Ozan Kabak gets his first taste of a home game at Hoffenheim as Bochum travel to the PreZero Arena on Saturday (kick-off: 3.30pm CEST).
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The 22-year-old Turkish defender scored from the bench on his debut for Hoffenheim in the DFB Cup first round against Rödinghausen, but got his first start last time out at Borussia Mönchengladbach. He was forced to move into the back three after Stefan Posch’s first red card, with summer compatriot Stanley Nsoki coming on to help close the gap at the back. Diadie Samassekou was the sacrificed player but he should return alongside Grischa Prömel in midfield. Robert Skov got the goal to take the lead at Gladbach in what ended up being a 3-1 loss. It is the Dane’s position at left-back that is most threatened by the signing of Angelino on loan from RB Leipzig. The Spaniard is a candidate to be started from the start but is likely to bow out from the bench.
Bochum also suffered a false start to the season with a 2-1 home loss to Mainz on the opening weekend, despite returning Kevin Stöger leveling against the team he had just left. A muscle problem for former Hoffenheim man Kostas Stafylidis means Thomas Reis is short of left-backs, so Saidy Janko should cover there, with Jannes Horn and Danilo Soares already sidelined. Erhan Masovic started alongside Ivan Ordets in central defence, but the signing of Dominique Heintz, on loan from Union Berlin, puts competition back there after the summer departures of Armel Bella Kotchap and Maxim Leitsch.
Look: Bochum completed the double over Hoffenheim thanks to a brace from Takuma Asano at Sinsheim
- Andrej Kramaric has scored against 23 of the 25 different clubs he has faced in the Bundesliga. Bochum and Greuther Fürth are the two exceptions.
- Only Prömel from Hoffenheim (7.82 miles/ 12.6 kilometers) covered more ground than Asano from Bochum (7.64 mi/ 12.3 km) on the first day.
- Hoffenheim have gone 10 Bundesliga matches without a win, since beating Cologne 1-0 on March 6, 2022.
- Asano scored his only Bundesliga brace to date when the two sides last met in April. That’s half of his tally of goals in 56 Bundesliga appearances.
- Stöger took or had seven shots on goal on Matchday 1. Only Alassane Plea (nine), Dani Olmo (11) and Christopher Nkunku (12) have been involved in more.
- Bochum have won their last three against Hoffenheim – their best winning streak of any Bundesliga side they have faced.
Hoffenheim: Baumann (c) – Kabak, Vogt, Nsoki – Kaderabek, Samassekou, Prömel, Skov – Baumgartner, Kramaric – Rutter
Out: Bebou (knee), Bicakcic (knee), Geiger (illness), Hübner (ankle), Posch (suspended), Stiller (ankle)
Coach: André Breitenreiter
Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa, Masovic, Ordets, Janko – Losilla (c), Stöger – Asano, Zoller, Holtmann – Hofmann
Out: Horn (thigh), Osterhage (muscular), Soares (hip), Stafylidis (muscular)
Doubtful: Goralsky (eye)
Coach: Thomas Reis