Preview - Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg 25 September 21

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Match Day 6
Hoffenheim vs Wolfsburg
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: PreZero Arena

Hoffenheim:   
Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 1.60
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Jacob Bruun Larsen (2)

Wolfsburg:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 0.40
Top Scorer: Wout Weghorst (3)

Heading into week six in the Bundesliga and just the three sides are yet to taste defeat this season. Included amongst that number, and sitting in second spot - only behind leaders Bayern Munich on goal difference - are Wolfsburg. It's a potentially tricky one up next though for Wout Weghorst and co, as they travel to the PreZero Arena to take on Hoffenheim.

It was honours even in the meetings between the sides last season, Hoffenheim wining 2-1 in this one and Wolfsburg coming out on top by that same score-line in the reverse fixture.

Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hübner are out injured for the home side. Wolfsburg look set to be without Xaver Schlager, Bartosz Bialek, William and Paulo Otávio.

A perfect four from four to start the season, Wolfsburg's winning run came to an end when held to a draw by Eintracht at home last time out. They were possibly a little unfortunate not to win that one having been the better side on the day and will likely be confident about bouncing back here. So far on the road they have won 2-1 at Hertha Berlin and 2-0 at Greuther Fürth.

Starting the season with a bang when wining 4-0 at Augsburg, Hoffenheim are without a win in their four games since, conceding twice in three of their last four. So far at home they have drawn 2-2 with Union Berlin and lost 2-0 to Mainz.

We expect Wolfsburg to fare better over the course of the season, and they probably are favourites to win this even on the road. Could be close but we will take a narrow away success in this one.



Prediction: Hoffenheim 1 - 2 Wolfsburg




Harry85

Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 11 - 13
Shots on target: 7 - 8
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 50% - 50%
Referee: Daniel Siebert

Cards:
Hoffenheim: Pavel Kaderábek (Yellow), Florian Grillitsch (Yellow)
Wolfsburg: Maximilian Arnold (Yellow), Jérôme Roussillon (Yellow)

Goals:
25 minutes 0-1 (Ridle Baku): Wolfsburg winning the ball in the right channel. Maximilian Philipp clipping a pass forward to find Baku around 22 yards out in the left channel. Superb from Baku from there - cutting back onto his right with the defence backing off and curling a wonderful effort into the right-hand side.

45+1 minutes 1-1 (Andrej Kramaric): David Raum playing in the corner from the left. His centre making it through bodies and into the path of Kramaric to plant a header into the right-hand side from around six yards out to the right.

73 minutes 2-1 (Christoph Baumgartner): An incisive ball from deep from Florian Grillitsch sending Pavel Kaderábek scampering into the right of the area. Kaderábek cutting the ball back and the arriving Baumgartner sweeping home into the bottom left from 12 yards out to the right of centre.

81 minutes 3-1 (Pavel Kaderábek): Hoffenheim awarded a free kick twenty yards out to the right of centre. David Raum's clipped effort over the wall having the keeper beaten all ends up but coming back off the right-hand post. Straight to the lurking Kaderábek though who turned home into the right-hand side from six yards out and central.


Analysis:
It started well enough for Wolfsburg and in truth they continued to give as good as they got for just about the duration of this one, being level on possession and just shading the shot count. Ultimately on this occasion it was Hoffenheim's greater incisiveness in the final third which won the day.

League Standings: Hoffenheim move up to ninth. Wolfsburg sit third.




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