Wolfsburg vs Hoffenheim Preview

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking is keeping his team on their toes as they prepare to face Hoffenheim.


Only Bas Dost is injured and Luiz Gustavo suspended but Hecking is refusing to say whether the side will be unchanged from the one that lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen last time out.

Instead, he says the players who have not had so much action this season are keeping the regulars on their toes, and changes could therefore be forthcoming.

"I am toying with the idea of sending the same team out as was on the field against Leverkusen to give them the chance of doing things better, but the players on the fringes are emerging more and more into the spotlight and the competition for places is there, which is how it should be," he said.

What Hecking hopes will not change is his side's home form.

Unlike their travel sickness with three defeats out of three away from home, the Wolves have won their first two home games of the season, scoring six goals in the process.

"We feel the support from the stands at home," Hecking said at a press conference. "This is also down to the way we have performed as a team, so it's up to us once again to make sure we keep the fans behind us."

The fans at the VW-Arena can expect to see plenty of goals too, if games between these two sides down the years, and the record of Hoffenheim this season is anything to go by.

Almost four goals on average have fallen in games between Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim while the visitors have scored 14 and conceded 13 in their first five fixtures.

"Our task in the coming weeks is going to be to find the right balance between defence and attack," said Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol.

"For me it would be fine if there were only three goals this time, just as long as we score one more."

That will be the responsibility of Kevin Volland and Anthony Modeste, although they may not have the supply line frequently provided by Roberto Firmino, who is carrying a knock.

Sejad Salihovic sits out the last of his three-game suspension, meanwhile.

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