The stakes are high for both clubs when struggling TSG 1899 Hoffenhem entertain Europe-seeking VfL Wolfsburg this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Hoffenheim's forward momentum was stalled by a crushing defeat at VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 25 and they will be looking to bounce straight back when they host high-flying Wolfsburg, who were in UEFA Champions League action in midweek.

Watch: Stuttgart 5-1 Hoffenheim

The Wolves are back on the prowl after a bit of a dip in their season, and with just a handful of points separating them from a place in the Champions League again, their historic progress in Europe's elite club competition this season has whet their appetite for more, with a win in Sinsheim just what they need to keep up their charge.

Watch: Wolfsburg 2-1 Gladbach

History

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Matchday 9 rewind: Wolfsburg 4-2 Hoffenheim

Goals: 1-0 Kruse (1'), 2-0 Dost (9'), 2-1 Toljan (29', 2-2 Schmid (54'), 3-2 Kruse (62'), 4-2 Kruse (83')

Max Kruse scored a hat-trick with Bas Dost's name also on the scoresheet as Wolfsburg responded to a Hoffenheim fightback to secure all three points.

Watch: match highlights

Matchday 26 – match facts

  • Hoffenheim fell to their heaviest defeat of the season against Stuttgart last time out, having not conceded five goals in a game in the current campaign.
  • Wolfsburg have won two games in a row again for the first time in four months
  • Hoffenheim have occupied one of the bottom two positions for the past 18 Matchdays.
  • Wolfsburg have failed to win any of their last four matches which have come after they were involved in a midweek Champions League game.
  • Hoffenheim have yet to drop any points at home under Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Wolfsburg no longer have the worst away record in the league, thanks to their recent 4-0 win in Hanover.
  • Hoffenheim have never scored more goals in a single Bundesliga game than in their 6-2 win over Wolfsburg two years ago.
  • Andre Schürrle won all ten games he has played against Hoffenheim.
  • Koen Casteels started his Bundesliga career with Hoffenheim and conceded 86 goals in 39 games for TSG.

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Possible line-ups

Hoffenheim: Baumann - Schär, Süle, Bicakcic - Kaderabek, Ochs - Schwegler - Amiri - Hamad - Uth, Kramaric

Absentees: Elyounoussi (knee), Strobl (knee), Ochs (calf), Rudy (suspended), Polanski (suspended)

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo - Guilavogui, Arnold - Draxler - Schürrle, Kruse

Absentees: Jung (knee), Naldo (knee), Dost (toe), Benaglio (rib), Ascues (light training)

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