Borussia Dortmund - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Die Kraichgauer looking to fight the odds against yielding Yellows

Borussia Dortmund remain strong in their pursuit for the league title, but hopeful Hoffenheim will be looking to get a result at the lion's den on Sunday afternoon.

Borussia Dortmund vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Die Kraichgauer looking to fight the odds against yielding Yellows

 Title challengers Borussia Dortmund will be looking to keep the fight to Bayern Munich when they take on relegation candidates Hoffenheim at the Westfalenstadion on Sunday at 14:30 GMT.

Buoyant Borussia

 It goes without saying that Dortmund have enjoyed their home ties, not just in the Bundesliga, but in all competitions, having lost only the once and dropped just two league points, in the 2-2 draw to Darmstadt. In fact, only Bayern have a superior home record, winning all games.

 Dortmund will be looking to improve upon their controversial win away to Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena which saw them close the divide at the top to eight points, yet again. On top of this, die Schwarzgelbe also put Portuguese giants FC Porto to the sword, comfortably degeating them over two legs. Dortmund's defence has been fairly overlooked this season, boasting six clean sheets from eight, conceding only to Stuttgart and Gladbach.

Hopeful Hoffenheim

 Hoffenheim haven't exactly been the strongest side on the road. One win in eleven away games this season (win at Augsburg) makes for some fairly dull reading and thus puts Achtzehn99 knee-deep in relegation worries. Only Wolfsburg 'better' Hoffenheim's awful away record.

 It's not all dull news, however. Ever since taking the helm, Julian Nagelsmann seems to have breathed new life into his side. Achieving Hoffenheim's fourth away result of the seaon in the draw at Werder Bremen, but more importantly, defeating an in-form Mainz side in a thriller at home.

Julian Weigl and Pirmin Schwegler contestin for the ball | Photo: UEFA
Julian Weigl and Pirmin Schwegler contesting for the ball | Photo: UEFA

 The reverse fixture saw both sides play out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Rhein-Neckar Arena thanks to goals from Sebastian Rudy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, back in September

Managers speak their minds

 Thomas Tuchel spoke openly ahead of the match: "I expect Hoffenheim to tactically align to our playing style. We have to work on some individual tactical tweaks." and spoke of what he wants to see, "I want a team on the field that has the necessary sharpness and also the necessary hunger on Sunday."

 Tuchel also voiced his player concerns, notably on Mats Hummels, Lukasz Piszczek and the ill Ilkay Guendogan. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not training due to illness and such a concern is considered contagious.

 Julian Nagelsmann wants his side to step up to the challenge. "We want an answer on every question BVB has for us on the field." before praising his opponent's manager, "BVB had a lot of matches lately, but Tuchel knows how to rotate properly."

 Later Nagelsmann spoke well of the win over Mainz, " The team did good versus Mainz. They're in a good mood, but they know how to classify it correctly."

 Hoffenheim's only injury concern is Tarik Elyounoussi who will miss Sunday's match due to knee problems.