Foot Predictions shows the Bundesliga clash on Saturday between Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Hoffenheim to assume Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with visitors looking to keep their eighth consecutive game without conceding goals in the league.
Hoffenheim, on the other hand, can play more freely, as they have won five points in the last three league games to move away from the relegation zone.
In fact, despite the disappointing drop in the Europa League knockout stage at the first hurdle for the Norwegian Mold, Sebastian Hoeness you can at least sleep peacefully at night, almost certainly knowing that your team will remain in the Bundesliga for another season.
The 1-1 draw last weekend with Union Berlin put Hoffenheim nine points clear of the last three, with just a bad way to see them get nervous again.
Die Kraichgauer was unfortunate not to win in Berlin too, with an improvised central defender Florian Grillitschawkward travel of in the penal area allowing Max Kruse to score on the penalty kick and cancel a very good showing of the visitors, which at least earned a point via Nico Schlotterbeckthe goal itself.
Hoeness hopes that, with greater confidence, a bigger fortune will come after what has been a tumultuous campaign. However, his team has everything to face a Wolfsburg team, who are not even conceding goals at the moment, much less losing league games.
However, despite an incredible run of form in the Bundesliga taking Wolfsburg to third place in the table and six points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in fifth place, Oliver Glasner he would have been disappointed with his team’s 2-0 defeat at RB Leipzig at DFP-Pokal in the middle of the week.
In a close encounter, the second half strikes Yussuf Poulsen and Hwang Hee-chan he threw the wolves out of the bowl, leaving them with only the garter to focus on.
This may not be a bad thing, however, competing in the Champions League for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in 2015-16, undoubtedly Glasner and his board’s priority.
They may need to start creating more chances again to cross the line, however, after a 2-0 win over tough Hertha Berlin last weekend. The hosts struggled to create something worth noting until Maxence LacroixThe late header won the three points, having received the first goal of Lukas Klunterthe goal itself.
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The Hoffenheim availability crisis shows little sign of slowing down, with Ishak Belfodil, Kostas Stafylidis, Mijat Gacinovic, Stefan Posch, Havard Nordtveit, Kevin Akpoguma, Dennis Geiger, Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hubner all are likely to be excluded from Wolfsburg’s visit.
Hoeness expects a more clinical performance on his part, with Andrej Kramaric and Ihlas Bebou a dangerous attack partnership for any side to deal with.
Wolfsburg, for his part, will be missing Marin Pongracic after the expulsion of the defender, in additions, against Hertha, while Jerome Roussillon it is not available due to a calf injury.
Glasner’s only midweek change was to bring John Brooks back to the team ahead of Pongracic, so the 46-year-old must play again with the same team.
Possible initial line-up for Hoffenheim:
Baumann; Vogt, Grillitsch, Richards; Kaderabek, Rudy, Samassekou, Sessegnon; Baumgartner; Kramaric, Bebou
Possible initial Wolfsburg line-up:
Casteels; Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Otavio; Schlager, Arnold; Baku, Gerhardt, Steffen; Weghorst
Probability: Hoffenheim 1-2 Wolfsburg
We can imagine Wolfsburg fighting for another victory, but perhaps at the expense of their remarkable series of games without conceding goals.
Kramaric and Bebou must cause them problems at times, but likewise Glasner’s side may have a lot going the other way against an impromptu defense.
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