Date: Friday 16th December Venue: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena Competition: Bundesliga KO: 19.30
Hoffenheim are without Kerem Demirbay and Sebastian Rudy is a doubt.
Sandro Wagner will lead the line up-front with Andrej Kramaric.
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki is still sidelined so Roman Weidenfeller continues in goal.
A number of players are doubts for this game but Thomas Tuchel will still be able to field a strong starting eleven.
Two of the Bundesliga’s most promising young managers face off against each other at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena on Friday evening. Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim host Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund it what promises to be a cracker to kick off week 15 of the Bundesliga.
Hoffenheim remain the only team in Germany to be unbeaten this season and are sitting pretty in fourth. Their only concern is that they have drawn eight of their 14 games thus far and they will need to turn some games into victories if they are to make the Champions League places.
Dortmund are having a rather inconsistent season and only a last minute goal last week at FC Koln saved them from yet another defeat. Tuchel will expect his side to win this game but their poor away record might harm their chances in this game.
Hoffenheim are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season.
All Dortmund’s defeats this season have come on the road.
Only one point separate these two teams.
Hoffenheim: Baumann; Sule, Vogt, Hubner; Kaderabek, Amiri, Rudy, Rupp, Toljan; Wagner, Kramaric
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Bartra, Ginter, Schmelzer; Weigl, Rode; Dembele, Gotze, Reus; Aubameyang
Prediction: Hoffenheim 1-2 Dortmund