On Saturday, March 3rd, head-coach Bruno Labbadia will take charge of a Wolves home game for the first time at the Volkswagen Arena. The opponents on the day, Bayer 04 Leverkusen (kick-off 15:30 CET) are ironically a former employer of the new VfL coach. Labbadia took charge of Bayer 04 during the 2008/2009 season, guiding Bayer to the DFB-Cup final, where they were ultimately undone by SV Werder Bremen. In Leverkusen, the Wolves will be welcoming their favourite home opponent to Wolfsburg, with VfL having won more home games against Leverkusen than any other team in the league (14). The Green-Whites have also scored more home goals against Bayer than anyone else (42). Clashes between these two sides have a history of producing plenty of goals. VfL und Bayer have never played out a score-less draw in the and their previous 41 meetings have averaged 3,5 goals per game!
Run comes to an end
The Green-Whites coach would indeed be happy to see a personal record of his continue. With his previous clubs, Labbadia has always won his second match! However, in eleven previous Bundesliga clashes with Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the 52-yeaer-old has never managed to claim a victory (4 draws, 7 defeats). From all other teams he has faced as a coach more than twice, Leverkusen are the only side against which he is yet to secure a win. That considered, at least one run of outcomes will come to an end this Saturday.
Room for improvement
One statistic which the Wolves will be particularly eager to improve upon is the following: In spite of taking a 1-0 lead early on against Mainz last Friday evening, the Wolves were unable to secure all three points on matchday 24. This season, in 13 games in which they went in front, the Wolves won merely four (seven draws, two defeats) - league-wide the poorest tally (31%).
During the first half of the season, the Green-White display true moral in Leverkusen, twice coming from behind to play out a 2-2 (1-1) draw. Bayer took the lead through Lars Bender Bayer (29'), but Divock Origi headed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time (44'). In the second period, the hosts again went in front through Lucas Alario (61'), but just eight minutes later, Jakub Blaszczykowski put the Wolves back on level terms (69'). In the closing minutes, Victor Osimhen had the chance to snag all three points for Wolfsburg, but his shot scraped past the wrong side of the post.