Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim Sat 14:30
Bayern Munich run the risk of falling precariously off the pace for the Bundesliga title if they are to drop any more points in their remaining fixtures and will look to remain within touching distance of Borussia Dortmund when they play hosts to Hoffenheim as heavy odds on favourites with Bet365 on Saturday.
League leaders Dortmund currently sit upon a seven-point cushion at the summit of the German top flight and with just ten matches remaining in the campaign, look a good bet to hold on to their league trophy.
Bayern will travel to the Westfalenstadion in mid-April looking to close the gap on their domestic rivals but will need to focus on other fixtures both before and after that date if the match is to hold any significanace.
Jupp Heynckes’ latest setback came last weekend when his side faltered at the BayArena, succumbing to a 2-0 loss against Bayer Leverkusen.
The inconsistency that the Munich outfit have developed in recent months doesn’t just mean the gamble of surrendering to the power shift of Borussia Dortmund but also means they could slip to a further third placed finish with Borussia Monchengladbach hot on their heels.
Die Fohlen are just one point behind Bayern Munich in third spot and in this breakout season for the German underdogs, ‘Gladbach can boast that they have completed the double over Die Roten; a rare occurrence for any club in the nation.
However, if Bayern Munich have looked assured of picking up points anywhere this season, it has been at the Allianz Arena where they have sacrificed points just twice this campaign.
Hoffenheim will find it difficult to keep a clean sheet this weekend when they clash against the league best attacking team when performing on home soil.
Die Bayern have scored an average of three goals per game when playing at home this season and conceded a meagre average of just 0.25 goals per game.
That being said, Hoffenheim have arguably performed better when playing away from their home ground this season, scoring more goals on average per game when they aren’t at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
Losing just twice in their last ten league outings, Markus Babbel’s side will pose considerable opposition to league giants Bayern Munich on Saturday but mid-table Hoffenheim face a Bayern side riding high at home this term and with Bastian Schweinsteiger a possible comeback, face a near insurmountable challenge.
The German talisman has been out since early February with ankle ligament damage, but news from the treatment table is that he is close to return, which is sure to give Jupp Heynckes a welcome boost in what is already a difficult season.