VfL go into Sunday’s match unbeaten against Paderborn. The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw, as did the first ever meeting between the two sides in 2014. Later on that season, the Green-and-Whites won 3-1 on their only previous visit to the Benteler-Arena, sealing qualification for the Champions League thanks to goals from Timm Klose and Bas Dost (2).
Fortuna Düsseldorf are the only current Bundesliga team who the Wolves have played more times without losing (W3 D2).
Steffen Baumgart’s men have enjoyed an upturn in form recently, with three wins and a draw in their last six league matches. Last weekend’s surprising 2-0 victory at Freiburg lifted them off the bottom of the table.
No other team have conceded more goals at home this term than Paderborn (23), who have managed just one clean sheet at the Benteler-Arena (2-0 against Düsseldorf).
After three successive defeats, the Wolves are due a result. Not since September/October 2012 have they lost four Bundesliga games in a row.
VfL have started the second half of the campaign with two defeats, as they did last season. The last time they lost their opening three games of the year was in 2005.
Paderborn boss Baumgart made 32 of his 225 Bundesliga appearances as a player for VfL Wolfsburg. The former striker scored five goals for the Green-and-Whites between 1998 and 1999.