Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg und BVB versuchen den zugeschossenen Eckball anzunehmen.
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High tension

The pertinent facts and figures on VfL’s crucial game against Dortmund.

Die Spieler des VfL Wolfsburg und BVB versuchen den zugeschossenen Eckball anzunehmen.

The Wolves’ 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart means they have already secured a top-six finish and a place in Europe next season – with four rounds of fixtures still to play. VfL are currently five points ahead of fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund ahead of their visit to the Volkswagen Arena at 15:30 CEST on Saturday. The Green-and-Whites would take a huge step towards qualifying for the Champions League for a third time (after 2009/10 and 2015/16) if they emerge victorious, but defeat would cut their cushion over BVB to just two points.

More facts and figures

  • Dortmund’s upper hand: BVB are unbeaten in their last 11 Bundesliga games against Wolfsburg, winning 10 of those. VfL’s last victory over Dortmund came in the 2015 DFB Cup final, when goals from Luiz Gustavo, Kevin de Bruyne and Bas Dost earned the Green-and-Whites a 3-1 win. Maximilian Arnold and Josuha Guilavogui are the only survivors of the Wolves’ cup-winning squad.

  • Wout can’t stop scoring: Wout Weghorst added to his personal-best scoring tally in a single season by netting his 20th league goal of the campaign at Stuttgart. Only Grafite (28 in 2008/09) and Edin Dzeko (26 in 2008/09, 22 in 2009/10) have managed more league goals in one season for VfL.

  • All or nothing: With 23 Bundesliga goals this term, Erling Haaland is BVB’s most prolific scorer by a considerable margin – none of the Norwegian’s team-mates have netted more than six. Haaland’s 23 goals have been spread over just 12 matches. In his last nine Bundesliga appearances, the 20-year-old has failed to score on five occasions but has also registered four braces.

  • Dangerous from distance: Xaver Schlager netted his second league goal of the season in midweek. The Austrian’s strike was the Wolves’ ninth long-range effort of the campaign so far – only Bayern Munich (14) have scored more Bundesliga goals from outside the box this term.

  • Hummels absent: Mats Hummels picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last time out. It could not have come at a more inconvenient time for Dortmund, who will have to make do without the centre-back at VfL this weekend.



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