Preview - Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich 19 January 19

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Jan 18, 2019, 11:34 PM Last Edit: Jan 20, 2019, 02:14 AM by Harry85
Match Day 18
Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, December 19th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: D D D D D
Average goals per match: 1.88
Average goals against per match:1.35
Top Scorer: Reiss Nelson & Andrej Kramaric (6)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.12
Average goals against per match: 1.06
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (10)

German football awakens from its winter slumber this coming weekend with the Match Day 18 action kicking off in Hoffenheim, as the seventh placed hosts welcome champions Bayern Munich to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Bayern comfortably dispatched Hoffenheim when winning 3-1 in the first clash between the sides this season at the Allianz Arena. Hoffenheim did master Bayern in this game last season though, coming away with a 2-0 win.

Ermin Bicakcic, Havard Nordveit and Lukas Rupp are out for the home side whilst Bayern will be without Franck Ribéry, Corentin Tolisso and Arjen Robben.

Both of these sides have at least been consistent of late. However whilst Hoffenheim will no doubt be looking to improve upon a run of six consecutive draws, Bayern are flying along in their pursuit of leaders Borussia Dortmund and will be seeking their sixth Bundesliga win on the spin here.

Hoffenheim will be looking to improve their overall record at home which has seen them win only three of their opening nine fixtures. Having already lost to RB Leibzig and Eintracht Frankfurt here though, will they be able to contain a surging Bayern Munich? Having concede one or fewer goals in seven of their nine home games, they are at least unlikely to make it easy for the defending Champions.

A run of just two wins in eight had threatened to derail Bayern's defence but they have regrouped admirably of late and are now only six points adrift of leaders Dortmund. They will be looking to keep up the pressure with a win here. They have been pretty reliable on the road this term, with seven wins from nine heading into this game, impressively scoring two or more goals in all bar one of their away fixtures this season.

Hoffenheim have proven tough to beat of late and did hold Dortmund to a draw here earlier in the season. Bayern really need to keep winning though and with the bit between their teeth again are fancied to come out on top.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 1 - 2 Bayern Munich


Half time:  0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  7 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 9
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 41% - 59%

Kevin Vogt, Florian Grillitsch and Stefan Posch were booked for the home side in this one, with referee Tobias Welz also taking the names of Joshua Kimmich and Javi Martinez of Bayern.

Another impressive display from Bayern Munich and a big away win against a useful Hoffenheim outfit. Bossing possession and doubling the shot count of their hosts, this was a thoroughly deserved success.

The opener came in the 34th minute. Robert Lewandowski getting on the end of a cross from the left to head on goal but seeing keeper Oliver Baumann beat his effort out. Only as far as Leon Goretzka in the left of the area who fired in at the near post from a tight angle.

Goretzka was at it again in the first minute of first half stoppage time. David Alaba breaking on the counter down the left and playing a dangerous low ball towards the edge of the area. Goretzka finishing on the slide into the bottom left from just inside the box.

Hoffenheim began the second half with more intent and pulled a goal back in the 59th minute. Leonardo Bittencourt finding Nico Schulz just outside the box, Schulz nodding the ball inside and firing into the bottom left corner from just outside the box.

Bayern finally made sure of the points in the 87th minute. A lofted ball into the right of the area finding Thomas Muller who fired back across goal from Lewandowski to slot home from six yards. 1-3 final score.

Bayern didn't get any respite from Borussia Dortmund this weekend with the league leaders winning at RB Leipzig, but they do continue to hang onto their coattails in second with six points to make up. Hoffenheim remain just outside the top six, in seventh spot and three points adrift of Wolfsburg.

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