Turning their attention back to the DBP Pokal after making a return to top spot in the Bundesliga, a free-scoring Bayern Munich will welcome Hoffenheim to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Picking up what was a thumping 3-1 win away at Mainz over the weekend, Germany’s defending champions appear to have refound top form after a sluggish start to the 2019/2020 campaign.
On the flip side, while Hans-Dieter Flick’s men might find themselves in the midst of a six-match Bundesliga winning run, Wednesday’s hosts are not the only outfit who find the mood in their camp at a high.
Coming off the back of back-to-back victories against Werder Bremen and a 2-1 win against fellow top-four hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, Hoffenheim have won four of their last five appearances and will travel to Munich looking to cause an upset.
In a matchup that should produce an abundance of chances, you might be interested to know that the last eight combined matchups between the two sides have seen over 2.5 goals at full-time. Betting offers like high-scoring thriller at the Allianz can be found priced at 3/5 with Paddy Power for Wednesday night.
Robert Lewandowski – The record-breaker
Although back-to-back defeats against Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach when opening December may have worried many in Munich’s camp, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men have found their best form at a crucial time.
With a Champions League knockout tie against Chelsea on the horizon, the defender German champions are enjoying a six-match winning run and have one man to thanks for their scintillating form in the final third.
Once again finding the net against Mainz over the weekend, Poland international Robert Lewandowski has found the net in his last three matches on the bounce and has levelled Gerd Müller’s long-standing Bundesliga record for most goals after 19 rounds of fixtures.
Bagging 21 strikes on that run and enjoying what has been a famous campaign at the Allianz Arena, the Polish marksman can be found priced at 1/1 with William Hill to bag yet another brace in midweek.
More impressive, Lewandowski has been the DFB Pokal’s top scorer in each of the last three campaigns. The 31-year-old is currently tied with Claudio Pizarro in eighth place in the tournament’s all-time scoring chart with 34 goals. One more will move him level with Ronald Worm in seventh.
Hoffenheim on the charge
Bouncing back from their defeat away at Eintracht Frankfurt last month by picking up back-to-back wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim find themselves enjoying what has been a stellar purple patch.
With Head Coach Alfred Schreuder watching his side climb up to sixth in the Bundesliga and dreaming of securing a European return, Die Kraichgauer also have a growing reputation as an away day specialist.
Along with winning four of their last five matches on the road, Hoffenheim have been hit with just a sole Bundesliga away defeat since the 18th of August.
While Wednesday’s guests might open their midweek trip as a landslide underdog with the bookmakers, Hoffenheim will undoubtedly be boosted by their most recent meeting against the German giants.
Picking up what was a famous 2-1 win when they welcomed Bayern to the PreZero Arena back in October, you might be interested to know that a resurging Die Kraichgauer can be found priced as high as 12/1 with Paddy Power to pick up what would be another shock victory on Wednesday.