All you need to know ahead of VfL’s first home match of the year against Hertha BSC.
The Wolves host direct rivals Hertha BSC on Saturday 15 January (kick-off 15:30 CET) in a crucial encounter. Florian Kohfeldt and his players are desperate to end their losing run against the capital club.
Facts and figures
Banned: Only two Bundesliga players are serving suspensions on Matchday 19 – and both play for Hertha. Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Suat Serdar both picked up their fifth yellow cards of the campaign against Köln last weekend, ruling them out of the trip to Wolfsburg.
Reunited I: Peter Pekarik made 55 Bundesliga appearances for the Wolves (no goals, four assists) and helped them win the Bundesliga in 2009. VfL attacker Maximilian Philipp, meanwhile, was born in Berlin and played for Hertha’s youth team.
Reunited II: Two other players in VfL’s current squad have represented Hertha down the years. John Anthony Brooks joined the Green-and-Whites in 2017 after ten years in the capital, while Dodi Lukebakio is on loan from Berlin.
Vulnerable in the air: Wolfsburg and Hertha have conceded four headed goals each in their last three games, with both sides falling behind through headers last Sunday.
Losing run: VfL have lost their last six games in the Bundesliga – a club record. This is also the first time the Wolves have suffered ten defeats in their opening 18 league fixtures of a campaign.