Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
Wolfsburg will be aiming to recover from a heavy 6-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund when they take on Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon. The Wolves failed to impress in their last league match, but they are still seen as favourites to beat Hoffenheim in front of home fans. Both Fischer and Paredes should be recalled to the starting XI, while all Maxence Lacroix, Paulo Otavio, and Lukas Nmecha are out of contention through injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Eintracht Frankfurt and they managed to get one. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s troops, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Wolfsburg’s party at Volkswagen Arena. As for the away team, Kevin Akpoguma is back from suspension, while fellow defender Stanley Nsoki is banned for the match. All Pavel Kaderabek, Kevin Vogt, and Justin Che should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Rudy):
After spending his youth career at the likes of Dietingen, Zimmern and Stuttgart, Sebastian Rudy started playing for Stuttgart II at senior level. The right back, who is capable of playing as a midfielder as well, made 37 league appearances for the Stuttgart reserve team, scoring 12 goals in the process.
After making 15 appearances for the first team, he joined Hoffenheim in 2010 and he has been playing for the Bundesliga team ever since. Sebastian Rudy is very quick on the ball and he is able to deliver a decent cross. Rudy scored two goals in 24 league appearances for Hoffenheim in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign.
Speaking of his international career, Rudy made his Germany debut on 13 May, 2014 in a friendly match against Poland in Hamburg. However, he did not make Germany Euro 2016 squad. Rudy has a contract with Hoffenheim which expires on 30 June, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Wolfsburg):
Wolfsburg are a German football club founded in the aftermath of the World War II (1945). Die Wolfe (The Wolves) wear green and white shirts and they play their home games at Volkswagen Arena. The capacity of the stadium is 30,000 and it was opened on 13 December, 2002.
It is well known that German car manufacturer Volkswagen are the club’s main sponsors. Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga trophy in 2009 and the likes of Edin Dzeko, Grafite and Zvjezdan Misimovic were part of the club’s golden generation.
You should bear in mind that Grafite and Dzeko scored 54 goals between each other in the 2008/2009 Bundesliga campaign and that the team clinched the trophy thanks to a 5-1 win over Werder Bremen on 23 May, 2009. Die Wolfe won the German Cup trophy in 2015, with the team beating star-studded Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the title game. Wolfsburg are a team that has no bitter rivals in German football.