20 December 2019 live
Hoffenheim’s 2-0 win in midweek snapped a four-game winless streak in the Bundesliga (D1, L3), and was also only their second game in the last seven that produced under 2.5 goals. All five games prior to that victory saw both teams score, whilst the three losses came by at least a two-goal margin.
At home, the hosts are winless in three (D1, L2) and conceded eight of the ten goals during that period in the second half, but did ship a first-half opener in both losses. However, Hoffenheim are yet to lose at home when they have netted the first goal (W2, D1).
Dortmund are unbeaten in five league games (W3, D2) and saw both draws arrive via a 3-3 scoreline with one side winning by at least a two-goal margin by half-time in each. Notably though, they have now scored a first-half opener and been leading at the break in each of their last four league games.
On the road, the visitors have won two consecutive Bundesliga matches, winning three of four halves of football played and conceding no second-half goals. However Dortmund have been leading at half-time in just three top-flight road trips so far (HT: W3, D3, L2).
Players to watch: Ihlas Bebou opened the scoring for Hoffenheim in their midweek victory. His team have won all three Bundesliga games that he’s scored in this term.
Five of Julian Brandt’s six competitive goals this season came after the 60th minute. All five games he netted in involved both teams scoring.
Stat attack: Hoffenheim have scored eight of their 12 home league goals in the first and last 15 minutes of play (four each).
Dortmund are yet to concede an away league goal in the first 15 minutes.
Dortmund are winless in the last six league H2Hs held here (D5, L1) – both teams scored in the previous seven.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 20:30.