Greuther Fürth vs Hoffenheim: line-ups, match statistics and LIVE blog CONFIRMED!
Andrej Kramaric is on the bench for Hoffenheim as they target low-end Greuther Fürth on Saturday (kick off 3:30 p.m. CET)?
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Fürth made history – but not in the way he would have liked – by becoming the first German elite team to have just one point after 12 games. Another loss would be their 11th in a row and would equal the all-time record – set by Nuremberg in the mid-1980s – for such a miserable form streak. Luck is also playing against them. Cédric Itten is absent due to illness, while Paul Seguin is already excluded. Jetro Willems has an ankle problem, while his potential replacement, Gian-Luca Itter, has just returned to training, while Jeremy Dudziak (foot) and Max Christiansen were both forced to cut the session short. Tuesday – but both were at least on the squad. .
Kramaric missed last weekend’s win over RB Leipzig with a head injury sustained on international duty, but the Croatian striker returns to the squad on the bench after training normally this week. But Sebastian Hoeneß has other injury issues as the Hoffenheim coach looks to find a formula to improve their away record by just four points away this season, including losses in their last three games. Christoph Baumgartner, Sebastian Rudy and Jacob Bruun Larsen were unable to train with the squad earlier this week and are all out today.
To concern: Highlights of Hoffenheim’s impressive victory against Leipzig
- Fürth has not won in the Bundesliga since May 4, 2013 in Stuttgart.
- Greuther’s three Bundesliga wins to date have all come from his home in the 2012/13 campaign.
- On loan from Scotland’s Rangers team, Itten scored his second goal in his team’s last game in front of their own fans. After this 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, Fürth’s overall home record in the Bundesliga is now as follows: no wins, five draws, seventeen losses.
- Kramaric has scored two goals in 11 league games this season. He finished with 20 Bundesliga goals in 28 appearances last season.
- US defenseman Chris Richards has helped the visitors keep five clean sheets in 12 games so far. Fürth conceded in every game.
- Hoffenheim have won their last four Bundesliga games at home, but have taken just one point in their last five away matches.
Fürth: Funk – Asta, Bauer, Sarpei, Meyerhöfer – Tillman, Christiansen, Nielsen – Leweling, Abiama, Hrgota (c)
Subscribers: Burchert, Fein, Seufert, Willems, Itten, Griesbeck, Dudziak, Barry, Vert
Outside: Hoogma (knee), Jung (knee), Ngankam (knee), Seguin (cold), Viergever (ankle)
Coach: Stefan Leitl
Hoffenheim: Pentke – Posch, Grillitsch (c), Vogt – Akpoguma, Samassekou, Geiger, Raum – Rutter, Dabbur, Bebou
Subscribers: Philipp, Nordtveit, Stiller, Gacinovic, Hübner, Adamyan, Kramaric, Richards, Asslani
Outside: Baumann (kick), Baumgartner (thigh), Bicakcic (knee), Bruun Larsen (muscular), John (shoulder), Kaderabek (ankle), Rudy (muscular), Skov (thigh)
Coach: Sebastian hoeneß