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Out to extend fine form

Facts and figures on VfL’s away match at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The Wolves are looking to stretch their unbeaten Bundesliga run to 10 matches when they travel to TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday 6 March (15:30 CET). If the teams’ recent encounters are anything to go by, the Green-and-Whites have an excellent chance of continuing their impressive form this weekend.

Facts and figures

  • One-sided encounter: Hoffenheim are winless in their last five meetings with the Wolves (D2 L3) – their longest barren run against VfL in their history. The Green-and-Whites have lost just one of their previous nine games against TSG, losing 3-0 on 10 March 2018 courtesy of strikes from Nico Schulz, Serge Gnabry and an own goal from Josuha Guilavogui.

  • TSG steadying the ship: Hoffenheim are unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga games, drawing 2-2 in Dortmund and 1-1 at Union Berlin either side of a 4-0 victory at home to Werder Bremen. This is TSG’s longest run without defeat this season.

  • Strong attack, leaky defence: TSG have scored just as many Bundesliga goals as Wolfsburg this season (37), but defensively the Sinsheim club have not been in the same league. VfL have conceded fewer goals (19) than anyone else in the division this term, and 21 fewer than Hoffenheim.

  • Best in 2021: VfL have not lost any of their previous nine league encounters (W6 D3) – currently the longest unbeaten run in the top flight.

  • Rock-solid VfL: Oliver Glasner’s side have not conceded a single goal in their last seven Bundesliga games – a club record.

  • Unbeatable Casteels: Wolves custodian Koen Casteels has now gone 666 minutes without picking the ball out of his own net. There have only been five longer runs without conceding in Bundesliga history.

  • Best in the league: Casteels spent three and a half years at Hoffenheim between August 2011 and January 2015, conceding 86 goals in 39 league appearances. The Belgian, who was still relatively inexperienced at the time, only managed to save 56 per cent of efforts on his goal during his time at TSG, compared to 78 per cent as a VfL player this season. No goalkeeper has a better save ratio this term than the 28-year-old.



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