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).
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.
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.
- 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.