All you need to know ahead of the Wolves’ visit to Sinsheim to face TSG Hoffenheim.
This is a relatively new fixture in the Bundesliga calendar, but when TSG Hoffenheim and VfL Wolfsburg have faced each other there have usually been plenty of goals. Indeed, three or more have been scored in 19 of the 24 competitive games between the two teams to date.
The statistics point to a victory for the Green-and-Whites, who have won 11, drawn seven and lost just six of their league meetings with TSG. The Wolves also came out on top in their only DFB Cup game against Hoffenheim, winning 3-2 in Sinsheim in the 2013/14 quarter-finals. We’ve rounded up the other key facts and figures ahead of VfL’s latest visit on Saturday.
VfL’s first away match against Hoffenheim following the Sinsheim club’s promotion in 2008 was held in Mannheim. TSG’s current home was only finished several months later.
Former Hoffenheim coach Lorenz-Günther Köstner is a familiar name to VfL fans, having coached the Wolves’ Under-23s for several years and taken charge of the first team on an interim basis in 2010 and 2012. Köstner took over from Hansi Flick at TSG in 2005/06 before being replaced by Ralf Rangnick.
Both teams feature once in the all-time list of Bundesliga champions and ‘autumn champions’. The Wolves lifted the title in 2009, but not before newly-promoted Hoffenheim had produced an astonishing start to top the table at the halfway mark.
The Green-and-Whites have led the Bundesliga 20 times overall (most recently after Matchday 1 in 2011/12), while TSG have topped the table on 15 occasions. The Sinsheim outfit last occupied first place after Matchday 1 in 2014/15.
When VfL entered the professional ranks in 1992, Hoffenheim were celebrating winning the amateur Bezirksliga title. Remarkably, neither side has been relegated since.
The Wolves were almost sent down by Hoffenheim on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign. Felix Magath’s side had one foot in the second tier after falling behind through Roberto Firmino (49’), but goals from Mario Mandzukic (60’, 73’) and Grafite (78’) rescued VfL from the drop.