Preview - Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg 28 April 19

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Match Day 31
Hoffenheim vs. Wolfsburg
Sunday, April 28th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.17
Average goals against per match: 1.37
Top Scorer: Andrej Kramarić (16)

Last five matches form: W L W L D
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Wout Weghorst (12)

He have a potentially pivotal clash in terms of Europa League qualification on Match Day 31 in the Bundesliga as seventh placed Hoffenheim play host to ninth place Wolfsburg. Seventh will be good enough to make the Europa League this season, and as such with only four points separating the sides headed into the game there's plenty riding on this one.

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse of this fixture, with the game in Wolfsburg finishing in a 2-2 draw. Hoffenheim were comfortable 3-0 winners in the game here last season.

Joelinton and Dennis Geiger are out injured for the home side whilst Kerem Demirbay is suspended. Ignacio Camacho, Koen Casteels and Marvin Stefaniak are all out for Wolfsburg.

Hoffenheim are going well at present with just the one defeat in their last eleven league fixtures, and wins in each of their last four. Having won only three of their first eleven here this season, they have now won each of their last four, scoring two or more in each of those games.

With seven wins and two draws from their first 12 away fixtures, things were going pretty well for Wolfsburg. It hasn't been so great of late though and they arrive here having lost each of their last three on the road, scoring none and conceding 10.

There wouldn't be a whole lot between these two in terms of overall ability. Hoffenheim are playing better at present though, and with home advantage they can pick up the points.

Prediction: Hoffenheim 3 - 1 Wolfsburg


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots:  18 - 21
Shots on target: 7 - 10
Corner Kicks: 9 - 3
Possession: 45% - 55%

Two bookings apiece in Hoffenheim, with referee Deniz Aytekin taking the names of Nico Schulz and Pavel Kaderabek of the home side and William and Maximilian Arnold of Wolfsburg.

There were a few pretty surprising results on Match Day 31 in the Bundesliga, and this must count amongst that number. Wolfsburg winning wasn't a huge shock in itself, but the final score-line here certainly made us look twice. They did deserve the points too, having coming out ahead on most of the key measures here - for all that Hoffenheim certainly didn't help themselves.

The home side got off to a flier here too when taking the lead in the ninth minute. Lightning quick attack beginning in their own half and moving the ball from right to left, and ending with Nico Schulz whipping a low ball across the six yard box from inside the area on the left. Adam Szalai on hand to apply the finishing touch from around three yards.

The hosts were then handed the opportunity to double their advantage when awarded a penalty kick in the 15th minute. Andrej Kramaric stuttering his run up and firing his effort off the left-hand post. A costly miss.

Wolfsburg equalised four minutes before the break. A cross in from the right being cleared, but only to William lurking in the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. One touch inside and another to curl a wonderful finish into the top right and we were all square headed into the break.

Wolfsburg took the lead in the 69th minute, courtesy of an absolute howler from home keeper Oliver Baumann. William's cross from the right finding Wout Weghorst towards the back post. His header was down and on target but straight at the keeper. Rather than save it though, Baumann instead somehow bundled the ball into the back of his own net.

Five minutes from time the destination of the points was assured. Maximilian Arnold played in on the left and firing at goal. Baumann again doing his best impression of a sieve to be beaten at his near post.

Two minutes from time Wolfsburg bagged a fourth. Arnold sent scampering down the left and playing an excellent low cross into the area. Weghorst on the end of it around seven yards out and in a central area, meeting it in stride to volley into the top right. 1-4 final score.

A big blow for Hoffenheim in their pursuit of the Champion's League. They drop to seventh and are now four points behind fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt with only three games to play. Seventh will be good for the Europa League, but they need to be careful in that regard too, with Wolfsburg now only a point behind in eighth.

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