• FT

    Leverkusen

    3

    Nurnberg

    0

  • FT

    Bayern

    2

    B'weig

    0

  • FT

    Hertha

    0

    FC Augsburg

    0

  • FT

    Mainz

    1

    Dortmund

    3

  • FT

    Hoffenheim

    4

    Bremen

    4

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    Schalke 04

    3

    Stuttgart

    0

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

Rhein-Neckar Arena

Attendance: 25608

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TSG Hoffenheim

  • Sejad Salihovic 12' PEN
  • Sejad Salihovic 18' PEN
  • Kevin Volland 49'
  • Kai Herdling 53'

4 - 4

FT

Werder Bremen

  • Aaron Hunt 45' PEN
  • Eljero Elia 45' +1'
  • Nils Petersen 59'
  • Philipp Bargfrede 90' +1'

TSG Hoffenheim v Werder Bremen: Preview

Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol will give under-fire goalkeeper Koen Casteels the time to prove his critics wrong.

Hoffenheim have conceded more than any other side in the Bundesliga this season, Casteels beaten 30 times in 13 matches.

While admitting that the Belgian has not been in the best of form, Gisdol says that is no reason for him to make changes as he prepares for the visit of Werder Bremen on Saturday.

``He is a hugely talented goalkeeper, even if he is not yet a really good Bundesliga goalkeeper,'' Gisdol said at a press conference. ``He's still got to prove that.''

``We have got to give the lad time to stabilise. He will only get better by playing games, which is what is special about Hoffenheim because we have decided to go this way by giving him time.''

Casteels only recently signed a new contract until 2017, but there have been calls for Jens Grahl to take his place as Hoffenheim's leaky defence continues to concede too frequently.

``We're not planning any changes,'' said Gisdol, who is therefore going to keep his faith in Casteels once again.

Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz is also in the firing line after a sequence of mistakes, most recently in the 3-2 defeat to Mainz last weekend.

His coach Robin Dutt has chosen a different approach by not confirming his place in the side this Saturday in a bid to keep him on his toes.

``I'm keeping that in my mind,'' Dutt said, deflecting an inquisition into the 24-year-old merely by adding that he has ``always backed him this year''.

However, Dutt did ask a question of his own - whether the discussion about Mielitz's place in the side is getting to the player or not.

``He's a young lad who always has a positive outlook on life, but who knows what is happening behind that exterior?'' Dutt said.

``He has had to deal with him being an issue for 18 months and that's not easy for a young lad.

``We've tried to get beyond that exterior, but it's hard to say what a person is really like.

``Take Jens Lehmann, for example. When he was 34, he appeared to be completely different to the Jens Lehmann who, 10 years earlier, got the tram home after being substituted.''

And both goalkeepers can expect to be in the spotlight on Saturday with games involving Hoffenheim seeing 58 goals so far this season, at an average of 4.5 per game.

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