25.01.2019
First Team

Goals in store

The key facts and figures ahead of VfL Wolfsburg's home meeting with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Four points separate VfL from Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the sides' encounter at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CET). It is not just that proximity in the table that means an "exciting game" – as Wolfsburg head coach Bruno Labbadia predicted – is in store, with the Wolves coming up against a new-look Leverkusen side following a recent change of coach. We've collated the key facts and figures ahead of this one.

  • There has never been a goalless draw in 46 competitive meetings between VfL and Bayer. In fact, both teams have scored in 15 of the last 16 encounters.
     
  • In the reverse fixture on Matchday 2, the Wolves fell behind to Leon Bailey's 24th-minute strike but fought back to win 3-1 thanks to an own-goal from goalkeeper Ramazan Özcan and second-half goals from Wout Weghorst and Renato Steffen.
     
  • Labbadia's side are unbeaten in their last three home games, recording wins against RB Leipzig (1-0) and VfB Stuttgart (2-0) as well as a 2-2 draw against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
     
  • Leverkusen have triumphed on their last two visits to the Volkswagen Arena, following a run of five consecutive defeats in Lower Saxony.
     
  • Despite last weekend's defeat at Schalke 04, the Wolves' haul of 28 points from 18 matches is the fourth-best return in the club's Bundesliga history.
     
  • Labbadia was in charge of Leverkusen in 2008/09, leading the Werkself to the DFB Cup final where they were beaten 1-0 by SV Werder Bremen.
     
  • Peter Bosz, who took over at Leverkusen during the winter break, oversaw his first game as a Bundesliga coach at the Volkswagen Arena on the opening day of last season, his Borussia Dortmund side winning 3-0.
     
  • Admir Mehmedi joined VfL from Leverkusen last January, having registered 13 goals and 11 assists in two-and-a-half years in North Rhine-Westphalia. Bayer's Julian Brandt joined the club from the Wolves' Under-19s in January 2014.

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