This weekend’s Bundesliga showdown at PreZero Arena will feature TSG Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich.
Last Friday, Hoffenheim defeated defenseless Schalke 04 3-0 to snap a run of three games without a win in the league.
Andre Breitenreiter’s side never seemed in doubt as Munas Dabbur doubled their lead just before half-time, with Robert Skov converting two penalties on either side of the break. That victory propelled them to fourth place in the standings.
Meanwhile, Bayern defeated Freiburg 5-0 on Sunday to overtake their rivals and move into second place in the standings. Five different goalscorers contributed to Julian Naglesmann’s side’s victory in the unusually one-sided match, including Serge Gnabry, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane and Marcel Sabitzer.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
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Kevin Vogt will be unavailable for Hoffenheim’s game against Bayern on Saturday after receiving his fifth booking of the year against Schalke. As a result, he will be suspended for one match.
In Breitenreiter’s back three, Kevin Akpoguma could take Vogt’s place, with Kabak moving into center position. However, Sebastian Rudy would be needed in a position where he previously played against his old team.
Choupo-Moting has scored three goals in two starts over the past week, and Nagelsmann is likely to keep him in the starting lineup, even if Kingsley Coman returns after missing the previous league game due to suspension.
Due to a shoulder injury, Manuel Neuer has missed Bayern’s last three games; however, he should be fit enough to return to goal. Bouna Sarr and Lucas Hernández continue to receive medical attention.
Bundesliga form Hoffenheim
wide, deep, deep, long, wide
Bayern Munich Bundesliga form
depth, length, width, depth, width
Hoffenheim expected line-up:
Baumann; Akpoguma, Kabak, Nsoki; Skov, Promel, Geiger, Angelino; Baumgartner; Rutter, Dabur
Bayern Munich expected line-up:
Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Musiala, Mane; Choupo-Moting
Hoffenheim 1-2 Bayern Munich
Hoffenheim have the talent and drive to test Bayern, but I think the visitors will come out on top in the end.
Nagelsmann’s side appear to have recovered from their dismal run of performances in September, and will be intensely focused on closing the gap at the top of the standings before the World Cup kicks off next month.