17.05.2019
First Team

Europe within touching distance

A round-up of the key facts and stats ahead of VfL’s last game of the season at home to FC Augsburg.

Three points on Saturday 18 May (kick-off 15:30 CEST) would seal the Wolves’ place in next season’s UEFA Europa League, but standing between VfL and a European berth are FC Augsburg. A quick glance at the teams’ head-to-head record suggests this will be no easy game. While the Green-Whites have only won four of their 15 Bundesliga matches against FCA to date, recent performances at the Volkswagen Arena in particular give Bruno Labbadia’s side plenty of reason for optimism.

Here are all the main facts and figures ahead of the encounter:

  • The Wolves are unbeaten in their last six home games (W4 D2). They have lost only one of their 10 Bundesliga encounters at the Volkswagen Arena since mid-November (W6 D3), slipping to a 3-0 defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the end of January.
     
  • Labbadia will take charge of VfL for the final time on Saturday. The 53-year-old, who saved the Green-Whites from relegation via the play-offs in 2018, has averaged 1.39 points per game from his 44 Bundesliga matches at the helm. The last Wolves boss to achieve a better ratio was Dieter Hecking (1.62 points per game between 2012 and 2016).
     
  • Maximilian Arnold became the youngest player to appear for the Wolves in the Bundesliga in the first ever top-flight meeting between the two clubs (Matchday 14 of the 2011/12 campaign). Arnold was just 17 years and 183 days old at the time.
     
  • VfL captain Josuha Guilavogui picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart and will therefore have to watch the Wolves’ final game of the campaign from the stands.
     
  • Augsburg’s record appearance-holder (250 apps) and former VfL player Daniel Baier celebrates his 35th birthday on Saturday.

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