When VfL Wolfsburg host RB Leipzig on Saturday 24 November (kick-off 15:30 CET), they take on one of the most in-form teams in Germany at present: the visitors are unbeaten in ten Bundesliga outings, have the best defensive record in the league and are currently third in the standings. Leipzig have not been beaten domestically since a 4-1 reverse to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 1, their subsequent return of six wins and four draws firing them into the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots. The Green-Whites will therefore need to rise to the occasion in order to take something from a game that head coach Bruno Labbadia said they "want all three points" from in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
The last time Leipzig went on such a lengthy unbeaten streak was in their maiden Bundesliga campaign in 2016/17, when they reached 13 league games without defeat (ten wins, three draws). The teams have met six times competitively to date - twice in the DFB Cup and four times in the Bundesliga – and the record is fairly balanced, with three Leipzig wins, two for the Wolves and one draw. As a result, Saturday's visitors are taking nothing for granted in the build-up to this fixture. "There's no doubt that Wolfsburg have a lot of quality," said head coach Ralf Rangnick. "In midfield and attack in particular they've got a lot of good payers. On the whole, Bruno Labbadia sets his team up to play attractive, attacking football."
Weghorst vs. Poulsen
VfL forward Wout Weghorst has underlined his quality recently, having been directly involved in five of the Wolves' last six Bundesliga goals (four goals, one assist) to become a key component of the team's front line. His efforts have not gone unnoticed by Rangnick: "We can't allow Wolfsburg any chances and need to be as efficient in finishing off our counters as we have been in our last two games." The visitors' main attacking threat at present is Yussuf Poulsen, who has scored six league goals in 11 outings so far to surpass his previous Bundesliga season best of five goals in 29 appearances in 2016/17.