Hoffenheim's first home UEFA Champions League game brings a visit from a wounded Manchester City.
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Hoffenheim's inaugural home game in the UEFA Champions League group stage is a first meeting with a Manchester City side needing to regroup swiftly after an unexpected setback on matchday one.
• While Hoffenheim marked their first appearance in the competition proper with a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk – Florian Grillitsch scoring Hoffenheim's first UEFA Champions League goal – City opened Group F by slipping to a 2-1 home loss against Lyon, their fourth straight defeat in the competition.
• Third in last season's Bundesliga – their highest ever finish – Hoffenheim made their European bow against eventual runners-up Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League play-offs (1-2 home, 2-4 away). That was their first and only experience of English opposition to date.
• They went on to pick up five points in the UEFA Europa League group stage, finishing fourth in a section that also included Braga, Ludogorets and İstanbul Başakşehir.
• Hoffenheim lost their first two European home matches before beating İstanbul Başakşehir 3-1 on matchday three of last season's UEFA Europa League; they subsequently drew 1-1 against Ludogorets.
• Die Kraichgauer have won only one of their nine European matches, home and away – although, having lost the first four, they have been beaten only once in the last five.
• Hoffenheim are the 13th German club to feature in the UEFA Champions League – a joint competition record with Spain. They are one of three newcomers to the UEFA Champions League group stage this season, alongside Crvena zvezda and Young Boys.
• Aged 31 years 58 days, Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in UEFA Champions League history on matchday one, replacing Viktor Goncharenko, who was 31 years 99 days when BATE took on Real Madrid on matchday one in 2008/09.
• Josep Guardiola's side finished 19 points clear in the English Premier League last season, picking up a record 100 points – although there was frustration as their European campaign ended against familiar opponents, domestic rivals Liverpool running out 5-1 aggregate winners in the quarter-final.
• The 4-0 win at Basel in last season's round of 16 first leg is City's only success in their last three European away games; they lost the other two.
• The Manchester club picked up six points away from home in last season's group stage, winning at Feyenoord (4-0) and Napoli (4-2) before a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday six.
• City have won only one of their last six European matches, home and away – losing the other five.
• City's best performance was reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals; this is their eighth consecutive appearance in the group stage.
• The Citizens have won two of their last four games in Germany, losing only one; in contrast, they suffered five defeats in their first six visits.
Links and trivia
• Guardiola was Bayern München coach between 2013 and 2016, overseeing five wins and a draw against Hoffenheim.
• Have played in Germany:
Leroy Sané (Schalke 2013–16)
Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen 2012/13, Wolfsburg 2014–16)
İlkay Gündoğan (Bochum 2008, Nürnberg 2009–11, Borussia Dortmund 2011–16)
Vincent Kompany (Hamburg 2006–08)
• Gündoğan scored the only goal as Dortmund beat Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga in December 2014.
• Have played in England:
Andrej Kramarić (Leicester 2015–16)
Håvard Nordtveit (Arsenal 2007–10, West Ham 2016/17)
Reiss Nelson (Arsenal 2017–18)
• Have played together:
Andrej Kramarić & Riyad Mahrez (Leicester 2015–16)
Ádám Szalai & Leroy Sané (Schalke 2013/14)
Leonardo Bittencourt & İlkay Gündoğan (Dortmund 2012/13)
• International team-mates:
Nico Schulz & İlkay Gündoğan, Leroy Sané (Germany)
Reiss Nelson & Phil Foden (England Under-19s)
• Summer transfers
In: Leonardo Bittencourt (Köln), Ishak Belfodil (Standard Liège), Joshua Brenet (PSV), Vincenzo Grifo (Mönchengladbach), Kasim Nuhu (Young Boys)
Out: Eugen Polanski (unknown), Mark Uth (Schalke), Benedikt Gimber (Ingolstadt), In-hyeok Park (Daejeon), Philipp Ochs (Aalborg, loan)
• Five of Hoffenheim's last nine Bundesliga games have finished 3-1, including the first two this season, a defeat at Bayern on the opening day and win against Freiburg. On 25 September they also won 3-1 in Hannover; they were beaten 2-1 at home by RB Leipzig on Saturday.
• Kasim Nuhu has been sidelined by an ankle problem since 1 September, while an adductor injury had kept out Kerem Demirbay since matchday one before he returned as a substitute against Leipzig.
• Benjamin Hübner has been out since 3 August due to concussion, while Nadiem Amiri underwent foot surgery in mid-August.
• Dennis Geiger has been out since 10 March because of a hamstring injury. Lukas Rupp has not played this season after suffering a knee injury on 5 May.
• Summer transfers
In: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Claudio Gomes (Paris)*, Philippe Sandler (PEC Zwolle)*, Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City)*
Out: Yaya Touré (released), Pablo Maffeo (Stuttgart), Angeliño (PSV), Olarenwaju Kayode (Shakhtar Donetsk, loan made permanent), Pablo Marí (Deportivo La Coruña, loan), Anthony Cáceres (Melbourne City, loan), Kean Bryan (Sheffield United), Tosin Adarabioyo (West Bromwich Albion, loan), Joe Hart (Burnley), Patrick Roberts (Girona, loan), Jason Denayer (Lyon)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad
• City won the FA Community Shield for the fifth time overall – and the first since 2012 – with a 2-0 defeat of Chelsea at Wembley on 5 August, Sergio Agüero scoring both goals.
• The matchday one loss at home to Lyon ended City's 12-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W10 D2), since a 2-1 loss at home to Liverpool in last season's UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg.
• Riyad Mahrez scored his first two City goals in the 5-0 win at Cardiff on 22 September.
• Three days later, Guardiola's side reached the English Cup fourth round with a 3-0 win at Oxford. Mahrez was again on target while 18-year-old Phil Foden scored his first City goal.
• City made it six wins in seven Premier League outings this season with a 2-0 defeat of Brighton on Saturday, a result that took them to the top of the table on goal difference.
• Sergio Agüero has signed a contract extension until 2021.
• Benjamin Mendy has not played since France's 2-1 UEFA Nations League win against the Netherlands on 9 September due to a foot injury.
• Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training on 15 August and has been ruled out for up to three months, while Claudio Bravo faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an Achilles problem on 20 August.