VfL Wolfsburg travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in Friday’s Matchday 31 curtain-raiser (kick-off 20:30 CEST). Bruno Labbadia’s charges will be looking to pick up where they left off in their last away game, when they won 2-0 away at SC Freiburg. The Wolves are on a three-match unbeaten run (1W 2D) and secured a 3-0 victory against Gladbach when the sides met in Wolfsburg earlier this season.
Fond memories of VfL
Mönchengladbach will be eager to make amends for their 5-1 defeat to FC Bayern Munich last time out, but Dieter Hecking’s side have failed to win any of their last four games against the Wolves, drawing one and losing three. "My time at VfL was very successful," said Hecking, who spent three years at the club between 2013 and 2016. "I remember my time there very fondly and really hope the club maintain their top-flight status, but I want to win on Friday evening."
Foals struggling for form
Hecking’s team have registered just two wins in their last ten league outings, while only Hamburger SV have suffered more defeats than Borussia (seven) since the winter break. The Foals are particularly vulnerable in defence, having conceded 48 goals already this term. Only fellow strugglers Freiburg (50) and 1. FC Köln (58) have let in more.
Labbadia’s favourite opponent
Wolves coach Labbadia faces one of his favourite opponents on Friday evening. The 52-year-old has enjoyed more wins against Gladbach (seven) than against any other Bundesliga side apart from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Schalke 04, who have also lost seven times against teams coached by Labbadia. Furthermore, if VfL manage to score in Mönchengladbach on Friday, it will be the 300th goal of the Darmstadt native’s coaching career.