Die Wölfe jubeln gemeinsam auf dem Spielfeld.
22.01.2021
First Team

VfL’s 800th Bundesliga game

All the key stats ahead of the Wolves’ trip to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Die Wölfe jubeln gemeinsam auf dem Spielfeld.

After winning 2-0 at Mainz in midweek, the Wolves begin the second half of the season with a trip to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday 22 January (kick-off 15:30 CET). Victory at the BayArena would leave Oliver Glasner’s side level on points with Leverkusen, who beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 last time out. Saturday‘s encounter is also VfL’s 800th match in Germany’s top flight.

Further facts and figures

  • No team suffered fewer defeats in the first half of the season than the Green-and-Whites, whose only losses came at FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The Wolves have never lost fewer matches during the first half of a campaign.

  • VfL and Leverkusen are among only four Bundesliga clubs this season to have scored more goals in the first half of games than the second. Despite their two second-half strikes against Mainz last time out, 16 of the Wolves‘ 26 goals have come before half-time, while Leverkusen have scored 17 of their 32 goals in the first 45 minutes.

  • Wout Weghorst’s goal in Mainz was his 12th in the league in 2020/21, setting a new VfL record for the first half of a campaign. Andrzej Juskowiak and Grafite were the previous joint record holders, with 11 goals in 17 matches in 1998/99 and 2008/09 respectively.

  • The Wolves have failed to win any of their last five Matchday 18 encounters. The last time they started the second half of a season with a win was in 2015, when they beat Bayern 4-1. There is hope, though: the Green-and-Whites are unbeaten in their last four visits to Leverkusen (W2 D2), who were once a bogey team

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