VfL Wolfsburg-Spieler Wout Weghorst läuft mit dem Ball.
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Wolves’ home match against 1. FC Köln.

VfL Wolfsburg-Spieler Wout Weghorst läuft mit dem Ball.

With the international break behind them, the Wolves get back to business on Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST) at home to 1. FC Köln. Here are all the facts and figures ahead of the match which pits third in the league against third from bottom:

Better than last year: VfL already have more points in the bank (51) than they managed in all of last season (49). Eyes on the Champions League: With a 2-1 win away to Werder Bremen last time out, the Wolves increased the gap between themselves and fifth place to eight points with eight matches remaining.

Setting new records: For the Green-and-Whites, three defeats to date this season (all away from home) and 22 goals conceded are new club records after 26 Bundesliga matches. They have also only lost once in their last 12 league games (2-1 away to Hoffenheim).

Unbeaten on home turf: Along with Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt, VfL are still undefeated at home this season with eight wins and four draws. Oliver Glasner’s team have not even conceded a goal in their past four games at the Volkswagen Arena – if they manage a fifth successive shutout on Saturday, that will set a new Bundesliga record for the club.

Strong at the back: This meeting sees the second-best defence in the Bundesliga (Wolfsburg: 22 goals conceded) against the second-weakest (Köln, 46). The Wolves have kept a clean sheet on 12 occasions so far – bettered only by Leipzig. Köln, in contrast, have only managed that feat three time, the fewest in the division.

Facing his employers: Elvis Rexhbecaj has been in Cologne since January 2020 and established himself as a lynchpin of the midfield there over the past 14 months, scoring five goals in 38 Bundesliga appearances. The 23-year-old will remain on loan at Köln from the Wolves until the end of the season.



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