Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim – Bundesliga: TV channel, team news, lineups and prediction

A mourning Allianz Arena will play host to Bayern Munich’s first Bundesliga fixture of 2024 when they welcome Hoffenheim to Bavaria on Friday night.

It’s been a sombre start to the year for Die Roten as news broke of the great Franz Beckenbauer’s passing on Monday. Der Kaiser spent 13 years of his career in Munich, claiming 13 major titles along the way.

Thus, it’s bound to be an emotionally charged atmosphere on Friday as Bayern aim to close the gap on Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen to a point.

Hoffenheim, however, have aspirations of their own. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s side enjoyed a promising Hinrunde and currently occupy seventh. A strong Ruckrunde could see Hoffenheim compete in Europe for just the second time in their history next season.

Here’s 90min’s preview of Friday night’s Bundesliga clash.

Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim H2H Record (Last Five Games)

Current form (all competitions)


TV channel/live stream

United Kingdom

SKY GO Extra, Sky Sports Mix

United States

ESPN+, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes



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Kim Min-jae is away on international duty / Sebastian El-Saqqa – firo sportphoto/GettyImages

Bayern are certainly improving on the injury front, although they will be without star centre-back Kim Min-jae for the foreseeable after he teamed up with the South Korean squad for the Asian Cup.

Thus, Matthijs de Ligt should partner Dayot Upamecano on Friday.

Serge Gnabry, Noussair Mazraoui, Bouna Sarr and Daniel Peretz will all miss out. Konrad Laimer should be fit to start.

Bayern predicted lineup vs Hoffenheim (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Kimmich, De Ligt, Upamecano, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Musiala, Sane; Kane.

The visitors have lost Mergim Berisha and Marco John for the season due to cruciate ligament injuries.

Bambase Conte and Dennis Greiger are expected to miss out on Friday due to groin injuries but both should return to action this month.

Hoffenheim predicted lineup vs Bayern (3-1-4-2): Baumann; Kabak, Brooks, Vogt; Stach; Kaderabek, Bulter, Promer, Skov; Bebou, Kramaric.

Fast and direct, Hoffenheim are your archetypal Bundesliga outfit and their style should faciltate an entertaining encounter on Friday night.

While not proficient pressers, the visitors are stellar in transition and undoubtedly capable of overwhelming Bayern’s aggressive defensive line.

The hosts, though, should be able to establish plenty of control, and given the presence of a certain Harry Kane, who must be itching to get back on the scoresheet, following the winter break, it’s hard to back anything but a comfortable home win.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Hoffenheim


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