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Unbeaten record against Hoffenheim

Bayern have never lost to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. The 11 previous meetings have produced eight wins and three draws with 25 goals for and seven against. FCB have won the last four games on the bounce against TSG as the team from the Kraichgau region prepare to visit the Allianz Arena for the sixth time on Saturday. They have lost all their previous five visits.

Clash of the prolific

Bayern against Hoffenheim represents the clash of the two best attacking sides in the Bundesliga. FCB currently top the charts with 79 goals but Hoffenheim are second on 60. The biggest threat posed by TSG comes from Roberto Firmino, who has been involved in 23 goals in 26 appearances (13 goals, ten assists) and leads the goalscorer/provider rankings alongside Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski. Mario Mandzukic is the leading goalscorer for Bayern with 17 under his belt already. The 27-year-old heads the Bundesliga scorer list and aims to be the first Croat to finish the Bundesliga campaign as top goalscorer in the league.

Clash of opposites

Manuel Neuer has only conceded 13 goals in 27 games so far this season - the best record in the league. FCB face Hoffenheim who have let in the most goals in the league (59). They have only kept one clean sheet in the last 33 league games, conceding an average of 2.2 goals per game. TSG have shipped at least one goal in each of the past 18 away games.

Dingert in the middle

Christian Dingert is set to referee the first FC Bayern home game since the Reds secured the German league title. The 33-year-old civil servant from Lebecksmühle has previously officiated four Bundesliga games involving FCB, all four at the Allianz Arena - with Bayern winning all four without conceding. Sascha Stegemann and Frederick Assmuth are the assistant referees on Saturday with Thorsten Schriever acting as the fourth official.

New national coach for Robben

Arjen Robben has a new national team coach. As expected, Guus Hiddink will start his second period as Netherlands boss after the World Cup finals. The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced their decision on Friday. The 67-year-old is the successor to former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal and is charged with taking the men in orange to the 2016 European Championships in France. Holland face the Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan in the qualifiers.

Quote of the day

“If there’s one player I wouldn’t want to play against us it would be Thomas Müller. I think he’s Bayern Munich’s best player. You can’t catch him on the pitch.”
(Markus Gisdol, 1899 Hoffenheim coach, ahead of the away game in Munich)