Line-Up and Tactics:
TSG made three changes to the starting eleven for the game against Gladbach. Jeremy Toljan started on the right, Kerem Demirbay returned in midfield and Marco Terrazzino came back to bolster the attack. Ermin Bicakcic and Primin Schwegler, who both started the previous game in Hamburg, dropped to the bench while Terrazzino was not in the squad. The back-three remained unchanged as Kevin Vogt, Niklas Süle and Benjamin Hübner started in defence. Sebastian Rudy, Steven Zuber on the left, Toljan on the right and Demirbay started in midfield, with Sandro Wagner, Andrej Kramaric and Szalai in attack.
Gregor Kobel made his first appearance in the Hoffenheim squad as the back-up for Baumann. The first change came after 62 minutes and five goals when Wagner was replaced by Mark Uth in the 62nd minute. In the 74th minute, Nadiem Amiri replaced Szalai. Six minutes before the end, Ermin Bicakcic came on for Hübner.
The moment of the match:
Gladbach are on the front foot. They’re looking to take the lead for the first time. But TSG do it better. The free-kick from Demirbay, which is certainly more of a cross than a shot, drifts straight past Sommer and finds the back of the net. It gives TSG the lead in the second half and its Demirbay’s first goal in 14 games.
The key number: 6
Adam Szalai has scored six times for TSG in the second half of the season and all six of these strikes have come at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena. He also scored his third brace of 2017. This was Hoffenheim sixth consecutive home win in the Bundesliga and that’s a new TSG record.