Seeking to expand a series that already has eight victories, Bayern Munich faces a team that has been a rock in its way. This Saturday, January 27, will have Hoffenheim ahead. The game, which is part of the twentieth round of the German Championship in its 2017/2018 edition, will be held from 12:30 a.m. (Brasília time) at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The recent performance of Bayern Munich
The Bavarians completed this week two months without losing. The most recent defeat happened on November 25. As a visitor, Bayern took 2-1 to Borussia Monchengladbach. He has made ten appearances since then and won them all, eight of which were official and two were friendly games.
In the resumption of the Bundesliga after a nearly one-month shutdown between the first and second rounds, they beat Bayer Leverkusen away from home 3-1. Then in Munich, they passed Werder Bremen, scoring 4-2. reached 47 points, making him even more confident in the Bundesliga’s lead. The advantage over Leverkusen, runner-up, is 16 points.
Conquering the sixth consecutive title is considered a matter of time. Bayern will be able to focus more intensely on the German Cup and the Champions League in the second half of the season.
The situation is so quiet that coach Jupp Heynckes ruled out hastening the return of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (three matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship). Holder not only of the team, but also of the German national team, the archer suffered a serious injury in the loss and has been off the pitch since September.
His return is expected soon, but the coach said he will only put him on the field if he is sure the athlete is fit. After all, Neuer was little more than four months away between the end of last season and the beginning of the current and injured again about three weeks after being released to play. Also in the process of injury recovery are defender Mats Hummels (15 games, one goal) and midfielder Thiago Alcântara (nine games, one goal).
The current form of Hoffenheim
Tranquility is something that has been lacking in Hoffenheim. The team, who have achieved the best classification of their history in the Bundesliga in the previous season and achieved the right to play in the Champions League qualifying, has not been able to repeat the performance.
He finished in the qualifiers, started to play in the Europa League, where he was eliminated in the group stage, and is outside the classification zone for European tournaments in the 2017/2018 edition of the German Championship. He has 27 points (seven wins, six draws and six losses) occupying the ninth place. The distance to Borussia Dortmund, sixth place that closes the elite block of the standings, is three points.
The team got only one point in their last nine Bundesliga matches. In that period, he suffered a thrashing at home to Bayer Leverkusen. It took 4 to 1 in match by the nineteenth round disputed on January 20.
The young coach Julian Nagelsmann, 30, tries to manage the situation against a duel against the best team in Germany. For that, he should not be able to count on defender Kevin Akpoguma (eight Bundesliga 2017/2018, no goal) and midfielder Kerem Demirbay (14 matches, two goals), who are in the care of the medical department.
History of the bouts between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim overcame Bayern in the last two official matches between the teams, both in their dominions. In the second round of the 2016/2017 Bundesliga season, he made it 1-0. In the current tournament, in the first round, he scored 2-0.
Acting at home and showing the best of their form, Bayern is favorite and the best option for guess. It has a price of 1.16 in Bet365. Draw draws 7.50. Hoffenheim appear as the biggest underdog of the round with a prize of 13.00 per 1 in case of victory. Quotes were in effect at 14:04 on the 24/1/2018.