All the key facts and figures ahead of VfL’s trip to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
Last weekend’s 2-0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg - the Wolves’ second consecutive Bundesliga win - lifted Bruno Labbadia’s side onto 52 points and into seventh place, which would guarantee a spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League qualifiers. The trip to Stuttgart on Saturday 11 May (kick-off 15:30 CEST) is therefore set to be a nail-biting one, with the hosts needing three points to boost their hopes of survival and the Green-Whites hoping to take another step towards Europe.
VfL beat VfB 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena earlier this season, but who will emerge triumphant on this occasion? We’ve rounded up the key facts and figures on the Matchday 33 clash:
The Wolves have picked up more Bundesliga wins against Stuttgart (18) than against any other side apart from Borussia Mönchengladbach, who they have beaten 21 times.
VfL have lost only two of their last 11 Bundesliga meetings with VfB (W8 D1). However, those defeats came in their last two visits to the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The Green-Whites recorded their 15th league win of the season against Nürnberg last time out. That means Labbadia’s side have picked up only one fewer win this season than in the last two campaigns combined (10 in 2016/17, six in 2017/18).
In the Bundesliga, VfL have only accrued 52 or more points after 32 games on four occasions. They ended up qualifying for Europe each time.
The Wolves have lost just four of their last 11 away games, winning six and drawing one.
Marcel Tisserand’s goal against Nürnberg was the 11th strike by a Wolves defender this season. No other team’s defenders have scored as many Bundesliga goals this season.
Stuttgart have conceded 70 goals already this term - more than anyone else in the division. The last time they shipped that many goals (74 in 1974/75), they ended up being relegated.
Twenty-four points after 32 games is Stuttgart’s worst ever return in a Bundesliga season.