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Familiar foes

All you need to know ahead of the Wolves’ cup quarter-final in Leipzig on Wednesday.

History is not on VfL Wolfsburg’s side as they go into their DFB Cup quarter-final away to RB Leipzig on Wednesday 3 March (kick-off 20:45 CET), as the Green-and-Whites have lost three of their four cup meetings with the Red Bulls to date. However, the Wolves’ one victory does offer cause for optimism.

Further facts and figures:

  • Peter Pacult and Felix Magath were the coaches when the teams first crossed swords in the cup in July 2011. Leipzig, in the fourth division at the time, won that first-round fixture 3-2 in what was the first ever competitive game between the clubs.

  • VfL exacted revenge three seasons later with a 2-0 away victory in the last 16, en route to lifting the trophy at the end of that campaign.

  • While this is the Wolves’ 113th DFB Cup tie, Leipzig are only making their 24th outing in the competition.

  • The Wolves have reached the semi-finals seven times overall, most recently in that triumphant 2014/15 season. Leipzig have only progressed to the last four once: in 2019 they went on to lose to Bayern Munich in the final.

  • Oliver Glasner’s side took over the mantle of having the Bundesliga’s best defence just ahead of this match. The Wolves have only conceded 19 league goals in 2020/21, one less than RB.

  • The last goal Koen Casteels conceded in a competitive game was 46 days ago.

  • If Maximilian Arnold takes to the field as expected, the midfielder will reach another special milestone. Taking into account all matches in the Bundesliga, Champions League, Europa League, Europa League qualification, Bundesliga relegation play-offs and the DFB Cup, it will be the 26-year-old’s 300th competitive appearance for VfL.



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