In 11 of the previous 12 games against newly promoted sides away from home, Hoffenheim have been unable to secure victory. As FC were last promoted to the Bundesliga, 1. FC Köln secured a 3:2 win over Hoffenheim.
This will be the 10th game that FC have played in the Karnevalstrikot. The record in the previous nine matches has been very positive. Four wins, three draws and two defeats have came in the special kits.
Hoffenheim average the least interceptions per game in the Bundesliga (7.7). FC, on the other hand, sit in mid-table with an average of 11.1. Ellyes Skhiri has played the biggest part in that, with 1.9 per game.
FC have lost just one of their last six homes games against TSG. FC have won on three occasions, including the dramatic DFB-Pokal tie in 2016-17 when Anthony Modeste scored the winner.
1. FC Köln have won the second most aerial duels in the Bundesliga (20.8). In comparison to Hoffenheim (18.4), they average 2.4 more per game.
FC’s run without a penalty in the Bundesliga stretched to 22 games with the defeat in Düsseldorf. Only Borussia Mönchengladbach (25) are on a longer wait for a spot-kick to be awarded.
Despite a tough start to the season, Alfred Schreuder (17) has amassed more points after 10 games than Julian Nagelsmann did in his last two seasons at the club (both 16).
Schreuder, however, is no stranger to how things were in Hoffenheim in the past. Between 2015 and 2018, the Dutchman was assistant coach at the club. First under Huub Stevens in October 2015, before moving into the role with Julian Nagelsmann afterwards.
Hoffenheim are the only team in the Bundesliga to win their last four games. Only Borussia Dortmund (2) have conceded less goals than Alfred Schreuder’s side (3) in that time frame.
Kevin Vogt set a new Bundesliga record on Friday evening against Paderborn. The former FC defender managed to complete every single one of his 172 passes during the game – breaking the previous mark of 105 from Nico Elvedi.