Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Bayern Munich will look to melt Bayer Leverkusen’s advantage in the Bundesliga standings to only one point when they take on Hoffenheim in the opening match of round 17. The Bavarians played out a slim 1-1 draw with Basel during the winter break, but they are seen as hot favourites to beat Hoffenheim at their Allianz Arena. Important midfielder Joshua Kimmich is back to contention as well as Leon Goretzka, while pacey winger Serge Gnabry remains in the recovery room, alongside Noussair Mazraoui, Bouna Sarr, and Gabriel Marusic.
The visitors, on the other hand, are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, meaning that a high-scoring affair is on the cards. Hoffenheim midfielder Diadie Samassekou is on international duty with Mali, while all Bambase Conte, Mergim Berisha, Marco John, and Dennis Geiger remain on the sidelines with injuries. Bayern Munich defenders should have Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric at bay.
Highlighted Player (Harry Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year.
The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Tottenham Hotspur mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals.
Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the Bundesliga .
Hoffenheim plays its home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.