Bundesliga Preview: Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich

Harry West
Bundesliga Preview: Hoffenheim - Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich will look to equal a 30-year Bundesliga record when the club travels to take on Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The reigning champion is on a 35-match unbeaten league run, dating back to Oct. 28, 2012 when the club lost 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

If the team avoids defeat at the weekend, Bayern will equal the current record of 36 matches without losing, set by Hamburg between January 1982 and January 1983.

Pep Guardiola's side could also break a 45-year club record for the longest undefeated start to a Bundesliga campaign.

The Bavarian giant is unbeaten after 10 league games this season and, if the club can extend that run on Saturday, it will better the previous record set by the team led by Branko Zebec in the 1968-69 season when it claimed its maiden Bundesliga title.

Bayern's current vintage has won eight and drawn two of 10 fixtures, dropping points only on visits to Leverkusen and Freiburg.

The club also boasts the meanest defense in the division having conceded just six goals so far, a record that will come under threat against a Hoffenheim side where the goal tally is the joint highest in the league with second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Markus Gisdol's side is currently ninth in the table having ended a four-game winless run with last week's 4-1 thumping of Hannover.

While scoring goals has proven Hoffenheim's main strength, the team's defensive frailties have cost it so far this season with no clean sheets and 23 goals conceded - the joint most in the Bundesliga alongside bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig.

Hoffenheim fans will argue that figure should be one fewer though, with Stefan Kiessling's header in the 2-1 defeat to Leverkusen earlier in the month allowed to stand despite having passed through a hole in the side netting.

However, the club announced on Tuesday that it will not take legal action after its initial appeal to replay the fixture was denied.

In terms of injury news, Bayern's Thiago Alcantara has returned to light training following an ankle injury but is unlikely to be considered, while striker Claudio Pizarro has been ruled out for four to six weeks after picking up a thigh injury.

Midfield duo Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben are both expected to be fit despite being withdrawn early in last week's win over Hertha Berlin, when Javi Martinez made a substitute appearance after a two-month absence following groin surgery.

For Hoffenheim, Fabian Johnson and Jeremy Toljan are doubts with ankle and thigh problems respectively.

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