Yunus Malli in action during the reverse fixture.
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Wolfsburg out to reel in Freiburg

Facts and figures ahead of the trip to SC Freiburg.

Yunus Malli in action during the reverse fixture.

VfL Wolfsburg travel to SC Freiburg on Saturday, 7 April (kick-off: 15:30CEST), with Matchday 29 in the Bundesliga bringing together the sides sitting 14th and 15th in the standings. Only four points behind this weekend's opposition, Bruno Labbadia's troops are aiming to reduce the gap.

The opponents: SC Freiburg

"Wolfsburg will of course defend with everything they've got – but we will too," said Freiburg coach Christian Streich at the pre-match press conference, indicating that the Wolves will come up against resolute opposition.

While the Black-Forest outfit have conceded 46 goals this season, strong team spirit has helped Streich's side overcome the loss of key players such as Amir Abrashi (cruciate ligament), Florian Niederlechner (kneecap), Caleb Stanko (meniscus), Mike Frantz (muscular problems) and Yoric Ravet (muscle sinew tear). One man who will, unexpectedly, be available for the hosts this weekend is top scorer Nils Petersen (13 goals), whose red card against FC Schalke 04 last weekend has been overturned.

Impressive home record

Although they have lost the last two on home turf, Freiburg have taken 21 of their 30 points this season at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.

The last meeting

The Wolves enjoyed a 3-1 win when the sides met earlier in the season. Yannick Gerhardt scored early, with a Yunus Malli brace either side of the interval rendering Bartosz Kapustka's second-half strike irrelevant. That Malli scored was no surprise: the attacking midfielder has found the net more often against Freiburg than any other side in the Bundesliga.

Previous encounters

Historically, the sides are well balanced: Wolfsburg have won ten and lost ten against Freiburg, with seven draws. More recently, however, the Lower Saxony outfit have held the upper hand, winning each of the last four.



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