Preview: Wolfsburg vs.  Hoffenheim – predictions, team news, series

Preview: Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim – predictions, team news, series

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Bundesliga clash between Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Both teams are hoping to get back to winning ways Wolfsburg recipient Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The Wolves have drawn three consecutive 1-1 draws since the winter break, while Hoffenheim have won just one of their last 10 league games.

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Preview: Wolfsburg vs.  Hoffenheim – predictions, team news, series© Reuters

After picking up good points at Mainz 05 and Heidenheim, Wolfsburg would have had the chance to send struggling FC Koln crashing out in the Volkswagen Arena last weekend.

However, Niko Kovacpart fell back Faride Alidoustrike seven minutes before halftime, and Kevin Paredes quickly restore parity after two minutes. Despite 14 shots in the contest, Wolves were unable to find a winner in the end.

Amazingly, Wolfsburg only drew one of the 16 games before the winter break, but they still drew three of those games. Although they have no fear of relegation, a home run of just two of their last 13 games has dented their European hopes.

This will be especially painful after they had Europa League qualification in their hands on the final day of last season, only to lose at home to Hertha Berlin and fall out of the top seven overall. A win on Sunday could see them top of the table, though, with more time to turn their fortunes around.

Hoffenheim's Maximilian Beier was photographed on November 4, 2023© Reuters

Likewise, Hoffenheim’s form has sunk significantly in the last three months, and Pellegrino MatarazzoThe team has collected only seven points in the last 10 games.

However, let’s not forget that the former Stuttgart manager saved Hoffenheim from relegation when he took charge last February, so winning four of their opening five games this season is always going to be difficult to cope with.

After losing consecutive games to Bayern Munich and Freiburg in their first games back from the winter break, Die Kraichgauer managed to stop the rot against Heidenheim in the final. Eren Dinki gave the newly promoted side the lead before half an hour, but Andrej Kramarić converted a penalty in the seventh minute of injury time in the first half.

In the open game, Matarazzo destroyed that his team could not throw seven shots on the target to be more than one goal, and the goalkeeper of Heidenheim. Kevin Muller to act in a special way. If Hoffenheim can play in Lower Saxony on Sunday, there is every chance they can win.

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Team News

VfL Wolfsburg's Rogerio will leave the field after undergoing treatment on December 5, 2023.© Reuters

Wolfsburg will remain without Lukas finished and Kevin Wimmer because of knee and ankle injuries, while Thiago Tomas he is expected to miss again with an elbow problem. Maximilian Arnold and Yannick Gerhardt He missed the draw against Koln due to illness and is unlikely to be in danger.

As such, Kovac can name an unchanged starting XI, and Vaclav Cerny and Jonas Wind both hope to get back to scoring after being shut out last week.

Hoffenheim, meanwhile, will go without Mergim Berisha and Marco John because of a knee injury, when Dennis Geiger it is set aside by a groin problem. Diadie Samassekou they are still far from Mali for international duty in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Florian Grillitsch he will be suspended for one game after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Heidenheim, meaning Matarazzo could return to the back three, replacing the former Liverpool defender. Ozan Kabak in the way.

The Wolfsburg squad that could start:
Casteels; Mæhle, Lacroix, Jenz, Rogerio; Svanberg, Vranckx; Cerny, Majer, Paredes; The wind

How to start Hoffenheim:
Baumann; Kabak, Brooks, Akpoguma; Kaderabek, Promel, Stach, Nsoki; Kramarić; Weghorst, Beier

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We say: Wolfsburg 1-1 Hoffenheim

With both teams drawing 1-1 last weekend, it may seem lazy to predict the result again, but there is very little to separate the two sides.

Only Bayern Munich have kept Hoffenheim clean this season, while Wolfsburg have only failed to score three times, so we expect to see both goals.

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