Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top to 12 points when they visit fourth-placed Hoffenheim and talisman Andrej Kramaric.
With only four goals, Kramaric’s numbers are down in prior seasons, but it hasn’t stopped Hoffenheim from having their third-best Bundesliga season ever.
Last weekend, Stefan Posch scored the game’s only goal as the Sinsheimers won 1-0 in Cologne to extend their winning streak to four games and keep their position in fourth place, two points ahead of RB Leipzig.
Given the quantity of defensive absences, the clean sheet was even more impressive.
HOFFENHEIM STARTING LINEUP
O. Baumann, S.Posch, F. Grillitsch, K.Vogt, P.Kaderabek, D.Samasse, A.Stiller, D.Raum, C.Baumgartner, G.Rutter, A.Kramaric.
BAYERN MUNICH STARTING LINEUP
R.Lewandowski, L.Sane, T.Muller, K.Coman, J. Musiala, J. Kimmich, A.Gnabry, N.Sule, B.Pavard, N.Neuer, L. Hernandez
Captain Benjamin Hübner is expected to miss out again, but Chris Richards, who returned to training last week after a seriously injured foot suffered on international service with the USA in January, is in with a chance of playing his parent club.
Coach Sebastian Hoeneß has also hinted that Justin Che, a former Bayern Munich loanee who was signed from FC Dallas in the offseason, could make his debut shortly.
On paper, Hoffenheim appear to be the form team, but Bayern Munich came back from a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday by thrashing Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 in the UEFA Champions League.
The match between the two of them has just begun, and it promises to be exciting.
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