Did you know that…
…Leverkusen are not exactly Hoffenheim’s favourite foe?
The two clubs have met in the Bundesliga on 30 previous occasions. With 16 wins (versus seven defeats and six draws), Bayer 04 have their noses well in front. TSG have not lost more home games to any other opponent than they have to Leverkusen (eight).
…Christoph Baumgartner is enjoying his best season personally to date?
The Austrian has already racked up eight goal involvements (five goals and three assists) in the Bundesliga this season – his personal record for a season stands at nine. He has never had so many scorer points at this stage of a season before.
…Leverkusen have also faltered lately?
Bayer 04 have lost two consecutive Bundesliga games under coach Xabi Alonso for the first time. In addition, the Werkself failed to find the net in both games. The last time Leverkusen lost three games in a row without scoring was in September 2015.
…TSG will be aiming to build on the return fixture?
Hoffenheim fans will have fond memories of the match in August last year. Back then, TSG won 3-0 in Leverkusen and shone with some stunning attacking football. Another performance like that will be very welcome on Saturday.