Facts and figures ahead of VfL’s first Bundesliga match of the calendar year away to 1. FC Köln.
VfL Wolfsburg will be playing their first match of the second half of the 2019/2020 season on Saturday 18 January (kick-off 15:30 CET) when they visit 1. FC Köln. The last time the two clubs met in league action was back in August 2019, when goals from Maximilian Arnold (16’) and Wout Weghorst (60’) gave VfL a 2-1 win. The Green-and-Whites will now be looking to do the double over the Billy Goats for the first time since 2011/2012. Historically, the Wolves have had the better of the matches between the two sides, winning 13 of the 27 clashes with nine draws and five defeats.
More facts and figures:
The Green-and-Whites have recorded two goals a game against Köln (54 in 27 in the Bundesliga) – their best average against any club whom they have met at least six times in league competition.
VfL have shown no quarter against recently-promoted sides in the last few years. Since the beginning of 2018, the Wolves have played nine times against teams that came up from the second flight the previous season and are unbeaten over that stretch, with seven wins. Only VfB Stuttgart in February 2018 and SC Paderborn on Matchday 3 of the current season came away with a point, each managing a 1-1 draw. The last time the Wolves lost against a promoted side was in September 2017 away to Stuttgart (1-0).
VfL Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke held a similar position from summer 2013 onwards with Köln, steering the club into the Europa League in 2016/2017 before leaving in October 2017.
Yannick Gerhardt left Köln, with whom he had come up through the youth ranks, in the summer of 2016 to join the Wolves. He played 78 times for the Billy Goats, scoring six goals.
VfL head coach Oliver Glasner’s first match in charge of a Bundesliga team came in the 2-1 win over Köln at the start of this season.