Hoffenheim’s campaign this season has been quite positive, eventhough Julian Nagelsmann already left them. His former assistant, Alfred Schroeder can continue his legacy with pride. Their chance to play in the Champions League or at least in Europa League is still open as they sit on the seventh of the table with thirty three points, or just four points away from the UCL zone. This weekend, Hoffenheim will face off Wolfsburg whose form is still inconsistent lately.
Sebastian Rudy and Co were rather unfortunate in their previous match last weekend. They were defeated 0-1 by Frieburg as Luca Waldsmicht scored through a penalty. Hoffenheim was actually playing quite well with several shots on goals, including Christian Baumgartner's strike which only hit the post.
Their counterpart, Wolfsburg, had a 1-1 draw against Fortuna Duessldorf last weekend. They were one goal behind as Mathias Zimmermann opened the score sheet. Oliver Glasners men finally could equalise as Renato Steffen converted Admir Mehmedi's cross into a goal by his header.
Missing players and probable lineups
Alfred Schroeder, who was once Julian Nagelsmanns assistant, often deploys various formations too as his predecessor, from 3-4-2-1, 5-3-2 or 4-3-3. He relies on the Croatian Andrej Kramaric as the main scorer supported by Ihlas Bebou or the versatile Danish youngster, Robert Skov. Unfortunately, Kramarijc will be sidelined due to his fitness issue along with Denis Geiger and Ishak Belfodil.
Hoffenheim: Oliver Baumann; Benjamin Hubner, Kevin Akpoguma, Havard Nordveit; Robert Skov, Florian Grillitsch, Sebastian Rudy, Pavel Kaderabek; Ihlas Bebou, Jurgen Locadia; Sargis Adamyan.
Oliver Glasner tends to opt for various formations from 3-4-2-1, 3-4-3 or 4-3-3. He relies on Wout Weighorst as the main scorer. This Dutch frontman has netted seven goals and provided two assists. Their inconsistent form is something Glasner needs to work on this season. Sadly, similar to their contender, Wolfsburg will be losing three names for this fixture. They are William and Ignacio Camacho due to their injury and Marin Pongracic for his suspension.
Vfl Wolfsburg: Koen Casteels; John Brooks, Kevin Mbabu, Robin Knoche, Jeremy Roussillon ; Max Arnold, Marcel Tisserand, Joshua Guillavogui; Renato Steffen, Josip Brekalo; Wout Weghorst.
Despite being on a lower position, Wolfsburg is the superior side in the head-to-head meetings as they managed to win twice and draw three times in the last six encounters. However, Hoffenheim has the home advantage which led them to a victory against Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen this season.
In this battle of the mid table, both teams have similar issue, inconsistency. Yet, playing at their home turf could be a slight advantage for Hoffenheim. They have better record at home, including beating Schalke, Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. A narrow win seems quite plausible for the host.
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