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All the standout facts and figures as VfL Wolfsburg prepare to face Borussia Mönchengladbach at home on Sunday.

It’s back to Bundesliga business at the Volkswagen Arena this weekend, following the Wolves’ 1-0 triumph at home to AS Saint-Etienne in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, with VfL hosting league leaders Gladbach on Sunday 15 December (kick-off 15:30 CET).

The visitors suffered a bitter disappointment in the Europa League on Thursday after conceding a late goal to lose 2-1 at home to Istanbul Basaksehir, a surprising result that saw Gladbach eliminated from the competition.

The last meeting between VfL and the Foals was in February earlier this year, when a goal from Yannick Gerhardt (38’) and an Admir Mehmedi brace (68’, 83’) earned the Green-and-Whites a 3-0 victory.

More facts and figures:

  • VfL have won more Bundesliga matches against Gladbach (21) than they have against any other side.

  • The Wolves are unbeaten in 14 home league games against Gladbach (11 wins, three draws), their longest such run in Germany’s top flight.

  • Oliver Glasner’s side have only conceded 14 goals this season, while Gladbach have let in just 16 (the same as RB Leipzig), meaning this match pits together two of the league’s three best defences.

  • VfL’s 7-1 triumph over Gladbach on 7 November 1998 was their second-highest Bundesliga win ever, beaten only by the Wolves’ 8-1 thrashing over Augsburg on the last day of last season.

  • Gladbach are the only Bundesliga club Robin Knoche has scored two goals against.

  • Glasner’s troops scored in each of their first eight league matches this season, but last week’s 1-0 defeat in Freiburg was the fourth time in six that they’ve failed to find the target.

  • Gladbach have fired blanks in two of their last three Bundesliga away games, losing 2-0 at Union Berlin and 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund. They did, however, win 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 10.

  • Visiting head coach Marco Rose, who was formerly in charge of RB Salzburg, has faced his VfL counterpart Glasner (who was previously at LASK) more often than any other coach. Of their eight meetings to date, Rose has only lost once, winning four and drawing three.



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