Hoffenheim travel to the North Rhine-Westphalia to face a Dusseldorf side fresh from a chastening defeat to league leaders Bayern Munich.
The home side who suffered a 5:0 defeat last time out will be looking to bounce back and record just their second win in five games.
Alfred Schreuder’s side will head into the tie, hoping to make it three wins from three after their win over Mainz last time out.
The visitors are searching for the last European spot available and can continue their ascent up the table by picking up three points. They are in a decent run of form, with seven points taken from the twelve available since the restart of the Bundesliga.
Uwe Rösler will be without Kaan Ayhan, who misses out through suspension. Zackary Thomas (ligament damage) and Dawid Kownacki (knee) are also out. Bernard Tekpetey, who is nursing a thigh injury, is a doubt for this encounter.
Alfred Schreuder is without Konstantinos Stafyldis (muscle), Andrej Kramic, and Sargis Adamyan for this encounter, while Ishak Belfodli is out for the season, with a knee injury.
Head to Head
The last five meetings between both sides have produced three draws with both sides enjoying a win apiece.
Dusseldorf last five matches in all competitions: LWDDD
Leipzig last five games in all competitions: WWDLD
The home team were on a six-game unbeaten league run (W2, D40 until their chastening defeat to league leaders Bayern Munich last time out.
They sit 10th in the form table, having gathered seven points from the last available 18 in the league. In that period, Uwe Rosler’s boys scored eight times while conceding four.
Although the hosts sit 16th position after picking up 27 points from 29 games, the table would have looked different if matches ended at half time. A first-half finish would have had them in an impressive 9th position with 36 points gathered across 29 matches. In these 29 first halves, the hosts have scored 15 times and conceded 21 times.
Although they have scored more goals in the second half of games, they also have conceded 37 times after the break. At home, they have scored just fifteen times averaging 1.07 per game.
At home, Dusseldorf have conceded 24 goals averaging 1.71 goals in the 14 home games they have played this season. Overall, they kept four clean sheets in league with three at home.
Hoffenheim meanwhile head into the encounter sitting in 7th place with 42 points. A win here will take them temporarily to 6th place with Wolfsburg not in action until Sunday.
Alfred Schreuder’s side is favourites for this encounter, but they must ensure that they stay tight at the back, having kept just two clean sheets since the turn of the year.
In the league, they have kept a total of six clean sheets with four of those coming away from home.
At the other end of the pitch, Hoffenheim has struck a total of 40 times, meaning that they average a total of 1.38 goals per game. Eighteen of those goals have come away from home, while just 13 of the 40 goals have come in the first half.
Alfred Schreuder’s side are better off at the break with 27 goals scored in the league this season after half time. In fact, no team in the top-flight has a better goals difference from the 76th minute till full time with a +7 goal difference-making Hoffenheim masters of late goals. They will be hoping to pick the wings of a tiring Dusseldorf backline.
Meanwhile, the tie is set to be a low scoring encounter as none of Hoffenheim’s last five away trips have produced over 2.5 goals.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 13/10
Hoffenheim to win @ 29/20
Both Teams to Score/ No @ 8/5