Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich
Date: Friday, 18 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena (Sinsheim).
The second half of the season in Bundesliga kicks off with a mouth-watering tie between two Champions League sides Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich on Friday evening at WISROL Rhein-Neckar-Arena.
We have reasons to expect a goal fest in the 18th round curtain-raiser given both teams’ attacking mentality.
Hoffenheim will be looking to defend their term-game unbeaten record in Bundesliga here. However, the team still saw a slide to 7th place in the standings since each of last five games they played ended in draws.
The head coach Julian Nagelsmann might be happy with the continuation of such streak of draws here as the opposition comes in the likes of defending champions who look to have found the wanted shape at the end of the year.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich: Head-to-head
Bayern Munich were the dominant force in the history of head to head meetings with Hoffenheim.
The Bavarians won 14, drew 5 and lost only 2 of 21 encounters with Hoffenheim.
Bayern Munich claimed a 3-1 victory when teams met each other on the opening Matchday in late-August at Allianz Arena.
Bayern scored eight goals in last two matches against Die Kraichgauer.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich: Prediction
It has been a roller-coaster ride for Niko Kovac and his men so far in the season. The Croatian manager as on the verge of getting sacked midway through the campaign, but he managed to beat the critics with a thread of five consecutive league wins.
Bayern also claimed the top spot in their respective Champions League group by holding Ajax to a 3-3 draw in a six-goal thriller on the final showdown in Amsterdam.
A streak of five straight league wins brought the reigning champions up to second place after 18 rounds. They are still six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and a win here might be crucial for their title hopes.
Hoffenheim have already lost two matches at home this season. They continued to be easy to break down in two friendlies during the winter break allowing three goals in a defeat to Anderlecht on Friday.
Die Kraichgauer kept just one clean sheet in last eight league affairs and we can hardly see them stopping Robert Lewandowski & company on Friday evening.
Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich: Bet Tips
Bayern to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
Bayern to win & Over 3.5 goals FT @ 2.75 (7/4).