Hoffenheim – Bayern: Preview & Prediction
The owners of the house suffered a strong frustration at the beginning of the season. Having managed to get into the Champions League for the first time in their history, they fell to Liverpool in the play-offs and will have to settle for the Europa League. They will make their debut on Thursday, September 13 against Braga at home.
The start of the Bundesliga 2017/2018 season, however, showed the same well-structured team from the previous season. In the first round, at home, they confirmed their favor against Werder Bremen by beating 1-0. Then, as a visitor, they added another point by drawing with Bayer Leverkusen 2-2.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann has two restrictions to set up the team to face Bayern Munich. They are on injury treatment and will depend on new tests to see if they can play defender Stefan Posch (ankle) and midfielder Serge Gnabry (also ankle contusion).
During the standstill period of the German Championship for the qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Hoffenheim showed that the aim of their athletes is accurate. In a friendly, he thrashed semifinor Friedichshagener by 18 to 0. Nagelsmann did not use his top athletes in the match, but he can test options that may be useful throughout the season.
After a pre-season with bad results, Bayern Munich showed its power when it started playing games in earnest. He won the German Super Cup title (defeating Borussia Dortmund on penalties after a 2-2 draw at regular time), advanced to the German Cup (5-0 at Chemnitzer) and went on to win with two wins in the Bundesliga. He made it 3-1 at Bayer Leverkusen at home in the first round and then, as a visitor, beat Werder Bremen 2-0.
All this with full medical department, which forced the coach Carlo Ancelotti to lay claim to his great cast. The stoppage for the qualifiers of Russia 2018 facilitated the evacuation of the infirmary.
Only two athletes remain on treatment. Defenders Juan Benat and Jerome Boateng still rely on a re-evaluation to know when they can be available to the coach.
They should not be the ones to undergo more detailed examinations of the medical and physiology departments. The many athletes loaned by Bayern to the teams will also have to have their situations evaluated before being scaled this Saturday due to the wear and tear suffered.
Worst concern is in relation to the condition of the Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez. He suffered a muscle injury in the preseason, did not participate in any official match, but was called up for his selection anyway. He was even out of the first game of the two qualifying rounds, a 0-0 draw against Venezuela, but the difficult situation in the fight for the World Cup made coach Jose Pekkerman climb him in the duel against Brazil. He had a good performance in the tie by 1 to 1 and showed no sign of the bruising had messed up.
History of the bouts between Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich suffered only two defeats in the 2016/2017 German Bundesliga. One of them was imposed by Hoffenheim, who scored 1 to 0 acting in their domains. In Munich, the Bavarians could not pass for the rivals getting in the 1 to 1. In the current season, the teams had their paths crossed in a friendly tournament. Bayern won 1-0.
Hoffenheim – Bayern: Betting Tips
Bayern win – Odds: 1.45
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 1.45