Big Game Focus: Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich


Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich travel to Hoffenheim in their first league match of 2019 as they look to close the gap with leaders Borussia Dortmund. Here’s a look at the match and some betting tips. Bet on the game here

Hoffenheim will be looking for a win after they drew their last five games before the winter break. Julian Nagelsmann’s men are currently seventh in the league, just six points off the top four and will want to nick a third consecutive home win over the Bavarians.

Munich ended the year on a high note by winning their last five games. They are bidding to overcome a six-point deficit between them and leaders Borussia Dortmund who won’t play until Saturday.

Whereas the clash won’t be an easy one for Munich, given the hosts have been their bogey team, they certainly have the momentum and quality to end the two game losing streak against them.

Betting preview

Hoffenheim are yet to beat a team inside the top ten this season and are facing a Munich team which has the best away record in the league. The visitors have also won three away games in a row so you can back an Away Win at odds of 1.60.

The Bavarians have scored 21 goals on their travels this season and have scored at least two goals in their last five away matches. Hoffenheim have scored 14 goals and conceded nine at home this term. You can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 1.40 on our website.

Three-time Bundesliga golden boot winner Robert Lewandowski has notched ten goals and five assists this term including a goal in the reverse fixture in August. He’s also scored eight goals against Friday’s opponents. You can back Lewandowski as Anytime Goalscorer at odds of 1.60.

Team news

Hoffenheim midfielder Lukas Rupp will face a late fitness test ahead of this clash. There are no other injury concerns for the hosts.

Bayern will be without wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and long-term absentee Corentin Tolisso.

Possible Line-ups.

Hoffenheim: Baumann; Posch, Vogt, Hubner, Nelson, Demirbay, Grillitisch, Schulz, Zuber, Joelinton, Grifo.

Bayern: ​Neuer; Kimmich, Sule, Boateng, Alaba; Martinez, Muller, Thiago, Coman, Gnabry, Lewandowski.