All you need to know about the Wolves’ upcoming trip to Schalke 04.
VfL Wolfsburg have collected 11 points from their first seven league matches this season and are yet to taste defeat. The only other time VfL went seven games unbeaten at the start of a Bundesliga campaign was last term, under current head coach Oliver Glasner.
After beating TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 at the Volkswagen Arena in their last encounter a fortnight ago, the Green-and-Whites travel to FC Schalke 04 on Saturday 21 November (kick-off 15:30 CET). The hosts are without a win in 23 league matches, but Glasner isn’t interested in the Royal Blues’ barren spell and expects a hard-fought contest. The Wolves emerged 4-1 winners on their last visit to Gelsenkirchen on Matchday 33 of last season, clinching a UEFA Europa League qualifying place in the process.
Further facts and figures
Six of the Wolves’ seven league goals so far this season have come in the first half (86 per cent), more than any other team.
While VfL were in front for 85 minutes in the 2-1 win over Hoffenheim, Schalke have only led for a total of 26 minutes (out of 630) this season. The Royal Blues opened the scoring in the 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 6 and led for just under half an hour before VfB’s equaliser.
As well as covering six kilometres more than Schalke this term, Wolfsburg have averaged just under 90 intensive runs and 50 sprints per game. Schalke are among the weakest teams in all three categories, with 111.8 kilometres per game the lowest in the Bundesliga. VfL on the other hand are one of the hardest-working sides, with no other team completing more intensive runs.
Wolves keeper Koen Casteels secured all three points for VfL against Hoffenheim by saving Munas Dabbur’s late penalty. Of all goalkeepers currently plying their trade in the Bundesliga, only Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann (nine) has saved more spot-kicks than Casteels (eight).