The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each sides chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts TSG 1899 Hoffenheim under the spotlight.
Story so far
- Following an impressive eighth-place finish in the 2015/15 campaign, Hoffenheim's disappointing start to this season cost coach Markus Gisdol his job. After his successor, Huub Stevens, resigned in February 2016 due to health concerns, 28-year-old Jullian Nagelsmann stepped in to become the Bundesliga's youngest ever coach.
- Die Kraichgauer have spent all but six matchdays in the relegation places, but recent performances under the former academy coach have been impressive, with Matchday 27's 3-1 win at Hamburger SV punctuating a run of three wins from four games.
- Hoffenheim, who were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time at the end of the 2007/08 season, currently occupy the promotion/relegation play-off place. However, the foot of the table is so tightly packed that a win against 1.FC Köln on Matchday 28 could see the Sinsheim club climb as high as 14th if other results go their way.
Still to play for
- Top flight survival and an eighth consecutive Bundesliga season. Hoffenheim have Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover 96 - the only two teams below them in the table - still to play.
- Meanwhile, the Matchday 26 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg can give Nagelsmann's side confidence ahead of upcoming matches against other European aspirants such as Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Potential saviour: Andrej Kramaric
- The Croatia international was signed on loan from English Premier League pace-setters Leicester City FC in the winter transfer window and has proved a shrewd acquisition, with four Bundesliga goals to his name already.
- Add in his assist for Mark Uth's winner in the 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg on Matchday 24, and the 24-year-old has been directly involved in a goal every 91 minutes he has played.
- Kramaric has created 21 chances in his eight games - three of them from the bench - since signing on at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena.