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Bundesliga preview: Bayern juggernaut heads to Hoffenheim

29 September 2011 11:14

Bayern Munich's 10-match winning streak may come under threat at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Jupp Heynckes' side have not dropped a point after losing 1-0 at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their season opener and will enter the trip to the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena this weekend full of confidence.

A 2-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday outlined just how much of a threat Bayern will be in that competition this season and new signing Manuel Neuer extended his run of clean sheets to an amazing ten.

The statistics indicate that this will be another Bayern win but Hoffenheim, who sit fourth, are capable of putting up a stern challenge.

Holger Stanislawski's side have been impressive in front of their home fans this season, notching wins over last season's champions Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, and will benefit from an extra three days recovery from their opponents.

But stopping the likes of Mario Gomez, who has scored 12 goals in 11 matches in all competitions this season, and wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will not be easy, meaning Hoffenheim will need to be at their absolute best to stop Bayern's winning run.

Also on Saturday, Dortmund host the struggling Augsburg just three days after they travel to France to play Marseille in the Champions League, but the depth of Juergen Klopp's squad should ensure they get past the newly promoted side.

Monchengladbach are this season's surprise packets, sitting third, and they will fancy their chances going to second-from-bottom Freiburg, while Nuremburg are at home to Mainz.

Bayer Leverkusen have dropped their last two league matches in disappointing fashion to rivals Cologne and Bayern, meaning their home match against Wolfsburg takes on extra significance.

The late kick-off sees Hertha Berlin host Cologne.

Friday's match sees Kaiserslautern, who have won just once this season, at home to Stuttgart while on Sunday second-placed Werder Bremen travel to Hannover and lowly Hamburg host Schalke.

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