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The winter break was short, but still you miss the good old Bundesliga always somehow. However, this emptiness in the lives of German football fans has now come to an end. The league starts in the second half and starts immediately with a great opening game. Hoffenheim expected on Friday evening Bayern. This match is under the star of a festive occasion, because Julian Nagelsmann will be sitting for the 100th time as a coach on a Bundesliga bank. It will be exciting to see if his players will give him the best possible gift for this anniversary, namely three points.
But the favorites are the Bayern, who will do everything to catch up the gap to leaders Borussia Dortmund as soon as possible. Victory at TSG could put BVB directly under pressure. Munich are currently in second place and still have a deficit of six points against Dortmund. However, before the game between Hoffenheim and Bayern, the odds show that betting on the record champion might be worthwhile. The Kraichgauer are in the classification also still good. Seventh place means at least that you are in the area of international places, with Julian Nagelsmann has already toyed with a bit before the season, perhaps to intervene in the title fight. But now the focus is on re-qualifying for the European Cup. In the last two years Hoffenheim won at home to zero against the Munich. But that does not mean that we would make a similar tip on Friday between Hoffenheim and Bayern. However, we must not forget that this is the first game after the winter break. It will be seen if the coaches were able to lay the right foundations and have made their teams fit for the second half of the season. The kick-off for the 18th matchday in the Bundesliga between Hoffenheim and Bayern in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena takes place on 18/01/2019 at 19:30.
The TSG Hoffenheim still has big goals this season. Julian Nagelsmann is still hot on his farewell tour and wants to secure with his team at least one place in the European Cup. However, the Kraichgauer did not have a run before the winter break. Although Hoffenheim is undefeated in the Bundesliga for ten games, but has last played six times in series only draw. If we add the two defeats in the Champions League, then the TSG has not won a competitive game for eight games. So there are two sides to the medal; Therefore, it may not be the best option to place a bet on the home side in the game between Hoffenheim and Bayern. The preparation was short but intense. Two serious friendly matches were on the program. Against VV St. Truiden there was in a blitz tournament a 5-2 victory, before they lost against RSC Anderlecht with 2: 3. These results are of little importance for the second half of the season.
Only now will it matter. Julian Nagelsmann sees his team definitely in a position to win against Bayern. He hopes to get a tailwind for the other tasks with a threesome against the record champion. In recent years, you could get the feeling that the young coach has finally managed to decode the Bayern code, because the Kraichgauer looked in the last direct duels mostly pretty good.
So good that Bayern with David Alaba, Niklas Süle, Serge Gnabry and Sandro Wagner have four ex-Hoffenheim in the squad. Sebastian Rudy, who has since moved on to Schalke, is not even considered. Tactically, the Hoffenheim will go with a known formation in the race. Even in terms of personnel, there are currently no big worries. Joelinton was recently a bit battered, but should be operational on Friday. That would mean that Julian Nagelsmann only has to do without Lukas Rupp, who currently has a training backlog. Otherwise, Hoffenheim will start on Friday with the desired formation in the second half.
You should never irritate Bayern too much. If they are goaded they are able to get their best performances. We can be sure that the record champion in the preparation once more committed to hunting and catching Borussia Dortmund. The Munich are hot on the second half, and they have since the season 2009/10 no longer managed to become champions, if they did not go as the championship leader in the back series. Series are but there to be broken, and even before the round of half-time between Hoffenheim and Bayern, we venture the prognosis that the Bundesliga will probably remain open until the end. That would also mean that the Bayern will put the frontrunner on Friday on the bone. Once again Robert Lewandowski is one of the hopefuls. Oliver Baumann is his favorite keeper. Against no other goalkeeper, the attacker has hit more often in the Bundesliga. Betting on a Robert Lewandowski goal is not a bad choice on Friday.
All in all, the Bavarians had a very good shape before the winter break. The Munich have been undefeated for eight competitive matches and have won six times. In preparation, the Bavarians have also held back with friendly matches. In the last week there was the victory in the blitz tournament in Dusseldorf, but without their own goal and only with two wins on penalties.
Nevertheless, Niko Kovac says that his team is willing to win the title again this year and that the Bavarians will be looking forward to the calendar year. Personally, it could look a little better. The winged tongs around Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery has not swallowed up on golden steaks, but complains of muscular discomfort in the thigh. In addition, Corentin Tolisso will remain unavailable. Otherwise, Niko Kovac but all players should be ready. A question mark is in principle only behind the central defense, namely whether Jerome Boateng or Mats Hummels will take the place on the side of Niklas Süle.
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