Fragile Hoffenheim take on hurting Bayern

Bayern Munich

After suffering their first defeat of the season in all competitions on Tuesday night to BATE Borisov, Bayern Munich will be looking to rediscover their destructive form when they take on 1899 Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon at 15h30 in a Bundesliga clash.

That defeat midweek in Mink signalled an end to Bayern Munich’s nine-match winning streak. Bayern are two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table with surprise package Frankfurt chasing them down.

The Bavarian giants have swept aside all comers in the Bundesliga so far this season, winning all of their six matches in the league and will be hoping to give their weekend visitors a repeat thrashing of the 7-1 the last time they came to the Allianz Arena last season in March.

Hoffenheim are currently inside the top half of the table with seven points from their six matches played. Their league position has improved, as their season’s points tally so far has come in their last three matches.On Monday, Sejad Salihovic was suspended by the German FA sports tribunal for four games. The Hoffenheim midfielder was sent off by referee Markus Schmidt in the 88th minute of last Saturday’s Bundesliga match against FC Augsburg after fouling Tobias Werner.

The next time the Bosnian will be available for selection will be matchday 11 when TSG travel to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

But that is the least of the Hoffenheim’s concerns. The condition of Hoffenheim player Boris Vukcevic has slowly stabilised since Monday. According to the doctors treating the 22-year-old, who suffered severe head injuries in a car accident last Friday, he is still in a coma and his condition remains critical.

Hoffenheim sporting director Andreas Müller: “We draw on every positive message and strengthen our hope as a result, something that has been our priority since last Saturday. Our confidence grows and that makes it easier to, in some ways, get on with the daily routine.”