VfL Wolfsburg women’s team could hardly have wished for a more difficult start to the second half of the season. On Friday 14 February (kick-off 19:15 CET), the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga leaders travel to second-placed TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a top-of-the-table showdown.
The hosts trail the unbeaten She-Wolves by just three points, with their only defeat so far this season coming in the corresponding fixture in September. A brace from Pernille Harder and a further strike from Ewa Pajor earned the Green-and-Whites a comfortable 3-0 victory at the AOK Stadion.
Hoffenheim are expecting a record attendance at the Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion on Friday, with up to 2,000 supporters set to contribute to a red-hot atmosphere in Kraichgau.
“No title decider”
Head coach Stephan Lerch has played down suggestions that a She-Wolves victory would amount to a decisive blow in the race for the Bundesliga title. “If everything goes well, we’ll be particularly busy in the spring with a lot of midweek games,” said Lerch. “That’s why it’s important for us to extend our lead with a win in Hoffenheim. That’s exactly what we’ll try to do.”
Gunnarsdottir the only absentee
Lerch will only be without midfielder Sara Gunnarsdottir, who has yet to fully recover from a knee problem. The Icelandic player has already returned to light training, but the game against Hoffenheim comes too soon for the 29-year-old.