Hoffenheim, who are off to their second-best Bundesliga start ever, will meet Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Friday in an attempt to snap a four-match losing streak.
After four games in the German top division, both teams have nine points. Dortmund won this particular matchup last season.
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A Dortmund team with far more structure and organization defeated Hertha Berlin 1-0 last weekend after creating the wrong kind of history in their previous home match by becoming the first Bundesliga team to allow three goals after the 89th minute.
Edin Terzic and his club have had a pretty good start to the new season, save for a late collapse to Werder Bremen.
They possessed 62% of the ball against Hertha Berlin over the weekend, and they recorded their second domestic season clean sheet, which is two more than they had at the same point last year.
Dortmund’s loss to Bremen at home marked the first time since the 2014–15 season that they had dropped points in at least one of their opening two home games played at Signal Iduna Park, though they hadn’t lost consecutive home league games since losing their final two games played in North Rhine–Westphalia in 2020.
Although Terzic has emphasized the need of putting games out of reach when the opportunity arises, something they have struggled to do in the Bundesliga this season, it is understandable that he was delighted with how his team performed last Saturday in possession.
In 2021–22, they defeated TSG twice for the first time in history, sweeping both games 3-2 after only winning one of their previous seven meetings with the Sinsheim team.
Borussia Dortmund has struggled to control Die Kraichgauer’s onslaught at home, having given up 11 goals to them since the start of the current season while winning just one of their previous four matches against Hoffenheim. With three victories from his first four domestic matches in charge, Andre Breitenreiter has had a successful start to his job at Hoffenheim. This is the club’s best start at this stage of the competition since 2010–11. (10 points).
No TSG coach has accrued more points from their first four matches in the top division than their present coach, who led FC Zurich to their first domestic championship since 2008-09 in 2022 by winning the Swiss Super League.
Die Kraichgauer’s current three-match winning streak is their longest winning streak since they won four straight home games in February and March of last season. For the first time since April 2021, Hoffenheim has kept consecutive clean sheets in league play, allowing only one shot on goal in a victory over Augsberg last Saturday.
If they can avoid scoring against Dortmund on Friday, they will tie a Bundesliga club record for the longest run of shutouts, a feat they already accomplished in January of last year.
Hoffenheim’s five-match winless streak away from home in this competition came to an end with a victory over Bayer Leverkusen on matchday three.
The Sinsheim club has only lost one of its five September games in its last two Bundesliga seasons, falling last year by a score of 2-0 against Mainz 05.
We anticipate a close game between two teams that have typically been able to be fairly tidy at the back. Five of the last six domestic matches between these sides at the Westfalenstadion have been decided by a goal or fewer.
Due to their resiliency following a defeat at home and the fact that they appear to have slightly more experience and quality than their rivals, Dortmund will have a minor advantage.
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