Sat, 27/01/18, 09:00
20th meeting between Bayern and Hoffenheim
12 wins, five draws and two defeats – Bayern’s overall record against 1899 Hoffenheim speaks for itself. Indeed, the men from Munich have never lost to Julian Nagelsmann’s side at the Allianz Arena. Be warned, though: the record German champions are winless in their last three meetings with TSG! fcbayern.com has gathered some other facts and figures on the 20th Bundesliga encounter between the two sides:
A meeting of generations
The oldest coach in the Bundesliga this season goes up against the youngest. Jupp Heynckes already had 641 Bundesliga games under his belt as both a player and coach when Nagelsmann was born in 1987.
Can Bayern’s home run keep going?
The league leaders are unbeaten in their last 31 Bundesliga home games, winning 25 of them. It’s their best run at the Allianz Arena, with their longest unbeaten run of 33 home league games coming between 2001 and 2003 at the Olympic Stadium. But FCB are a tough nut to crack whatever the competition. They have scored at least one goal in each of their last 66 competitive games in front of their own fans. The club’s only better run of this kind was 77 games between 1979 and 1982.
Hoffenheim looking to improve away form
The visitors have been struggling on their travels lately, winning just one of their last 11 away games in all competitions (three draws and seven defeats). Their last victory was in November at Köln.
Heads above the rest
The Reds have already scored nine headed goals this season, the most in the Bundesliga!
For Sandro Wagner, Saturday’s match offers a prompt reunion with the club he left over the winter break. Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy face their former employers for the second time this season, while David Alaba also has links to Hoffenheim having played 17 games for them on loan during the 2010/11 season. Serge Gnabry is now following the same path: the Germany international is on loan at TSG from Bayern and goes up against his future teammates on Saturday.
Bayern duo Rafinha and Arturo Vidal are both on four bookings this season, meaning they’re one away from a one-match ban. None of the Hoffenheim squad are walking the tightrope.
Gräfe to take charge
Talking of cards, FIFA referee Manuel Gräfe is the man in the middle for the 20th Bundesliga meeting between Bayern and Hoffenheim. Assisting him will be Markus Sinn from Filderstadt and Arno Blos from Deizisau. The fourth official is Timo Gerach from Landua, while Guido Winkman has the job of video assistant.