Summary

  • Wolfsburg win needed to steady sinking ship.
  • Hoffenheim back on track after recent slip-up.
  • Nagelsmann hoping for ideal anniversary gift.

In need of a timely Bundesliga shot in the arm, VfL Wolfsburg will be hoping high-flying TSG 1899 Hoffenheim have an off day at the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Their mini-revival checked by successive Bundesliga losses in recent weeks, Wolfsburg are presently wading through a tricky patch. Coach Valerien Ismael – who has lost seven of his twelve top-flight matches at the helm of the Wolves – needs to inspire a turnaround to help steer the 2009 champions away from an unwanted relegation dogfight.

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The hosts' fortunes contrast starkly to those of visiting Hoffenheim, who breezed past 1. FSV Mainz 05 with a season-high equalling 4-0 win on Matchday 19, a result that softened the blow of recently losing their lengthy unbeaten Bundesliga run. Visiting tactician Julian Nagelsmann travels to the Volkswagen Arena a year and a day since taking over at the Sinsheim-based club, yet will no doubt put any anniversary celebrations on hold unless points are picked up.

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Match Stats

  • With 19 points from as many games, Wolfsburg have the lowest tally in their history at this stage of a season.
  • Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio can become Wolfsburg's all-time leading Bundesliga appearance holder on Matchday 20.
  • Six Yunus Malli corners have produced goals - a league high in 2016/17.
  • Nagelsmann's record at the Hoffenheim helm reads: P33, W15, D12, L6.
  • Hoffenheim matched their highest winning margin of the Nagelsmann era in the 4-0 win over Mainz last time out.
  • The corresponding fixture on Matchday 3 finished scoreless.

The Venue - Volkswagen Arena