An anniversary game for the Wolves – on Sunday, January 28th, the Green-Whites clash with Hannover 96 (kick-off 18:00 CET) marks the 700th game in VfL’s Bundesliga history (thus far 264 wins, 180 draws and 255 defeats, with a goal-difference of 1051:1027.). In previous meetings with Hannover, the Green-Whites have accumulated 22 wins, 12 draws and suffered 21 defeats – giving them the slightest of statistical advantage over the neighbours. Now the two sides clash competitively for the third time in a single season for the very first time (1-1 in the Bundesliga and a 1-0 victory for VfL in the second round of the DFB-Cup. All you need to know on the up-coming tie you can be found in the Derby statistics.
VfL head-coach Martin Schmidt boasts an exceptional record against H96. In all three of his competitive games against Hannover as a coach, Schmidt came out on top every time and his teams didn’t concede.
A total of three players, spread across both sides, will have to follow proceedings from the stands due to suspension. Hannover’s Julian Korb picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Schalke last weekend, whilst VfL’s Josuha Guilavogui received a fifth booking of the campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt. Landry Nany Dimata misses out on the game following his dismissal last weekend (second-booking).
What the opponent says:
H96 coach André Breitenreiter, who made 24 Bundesliga appearances (one goal) in the VfL colours between 1997 and 1999, commented at the pre-match press conference: "We will be facing an opponent that are difficult to beat. That’s made clear by the number of draws Wolfsburg have played out this season. There games have often been tight affairs. We have a tough task ahead of us on Sunday."