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Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :January 10, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 11:37 AM
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Novojyoti Bhattacharjee


Bayern Munich welcome Hoffenheim in a bid to close the gap to the league leaders to one point

Despite a pathetic performance against Frankfurt, the Bavarians have put on an impressive run of form lately, bringing them close to the top. Thomas Tuchel will be pleased with the performance of his side overall. With the possible arrival of Eric Dier and a few additions to the team Tuchel will feel he has every tool to achieve important trophies this season. In spite of this, he will have to improve the defence as it has been their weak point this season despite their attacking prowess.

As Pellegrino’s first full season as Hoffenheim manager, the team started the season brilliantly, staying in the top five for the first couple of matches. Recently, however, their form has dipped, and they now find themselves in seventh place in the table. In the last seven matches, they have won only 1 and are out of contention for European places.

In order to get back into contention, they will need to start winning matches. In order for Pellegrino’s side to perform at their best, they must improve their attacking prowess and become more resilient defensively.

Kick-Off:

Saturday, 13 January, 1:00 AM (IST)

Location: Allianz Arena, Germany

Form:

Bayern Munich (in all competitions): D-W-W-W-L

Hoffenheim (in all competitions): L-D-L-W-L

Player to Watch

Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)

Kane is having the best season of his life at Bayern, scoring 21 goals in 15 matches. He is on track to surpass Lewandowski’s best season for Bayern. Bayern are one of the feared sides this season due to his lethal finishing and linkup play. In order to win his maiden trophy, he will be looking to take Bayern to the next level.

Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)

The last couple of seasons have seen Andrej Kramaric become a reliable player for Hoffenheim. So far, this season he has scored 6 goals for Hoffenheim, who have only won one of their last five matches. He has proven time and time again to be the decisive factor for the side. Kramaric will be tasked with guiding Hoffenheim into the top 5 once again this year. 

Match Facts

  • Bayern are unbeaten in the last five matches against Hoffenheim
  • Harry Kane is the top scorer in the Bundesliga with 21 goals
  • Hoffenheim haven’t kept a clean sheet in 13 matches

Injury and Team News

Thomas Tuchel might recall de Ligt to the starting eleven to replace the outgoing Kim Jin Jae who will be heading for the Asian Cup. The Bavarians will also be missing a handful of players with Gnabry, Mazraoui, Sarr, Buchanan, and Peretz are the other players who will be missing this tie with injuries.

Pellegrino has been unfortunate with injury this season with two of his key players John and Berisha out with long term injuries after suffering cruciate ligament injury. Conte and Geiger are the other two absentees in this match.

Head to Head

Total matches- 28

Bayern Munich- 19

Hoffenheim- 4

Draw- 5

Predicted lineup

Bayern Munich Predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Never; Laimer, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Guerreiro; Musiala, Muller, Sane; Kane

Hoffenheim Predicted lineup (3-4-3):

Baumann; Kabak, Brooks, Vogt; Skov, Stach, Prömel, Kaderabak; Bülter, Kramaric, Bebou

Match Prediction for Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim

Bayern have bounced back from the heavy humbling against Frankfurt to put in a series of impressive performances in the last couple of matches. Hoffenheim, who have been out of form lately, face another huge challenge. Although Bayern will fancy their chances in this match, they will need to display strong defensive play in order to not give their opponents any hope

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Hoffenheim

Telecast for Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim

India – Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV

UK – Sky Sports

US – ESPN+

Nigeria – StarTimes, Canal+

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