Bayern Munich hope to keep pace with high-flying leaders Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundesliga table as they host seventh-placed Hoffenheim on Friday.
The German giants have been on their winter break the last few weeks, but re-take the pitch to begin the second half of the league campaign knowing they have ground to make up in the title race. Bayern sit four points back of Bayer 04, but will now cash in their game in hand.
Bayern may sense an opportunity to pounce after an injury to Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface, knowing now may be the time to pull themselves back into the top should the leaders slip at all in the coming weeks.
Hoffenheim started the season exceptionally well, but faded considerably before the break, winning just once in nine since the start of November across all competitions.
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Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Bayern Munich (-800)
- Score prediction: Bayern 3-0 Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim have troubled Bayern in recent years, to the tune of two 1-1 draws over their last three meetings, but this time around they’re trending in opposite directions as they meet.
Bayern will know they must keep pace with Bayer Leverkusen or risk falling into critical condition in the title race, while Hoffenheim are slumping badly. There will be chances for 1899 to salvage their push for a European place, but this isn’t the match.
|Bayern Munich win
| Both teams
to score Y/N
|-140 / +110
| Over / Under
|+115 / -165
| Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim match facts
- Date: Friday, Jan. 12, 2024
- Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. local (2:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. PT)
- Location: Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)
- Referee: TBD
- Last meeting: Bayern Munich 1-1 Hoffenheim (Apr. 15, 2023 | Bundesliga)
Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim best bet
- Pick: Bayern Munich to win to nil
- Odds: +105 (DraftKings)
Hoffenheim struggle to score goals across their recent slump, and that will prove a major hurdle against one of the league’s best defensive units. Bayern will be without regular starter Kim Min-Jae who is off to contest the Asian Cup, but Matthijs de Ligt will be an apt replacement while the South Korean is on international duty.
Notably, Bayern’s defenders excel in the air, which should neutralise the poaching of Wout Weghorst. Main striker Andrej Kramaric scored a free-kick against Bayern last season, but has been blanked from open play in his last four appearances against the Bavarians.
Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim prop bet
- Pick: Jamal Musiala anytime goal scorer
- Odds: +160 (DraftKings)
Betting anyone on Bayern Munich other than Harry Kane to score goals is risky, but given Kane’s abysmal -400 odds, we have to look elsewhere. One player starting to come on big is Jamal Musiala.
Hampered by a hamstring injury in November, the young German star is back in a big way. He scored in Bayern’s final game before the winter break, and collected a number of good chances in the match prior against Stuttgart. Musiala also scored in his previous start against Hoffenheim last season.
With the winter break to recover fully, Musiala should now be a main threat up front and benefit from ever-increasing attention on Kane.
Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim live stream, TV channel
|ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
|Fubo USA, ESPN+, WatchESPN
|Sky Sports Mix
|Sky Go Extra
The U.S. broadcast rights for the entire Bundesliga season are owned by ESPN, with every game available to watch on ESPN+. Select matches throughout the season are placed on ESPN’s family of TV channels, and this match between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim has been chosen for air on ESPN2, with a Spanish-language broadcast on ESPN Deportes.
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In Canada, DAZN is the official Bundesliga broadcast rights-holder, while in the UK the match is available to watch on Sky Sports Mix.