European football at stake: VfL are fighting for a Champions League spot while Union Berlin are bidding to make it into the Europa or the Conference League. The Wolves have a two-point advantage over Dortmund in fifth, while Berlin are looking to reduce the four-point gap that separates them from sixth spot.
Lead dwindling: Wolfsburg have lost three of their last four Bundesliga matches, with the 11-point lead that they once had over fifth spot now down to just two. Nevertheless, the Wolves’ fate is in their own hands if they want to make it through to the Champions League, with home matches against Union and Mainz and a trip to Leipzig all that stand between them and a top-four spot.
Wolves unbeaten against Union: The capital-based outfit have yet to register a win over Wolfsburg, having recorded two draws and a defeat in the Bundesliga and a further two losses in the promotion play-off for the second division in 1992. They have also conceded every time they have faced the Wolves and are the only team currently in the top flight whom VfL have never lost to in the Bundesliga (one win, two draws).
VfL on the up since their last meeting: After the two teams faced one another earlier in the season, they were level on points with 25 each. Since then, the Green-and-Whites have picked up another 32 points – 11 more than Union.
Safe under the high ball: Both coaches make it a point of order to clear balls coming in from the wings, and Werder Bremen’s Theodor Gebre Selassie’s goal last matchday was just the fifth that Union had conceded from a cross this season. That puts them second in the league in this category behind VfL, who have let just four in from crosses.