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In-form sides collide

The standout facts and figures ahead of the game against SC Freiburg.

The Wolves climbed into the top four in the Bundesliga table following last week’s impressive 1-0 win away to Bayer Leverkusen. Oliver Glasner’s charges now face their next stiff challenge when they take on SC Freiburg at home on Sunday 31 January (kick-off 18:00 CET).

After all, the Black Forest outfit have historically been a tough opponent for VfL, and are unbeaten in their last five (two wins, three draws) meetings with the Green-and-Whites.

Other facts and figures:

Big team beaten: In the first half of the season, VfL were unable to win any of their games against the Bundesliga’s ‘big’ clubs. However, they changed all that by beginning the second half of the campaign with a 1-0 victory away to Leverkusen.

Better than the championship-winning season: With 32 points on the board after 18 rounds of fixtures, the Wolves are enjoying their second-most successful season ever. The only time VfL have ever racked up more points at this stage of a campaign was in 2014/15, when the team had 37 en route to finishing second. Even in the title-winning season in 2008/09, the Wolves ‘only’ had 27 points after 18 games. 

Tough nut to crack: No other team currently in the Bundesliga’s top ten has scored fewer goals than VfL’s haul of 27. However, Glasner’s charges have conceded just 19, the third-best record in the league. 

Home fortress: The Wolves are unbeaten at the Volkswagen Arena this season (five wins, three draws) and have earned an average of 2.25 points per game on home turf, compared to just 1.4 away. 
Double anniversary? The match against Freiburg is VfL’s 400th home game in the Bundesliga. The Wolves have scored 699 goals in those 399 outings so far…



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