We round up the standout facts and figures ahead of VfL’s final game of the year at FC Bayern Munich.
The Wolves travel to Bundesliga champions FC Bayern on the final matchday of 2019 on Saturday 21 December (kick-off 15:30 CET). The 1,400 VfL fans making the trip to Munich are set for an intriguing tussle at the Allianz Arena: Only Borussia Dortmund have scored as many league goals as the record titleholders on home turf this season, while the Wolves have conceded just six times on the road - fewer than any other team in the division.
VfL can be confident of causing an upset in Bavaria, as the following statistics show:
The Wolves currently boast the Bundesliga’s meanest defence, having conceded only 16 goals so far this season. Only once in their history have VfL conceded fewer at this stage of a campaign (14 in 2006/07).
Wout Weghorst has netted half of the Wolves’ eight away league goals this term. In all competitions, the striker has scored almost twice as many goals on the road (seven) as he has at the Volkswagen Arena (four).
VfL last beat the record champions on 30 January 2015, when they cruised to a comfortable 4-1 home win in the Bundesliga.
On his final appearance for VfB Stuttgart in May 2018, Daniel Ginczek scored twice as the Swabians won 4-1 at the Allianz Arena.
VfL Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke made his Fortuna Düsseldorf debut in a 4-0 victory over Bayern in September 1985. The goalkeeper went on to keep five clean sheets against Bayern overall - only four ‘keepers have recorded more shut-outs against the Bavarians in Bundesliga history.
Ivan Perisic, who joined Bayern on loan in August, netted 18 goals in 70 Bundesliga appearances for VfL between January 2013 and August 2015 before joining Serie A side Inter.