VfL Torwart Koen Casteels hält den Ball.
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A meeting of contrasts

All you need to know ahead of VfL’s home match with Hertha Berlin.

VfL Torwart Koen Casteels hält den Ball.

While Oliver Glasner’s side head into Saturday’s home game against Hertha Berlin (kick-off 15:30 CET) on a nine-match unbeaten run, the 15th-placed visitors have picked up only two points from their previous eight encounters. The Berliners may have won two and drawn two of their last four visits to the Volkswagen Arena, but the Wolves have turned their home into a fortress this season. Indeed, they are one of only three clubs – along with Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt – who have yet to lose on home soil in the Bundesliga this season.

VfL have remained unbeaten in their opening 10 home games of a campaign only twice before. On both occasions they ended the season with their unbeaten home record intact, winning the league in 2008/09 before finishing runners-up in 2014/15.

More facts and figures

  • Firm favourites: With just two points from a possible 24, Hertha are the only Bundesliga team without a victory in their last eight games, while VfL (18) have collected more points than Bayern Munich and are second only to Eintracht Frankfurt in that time. The Green-and-Whites have conceded only four goals in those eight matches – fewer than any other side – while Hertha have scored the fewest goals (three).

  • Run of clean sheets: The Wolves have not conceded a single goal in their last seven competitive games. Their six consecutive Bundesliga shutouts is a club record – VfL’s previous best was three successive clean sheets.

  • Better than Hertha’s entire strikerforce: Wout Weghorst has scored 14 league goals so far this season – more than Hertha’s forwards combined (13).

  • Steffen the striker: VfL winger Renato Steffen was deployed as a centre-forward against Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 22, scoring twice from only two attempts for his first ever brace in a Bundesliga away game.

  • Berlin-born Brooks misses out: John Anthony Brooks is suspended against his former club after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend. The 2-1 defeat at Bayern on Matchday 12 – one of only two league defeats for VfL so far this season – is the only league match Brooks has missed in 2020/21.



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