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VfB vs Hoffenheim: 'No discussion' about Borna Sosa, Zagadou wobbles


Highlights: VfB Stuttgart host TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on matchday 34 of the Bundesliga. VfB have their salvation in their own hands after beating Mainz 05 4-1. TSG are already saved from relegation, but Pellegrino Matarazzo still wants to win against his former club. Borna Sosa is back in the starting line-up, but Dan-Axel Zagadou's involvement is questionable. The match will take place at the Allianz Arena in Berlin.

On matchday 34 of the Bundesliga, VfB Stuttgart host TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. All information about the season finale in our ticker.

  • VfB Stuttgart – TSG Hoffenheim (-:-)
  • Lineups: How the teams play
  • Starting position: VfB have it in their own hands
  • Matarazzo wants to win: What the ex-VfB coach says about the game
  • The ticker will be updated continuously.

VfB Stuttgart vs TSG Hoffenheim: The line-ups

Predicted line-up VfB StuttgartBredlow - Mavropanos, Anton, Ito - Vagnoman, Karazor, W. Endo, Sosa - Silas, Tomas - Guirassy
Predicted line-up TSG HoffenheimBaumann - Kabak, Brooks, Akpoguma - Becker, Geiger, Angelino - Prömel, Kramaric - Bebou, Baumgartner

Borna Sosa is back in the starting line-up at VfB Stuttgart, Zagadou's involvement is questionable

In the run-up to the game against TSG Hoffenheim, VfB coach Sebastian Hoeneß has made it clear that Borna Sosa will play again. "Borna is fit and makes a good impression. If he stays fit, he'll play, there's no discussion for me. It is an important factor for us. He's trained for this position," the Stuttgart coach explained. Against Mainz 05, Nikolas Nartey replaced the Croatian at left-back, who was sidelined at short notice due to inflammation in his mouth and throat.

Meanwhile, the use of Dan-Axel Zagadou, who was substituted against Mainz due to a head injury, is questionable. Although this no longer causes him any problems, the Frenchman is now plagued by foot problems, so that a failure is likely. Nevertheless, Hoeneß has a "faint hope" that Zagadou will be fit in time for the game against Hoffenheim. If this is not the case, Konstantinos Mavropanos replaces him.

Borna Sosa is ready to play for VfB Stuttgart again. © Press photo Rudel/Robin Rudel/IMAGO

TSG Hoffenheim already saved: Pellegrino Matarazzo still wants to win against former club VfB Stuttgart

With a 4-2 win against FC Union Berlin, TSG Hoffenheim managed to stay in the league last matchday. Thus, the Kraichgauer is spared a relegation final against VfB Stuttgart. Nevertheless, TSG want to win. Ahead of his return to his old place of work, former Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo told Sky: "I wish TSG to win and VfB stay in the league. This is not diplomatic, but the truth, which I feel. We are competitors. I'm the coach of TSG. We're going there to score points."


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VfB Stuttgart have put themselves in a good position to achieve their goal of staying in the league

Stuttgart - After VfB Stuttgart's 4-1 win over Mainz 05, the Swabians should be relieved at least for a short time. As a result, they have their salvation on the last matchday against TSG Hoffenheim in their own hands. A win is needed, then the results in the other places are irrelevant for VfB, who in this case would also play first division football next year.

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2023-05-26

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