Markus Gisdol will take charge of his 150th Bundesliga game on Wednesday evening. Given that he will hit the landmark against his former employers, it is quite appropriate. Should FC secure all three points, it would be Gisdol’s 50th win in the top tier as a head coach.
Dominick Drexler has been mightily impressive off the bench in the last two games, having set up FC’s last three goals. Not only that, but of all the Bundesliga players to have attempted 20+ crosses, he is at the very top of the list for crossing accuracy (50%).
Despite the games coming thick and fast, Ellyes Skhiri continues to keep on running. The FC midfielder has covered the third most kilometres per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, and has topped the running statistics in individual games 20 times from the 22 matches he has played to completion.
Jhon Cordoba’s goal meant he moved onto 11 goals for the season. His tally this term in more than his previous three Bundesliga seasons combined (10 goals in 69 games). Not only that, Cordoba has seven goals in 2020 and Hoffenheim are amongst his favourite opponents. The Colombian has three goals against Hoffenheim, he’s not scored more against any other team.
Wednesday’s match offers up an interesting contrast. While FC have scored the most headed goals in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim have conceded just four – only Leipzig have conceded fewer.
Two players who certainly won’t need any time to get used to their surroundings are Anthony Modeste and Mark Uth. The pair played a combined 148 times for Hoffenheim, scoring 56 times. Kingsley Schindler was also at TSG but never made the leap into the first-team.
Corners could be key on Wednesday evening. Both FC and Hoffenheim have impressive records when it comes to corners. Only Eintracht Frankfurt have scored more times from corners than TSG (9) and FC (11).
Hoffenheim have proven a tough nut for FC to crack of late. In the last five meetings between the sides, FC have been able to record just one draw – the other four games have seen TSG come out on top.
Having so many substitutions available has been seen as a necessity to some, but further players in Hoffenheim’s strengths. TSG have seen nine of their goals scored by substitutes this season – the most in the Bundesliga, along with RB Leipzig.
Hoffenheim lay claim to the fourth best pass completion percentage in the Bundesliga (85%), behind Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen. Not only that, but their crosses are accurate as well. Their cross completion sits at 30% - the best in the Bundesliga.