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Battle of the Green-Whites

A statistical look at this evening’s encounter between VfL Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen.

Before the second international break of the season, the Wolves travel to Werder Bremen on Friday evening (20:30 CEST) on Bundesliga Matchday 7.

Unbeaten run at home

Werder boast an impressive record at home: since Florian Kohfeldt was appointed head coach in November 2017, his side are unbeaten at the Weser-Stadion (eight wins, eight draws). Their record in Friday night fixtures is not so good, though, having managed just one win in their last 16 matches on a Friday – against VfL, no less. On Matchday 22 of the 2016/17 campaign, SVW won 2-1 at the Volkswagen Arena.

One of the Wolves’ favourite opponents

There are also some statistics in favour of the Green-Whites from Wolfsburg. VfL have scored more goals (75) against Werder than they have against any other club in the Bundesliga. The Wolves have also picked up more away wins at the Weser-Stadion than anywhere else, taking three points back to Wolfsburg on nine occasions.

Comeback kings

One stat that doesn’t make good reading for VfL is that Bremen have taken 13 of a possible 15 points from the last five meetings between the two sides. However, even if the hosts take the lead this evening, that’s no reason to write off the Wolves, who fought back twice to earn a point against Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out and have already earned five points from losing positions this season – only Borussia Dortmund have collected more (seven). VfL have also scored in each of their last 16 away games in Bremen, their longest consecutive scoring run away from home.

View from the other side

Like his opposite number Bruno Labbadia, Werder coach Kohfeldt spoke to the press yesterday and addressed the Wolves’ playing style: “VfL are very good at counter-pressing and they move the ball around dangerously. We therefore need to find the right tactical option to win possession, get ourselves into good positions with the ball as well as sometimes playing the direct, long ball.”



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