Schalke in need of lift at unbeaten Hoffenheim

Both TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Schalke 04 go into Sunday's clash at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT) seeking their first wins of the campaign, but it is the Royal Blues who find themselves in a precarious predicament following four straight defeats.

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So close to a first triumph last Tuesday, Julian Nagelsmann's team were dealt a blow when SV Darmstadt 98 scored an injury-time winner in the teams’ 1-1 draw. Still undefeated after four draws, the south-western side will be hoping to put their Sunday hoodoo behind them and inflict more misery on their wounded opponents.

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Fresh from their Matchday 4 reverse at home to FC Köln, Schalke travel to the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena needing a kick-start to their so-far stuttering season. With an eye on halting his own poor run against Sunday's opponents, coach Markus Weinzierl will look to his team's sole goalscorer this term, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, to be decisive.

Match Facts

    Hoffenheim are only the fifth team in Bundesliga history to open with four draws.Schalke await their first points after four opening Bundesliga matches for only the second time, Felix Magath's 2010 side having previously suffered a similar fate. Weinzierl is the first Schalke coach to lose his opening four Bundesliga games in charge of the club.A former coach at FC Augsburg, Weinzierl has lost four of his last five games against Hoffenheim. Schalke have lost their first two away Bundesliga games for the first time in twelve years.Hoffenheim haven't won a Sunday fixture in their last eleven attempts since 2014.

The venue - WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena