15.05.2021
First Team

All in our own hands

Everything you need to know about the trip to RB Leipzig.

When the final whistle blows on the Matchday 33 encounter between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday (kick-off 20:30 CEST), it could prove to be a decisive moment for both teams. While Leipzig only need a draw to secure second place, the Wolves can book their spot in the UEFA Champions League for 2021/22. In order to do so, Oliver Glasner’s side need to earn a point more than Eintracht Frankfurt or two more than Borussia Dortmund.

Further facts and figures

  • Good omen: VfL’s current haul of 60 points suggests the team will qualify for the Champions League. The Wolves have only had more points on the board after 32 rounds of matches on two occasions: 63 in the championship-winning 2008/09 season, and 65 in 2014/15, when they finished as runners-up. The Green-and-Whites qualified for the Champions League each time.

  • In-form Brekalo: Josip Brekalo has not been a regular scorer until now, registering just 14 goals in his first 113 Bundesliga appearances and never finding the net more than once per game. Last weekend, however, the Croatian hit a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Union Berlin, taking his tally for the season to seven and lifting him to second in the club’s scoring chart behind Wout Weghorst (20).

  • Clean sheets galore: Both Peter Gulacsi and Koen Casteels have played major roles in keeping the number of goals conceded to a minimum for their sides. The pair have kept more clean sheets than every other goalkeeper in the Bundesliga this term, with 15 and 14 respectively.

  • Baku an attacking threat:Ridle Baku has enjoyed an impressive debut season at VfL, as underlined by the fact he set up the first two goals against Union last week, in addition to scoring six goals so far. This is all the more remarkable considering the 23-year-old has played almost half of his 30 games for the Wolves in 2020/21 at full-back.

  • Weghorst out to make amends: Weghorst will be more motivated than most at kick-off in Leipzig. The Dutch forward missed a penalty in the teams’ DFB Cup quarter-final two months ago, squandering the chance to give VfL the lead with the score tied at 0-0 at the time.

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