Preview - Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich 29 February 20

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Match Day 24
Hoffenheim vs. Bayern Munich
Saturday, February 29th 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: PreZero Arena

Last five matches form: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.48
Average goals against per match: 1.57
Top Scorer: Andrej Kramarić (7)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.83
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (25)

Bayern Munich may be in their customary position at the top of the Bundesliga table, but they do have a fair bit of work to do yet if they are to successfully defend their crown, in what looks set to be a closely fought battle between now and the end of the season.

Next up for Bayern it's this trip to the PreZero Arena to take on an eighth placed Hoffenheim outfit still firmly involved in the chase for the European positions.

The most recent clash between these sides came in the cup at the start of the month - Bayern picking up a 4-3 win at home in that one. Hoffenheim did win the reverse of this fixture in the league though - 2-1 the score on that occasion. The game here last season ended in a 3-1 success for Munich.

Ishak Belfodil, Sargis Adamyan and Munas Dabbur are all out injured for the home side. Big blow for Bayern with top-scorer Robert Lewandowski joining Niklas Süle, Ivan Perisic and Kingsley Coman on the side-lines.

Hoffenheim have been distinctly average at home this season, with five wins and six defeats to date. They have scored more than once seven times, and conceded more than once on seven occasions.

Bayern have lost just one of their last 13 in all competitions and arrive on the back of an impressive success at Chelsea in the Champion's League in midweek. They have won seven of eleven on the road in the Bundesliga, including each of their last four - scoring two or more in eight of eleven overall.

Even in the absence of Lewandowski, we still expect Bayern to have too much for a Hoffenheim outfit who have been very hit and miss of late.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 1 - 3 Bayern Munich


Half time: 0 - 4
Full time: 0 - 6
Shots: 4 - 26
Shots on target: 1 - 11
Corner Kicks:  1 - 7
Possession: 37% - 63%

No bookings in this one as referee Christian Dingert kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

No Lewandowski, no problem for Bayern Munich, with the defending champions running absolute riot in Hoffenheim. It wasn't all good for Bayern though with the game being interrupted due to trouble in the stands - the players even passing the ball amongst themselves for a period in protest at the goings on.

The opener arrived in just the second minute. Hoffenheim failing to clear their lines and Thomas Muller sending in a cross to beyond the back post from the left. Serge Gnabry the man arriving to turn in on the stretch - the ball deflecting in off the keeper.

Five minutes later it was two. A lofted ball forward only being partially cleared to the edge of the area, and Joshua Kimmich arriving to fire into the bottom right from twenty yards out and central.

By the end of the fifteenth minute it was three. A nice ball forward to pick out Gnabry on the right. Gnabry drilling low across goal and Joshua Zirkzee controlling and turning well before firing home from six yards out and central - finishing low to the right.

Three became four in the 33rd minute. Zirkzee's blocked shot falling to Philippe Coutinho in the left of the area and the Brazilian's deflected follow up effort from twelve yards flying high into the net. 0-4 at the break.

Having taken just two minutes to score in the first half, Bayern repeated the trick after the break. Hoffenheim completely failing in their efforts to play out from the back, and presenting the ball to Muller who immediately fired a low cross into the area. Coutinho finishing into the right hand side from around ten yards out in the right of the area.

Just the one more and it arrived in the 62nd minute. Leon Goretzka - who started the move deep on the left - being slipped in down the middle by Corentin Tolisso and dinking over the outrushing keeper into the left-hand side from twelve yards or so. 0-6 final score.

Bayern move four points clear at the top ahead of RB Leipzig's fixture later in the weekend. No change for Hoffenheim who remain in eighth spot.

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