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.
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.
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.