Hoffenheim will look to make it a Turkish double when they travel to Istanbul to take on Basaksehir in UEFA Europa League Group C on Thursday (kick-off: 19:00CET/18:00GMT).
Julian Nagelsmann’s men broke their European duck with a commanding 3-1 win in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, but have failed to win domestically since. A 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg and a 3-1 home defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach sandwiched their surprise exit of the DFB Cup in midweek – the club’s worst run of the Nagelsmann era. Another setback in the Turkish capital could leave them bottom of the group and needing to win their final two games against Braga and Ludogrets to extend their stay in the competition.
Although a draw would not be the end of the world for Hoffenheim, it could spell the end of the road for Basaksehir, who only have a point to show for their first three assignments in Group C. Abdullah Avci’s side occupy second place in the current Süper Lig standings, though, and bounced back from defeat in Sinsheim by holding league leaders and defending champions Besiktas to a 1-1 draw and beating Akhisar at the weekend.
Basaksehir: Günok – Caicara, Epureanu, Attamah, Clichy – Inler, Kahveci – Torun, Frei – Erdinc, Batdal (c)
Absentees: Chedjou (foot), Korkmaz (training setback)
Coach: Abdullah Avci
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Posch, Vogt (c), Hübner – Kaderabek, Geiger, Amiri, Schulz – Demirbay – Uth, Wagner
Absentees: Bicakcic (knee), Zulj (shin), Gnabry (thigh), Szalai (hamstring)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
- All four goals came in the second half of the reverse fixture in Sinsheim.
- Hoffenheim have lost both their away outings in this season’s Europa League, and suffered a 4-2 defeat at Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League group stage playoffs.
- Dennis Geiger will miss Hoffenheim’s next group game away to Braga, if booked.
- Basaksehir have never won a Europa League match. This will be their tenth outing in the competition.
- Basaksehir’s Tunay Torun was born in Hamburg, and played for Hamburg (2008/11), Hertha (2011/12) and Stuttgart (2012/13).
- Mevlut Erdinc made 11 Bundesliga appearances for Hannover in 2015/16.