Did you know that….
…TSG have recently been defensively very solid in the first half in particular?
Hoffenheim have not conceded any goals before half-time in their last three Bundesliga matches. This is the first time they have achieved that feat in the Bundesliga this term. The 2-0 (1-0) win over Schalke 04 saw TSG keeper Oliver Baumann finally keep a first clean sheet after 16 games.
…Thomas Tuchel suffered his biggest home defeat against TSG?
Bayern’s new boss may have lost only one of his 14 Bundesliga meetings with TSG Hoffenheim as a coach (eight victories and five draws), but the 4-0 reverse with Mainz 05 in September 2011 was Tuchel’s biggest home defeat as a coach in professional football.
…two strong footballing sides are set to go head-to-head?
Bayern Munich and TSG Hoffenheim have both scored only 16% of their goals from set-pieces – that is the lowest percentage of all Bundesliga clubs. Bayern have scored 64% of their goals from passing moves (top value in the Bundesliga), while TSG have found the net nine times from crosses (only Cologne have done so more often).
…Bayern are strong from range and are hunting down a TSG record in this regard?
FC Bayern scored their 15th goal from outside the penalty area this season in the 1-0 victory in Freiburg. Since records began, the record for this across a season is held by TSG, who scored 18 goals from distance in the 2013/14 campaign.
…Ihlas Bebou is increasingly gathering momentum?
Having missed all of the matches before the winter break through injury, forward Ihlas Bebou has been growing increasingly stronger in recent weeks. The pacey attacker has notched four goals to date and has registered three goal involvements in the past three matches (two goals and one assist).