Squad and formation:
Julian Nagelsmann made three changes to the starting XI from the last matchday (1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt). Adam Szalai returned to the team, replacing Mark Uth, who was serving a ban after being shown his fifth yellow card of the season. Nadiem Amiri and Kevin Vogt returned to the starting line-up for Lukas Rupp and Kevin Akpoguma, who started on the bench.
The formation, however, was unchanged. A back three of Benjamin Hübner, captain Kevin Vogt and Havard Nordtveit lined up in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. As usual, Nico Schulz and Pavel Kaderabek occupied the wings. Florian Grillitsch and Nadiem Amiri played in central midfield. In attack, Serge Gnabry, Adam Szalai and Andrej Kramaric went on the hunt for goals.
The coaching team made the first substitution in the 57th minute. Kevin Akpoguma came onto the pitch for Serge Gnabry. “Akpo” took the place of Nordtveit in the back three and the Norwegian moved into central midfield. The second change also came in the midfield, where Florian Grillitsch replaced Lukas Rupp. Kerem Demirbay came on for Nadiem Amiri in a like-for-like swap.
Highlights of the day:
Standing ovations in the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena! For the tenth time this season, Hoffenheim’s stadium is sold-out and the home fans were again rewarded with a fantastic game of football. There are chances by the minute, especially in the second half, great goals and passionate fans, who celebrated the great performance of their team.
Number of the day: 3
TSG Hoffenheim have won their last three consecutive home games – and without conceding!