Kramer (knee), Johnson (thigh), Jantschke (muscle), Schulz (light training)
Watch: Gladbach's 3-2 win over Cologne in the Rhine derby
- Hoffenheim are unbeaten at home but have not won in six Bundesliga games against the visitors. They last won 2-1 at home in September 2013.No member of the current home squad has a positive record against Gladbach.Jonas Hofmann came through the Hoffenheim youth academy but made his Bundesliga debut (for Borussia Dortmund) against his first team on 16 December 2012.Gladbach are second in the table after Bayern in the second half of the season - earning 22 points. They have only had more points after 11 Rückrunde games once in the last 42 years.The Foals have lost just one of the 11 away matches in all competitions under Dieter Hecking (2-1 at Hamburg in March).Patrick Herrmann has five goals in his last four appearances against Hoffenheim – he only has more against Leverkusen.