Youngest coach takes on the eldest
Did you know that…
…it's only the fourth competitive meeting between the two teams?
Both clubs have only squared off in the Bundesliga on three previous occasions. They have an even head-to-record, with a win, draw and defeat apiece. There is no other current Bundesliga side that TSG Hoffenheim have faced on fewer occasions.
…this game sees the Bundesliga's youngest and oldest coaches go head to head?
Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest tactician in the Bundesliga at 31 years of age, while Friedhelm Funkel is currently the eldest in the division at 65 years of age.
…there are two former TSG men in the Fortuna squad?
Takashi Usami spent a season on loan at Hoffenheim in 2012/13, while Kenan Karaman played for TSG at youth level between 2009 and 2014 before debuting for "Hoffe" in the Bundesliga. Meanwhile, Kerem Demirbay played for Fortuna in the 2015/16 campaign.
…the TSG rearguard tends to hold firm in the opening stages?
The earliest goal that Hoffenheim have conceded in the current Bundesliga campaign was in the 13th minute − that's later than every other club in the Bundesliga. Every other team has let in at least one goal in the opening 12 minutes of a match.
…Düsseldorf have won their last two away matches?
Having gone 21 away league games without a win − a run that started last season − Fortuna have recently picked up two victories on the road. Funkel's charges won 1-0 at Hannover and 2-1 at FC Augsburg.