Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

Top-of-the-table Bayern Munich will be looking to continue their blistering form of late when they welcome Hoffenheim to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

The hosts have returned from the international break with two devastating displays in the last week, whilst the visitors put in a scintillating display of their own last time out.

Defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt prior to the international break has quickly been forgotten about in Munich, with two huge victories being achieved since returning.

First, they demolished Bayer Leverkusen in their own stadium last weekend by winning 5-1 against Die Werkself, who were level on points with Bayern in second place at the time.

Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry each scored braces in the first half, with Thomas Muller also getting in on the act to see the Bavarians take an incredible 5-0 lead into half time at the BayArena.

With their hosts starting the season exceptionally, and Bayern wobbling against Frankfurt two weeks before, Julian Nagelsmann’s side certainly silenced any doubters who could potentially question their dominance of the Bundesliga this campaign.

Die Bayern followed up one huge victory with another in midweek, when they rallied late on to comfortably beat a strong Benfica side 4-0 in Lisbon.

Their Portuguese opponents had humiliated Barcelona on the previous Champions League matchday, but after being frustrated for much of the encounter, Bayern finally found the breakthrough in the 70th minute through Leroy Sane, who netted his second of the game late on after an own goal and another Lewandowski strike had followed his opener.

Nagelsmann now prepares to face one of his former sides, and one that has caused two upsets against Bayern in the last couple of years, so he will be keen to ensure another is avoided after being beaten in their last Bundesliga match played at the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, after a fairly slow start to the campaign, Hoffenheim have picked up either side of the break, with two impressive home victories in three matches lifting them into ninth place in the Bundesliga table heading into the weekend.

A 3-1 success over European-hopefuls Wolfsburg put an end to four games without a win last month, and despite falling to Stuttgart immediately before the break, they bounced back last weekend with a resounding 5-0 victory over FC Koln.

The front two of Ihlas Bebou and Andrej Kramaric were on top form for Die Kraichgauer, with the former netting a brace to record his first goals of the season, and the latter recording a brace of assists to take his tally to a joint league-high of six for the campaign.

However, away from home is the main cause for concern for manager Sebastian Hoeness, with his side picking up just four points from a possible 12 on offer away from the PreZero Arena as things stand.

The opening weekend hammering at Augsburg has been followed by defeats at Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart, which were either side of a goalless draw at the struggling Arminia Bielefeld.

With there being no tougher venue to visit in the Bundesliga than the Allianz Arena, Hoeness will not expect that away form to improve on Saturday, despite the recent successes over the Bavarians as mentioned above.

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form:
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Bayern Munich form (all competitions):
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Hoffenheim Bundesliga form:
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We say: Bayern Munich 4-1 Hoffenheim
The devastating form of Bayern heading into this one means a big home win will be expected by most on Saturday, with very few sides being able to stop the reigning champions when they are in this kind of mood.

Although their style of play under Nagelsmann may see them concede chances to Hoffenheim, they will be expected to outscore their opponents with the likes of Lewandowski, Sane and Gnabry leading the attack

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