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No Time to Dwell

A look at the facts and stats ahead of the Wolves’ meeting with Mainz.

Just four days after their last outing, VfL Wolfsburg are in midweek Bundesliga action on Wednesday evening when they visit 1. FSV Mainz 05 (kick-off 20:30 CEST). For VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia, it’s a return to the stadium where he began his tenure in February with a 1-1 draw. Both sides suffered their first defeat of the season last time out.

Successive draws

When looking at the overall head-to-head record, the Wolves are slightly in front with 12 wins to Mainz’s eight. However, the last time VfL claimed all three points was in October 2014 with a 3-0 victory at home. In recent years, there’s been no separating the two teams, with their last five meetings all ending in either 1-1 or 0-0 draws.

Strong start

The Green-Whites may have lost to SC Freiburg at the weekend, but their tally of seven points from four games is one of their best ever starts to a Bundesliga season. Only in the 2004/05 (nine) and 2015/16 (eight) campaigns did they have more points at this stage.

Malli facing former club

Yunus Malli moved to VfL from Mainz at the start of 2017. The midfielder made a total of 146 competitive appearances for the 05ers between October 2011 and December 2016, and with 29 Bundesliga goals he’s the club’s joint-highest scorer in the top flight together with Egyptian Mohamed Zidan. All three games against his former club have ended in draws, with Malli not involved in any goals.



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