Hoffenheim vs Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga
Hoffenheim will host Borussia Monchengladbach at the Prezero Arena on Saturday in another round of the German Bundesliga campaign.
Hoffenheim’s only win in 11 games since the middle of September was at bottom side Schalke in October. They are now seven matches without victory and have Andrej Kramaric to thank that they even have two points in that run after his added-time equaliser at home to VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday.
That made it six home fixtures without a win, having claimed a full haul of nine points from their opening three at the PreZero Arena. Failing to hold onto leads after good starts has been TSG’s problem and is why they are now down in 13th. A lack of defensive options has also hampered them and has seen ex-Wolfsburg, Hertha Berlin and USMNT centre-back John Brooks join from Benfica this week.
Andre Breitenreiter’s Decision
Will coach Andre Breitenreiter throw the experienced left-footer straight in given Kevin Vogt is struggling with a calf problem, Kevin Akpoguma is suspended and Ozan Kabak bas been plagued by a metatarsal issue? Kasper Dolberg is also an option for a full debut up front.
Gladbach’s injury problems have generally abated, especially with Thuram starting during the week after missing the opening game of 2023. The World Cup runner-up played the full 90 minutes away at Augsburg but wasn’t able to prevent a 1-0 defeat.
It saw the Foals drop to ninth still just in the top half but only three points above Hoffenheim. Captain Lars Stindl scorer of a late consolation brace in last Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Bayer Leverkusen is back after sitting out Wednesday through suspension.
He should slot straight in, especially after Christoph Kramer went off with concussion. Jonas Hofmann was a last-minute absentee with illness and will be a race against time to be fit for this one as Borussia seek a first away win of the season at the ninth attempt and try to turn around their form that has seen them take only seven points from the last eight games.
The home side are struggling for form in the league at the moment after a fairly decent start to their season and now find themselves in the bottom half of the table. They played out a 2-2 home draw against Stuttgart in their last game, with Andrej Kramaric scoring an early opener and a late leveler for the Blues.
Hoffenheim sit 13th in the Bundesliga standings with 19 points from 17 games and will be hopeful of adding to that tally this Saturday.
Borussia Monchengladbach have also had their struggles this season, rapidly falling behind in the race for European football. They were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg last time out and could have no complaints after a lackluster performance which finally saw them fall behind in the 82nd minute.
Die Kraichgauer vs die Fohlen Bundesliga
Kramaric is Hoffenheim’s top scorer with five goals after bagging a brace during the week – his first two-goal haul in the Bundesliga since a 3-2 win over Gladbach in April 2021.
Breitenreiter has lost eight out of nine competitive encounters with the Foals (plus a 2-1 win with Schalke in March 2026). He’s only been beaten as many times as a coach by Bayern Munich (eight from eight).
Hoffenheim have dropped 13 points from winning positions this season, of which seven have come in the last three games (D1, L2).
Thuram still leads the division for shots (57) and now faces his favourite Bundesliga opponent (two goals and three assists vs. Hoffenheim).
Hofmann is tied with Joshua Kimmich for the most passes to a shot in the league this season (45).
Gladbach have won the last two encounters with TSG, bringing the head-to-head record level in the Bundesliga with nine victories a piece.