Football: Bayern hunt perfect 10 at Hoffenheim

Runaway league leaders Bayern Munich face relegation-threatened Hoffenheim on Sunday looking for their 10th straight victory and their 20th Bundesliga win from 24 games this season.

Bayern are high on confidence after knocking holders Borussia Dortmund out of the German Cup on Wednesday and another league victory would see them maintain their 17 point lead at the top of the table.

The Bavarians are hunting their first silverware since May 2010 and despite the 44-point difference between themselves and second from bottom Hoffenheim, there is no complacency from the Munich camp.

"I was pleased with training, the players are very, very focused, hungry but also humble," said director of sport Matthias Sammer.

"On Sunday we must make a special effort to demonstrate our class in the way we perform. If we've recovered our energy, we'll see the Bayern we're used to in Hoffenheim."

While Arjen Robben's thunderbolt strike on Wednesday sealed their 1-0 win over Dortmund, ending Bayern's six-game winless streak against Borussia, the victory is now firmly in the past.

"The victory adds to our self-belief -- it just confirms we're on the right track," added Sammer.

"That was very important in terms of the rest of the season."

Coach Jupp Heynckes welcomes back Franck Ribery, who was suspended for the Dortmund cup win, but reserve striker Claudio Pizarro is out with flu.

"On Thursday he was complaining about feeling tired, and his blood results aren't good," said Heynckes.

The Bayern boss is expected to make a few changes.

"We're again ready for action, we're hungry for success," said Heynckes.

While Bayern are flying high, Hoffenheim are battling for survival after five seasons in the Bundesliga.

"Perhaps this is exactly the right game for our team at this point in time," said Hoffenheim general manager Andreas Mueller.

"When people say we have nothing to lose against Bayern, I have to argue. We have three points to lose."

Hoffenheim face a crucial seven days as they face bottom team Greuther Fuerth on March 9.

They have won only one of their last 13 games, including two draws and suffered 10 defeats.

Hoffenheim coach Marco Kurz will be without captain Andreas Beck and midfielder Eugen Polanski, who are both suspended.