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Brooks back in Berlin

The key facts and figures ahead of VfL Wolfsburg’s trip to Hertha Berlin on Bundesliga Matchday 20.

The Wolves edge the head-to-head record between the two teams, winning 16, drawing 11 and losing 12 of the 39 top-flight meetings with Hertha. There is room for improvement away from home, however, with the Green-Whites winning just three of the 19 encounters at Berlin’s Olympiastadion (D6 L10). We’ve rounded up all the key facts and stats ahead of Saturday’s clash in the capital:

  • The two teams also met ten times in Bundesliga 2 between 1992 and 1997, with VfL winning three of those encounters (D3 L4).
  • Last season was the first time that both league meetings between the two teams ended in draws (3-3 in Wolfsburg, 0-0 in Berlin).
  • VfL last beat Hertha on 19 September 2015, when Dieter Hecking was in charge. Bas Dost scored twice in a 2-0 win at the Volkswagen Arena.
  • The Wolves last claimed all three points at the Olympiastadion in February 2014. Goals from Robin Knoche and Daniel Caligiuri helped VfL come from 1-0 down to win 2-1.
  • VfL came out on top in the only DFB Cup meeting between the two teams, winning 3-1 at home in the second round of the 2000/01 competition.
  • Current Hertha head coach Pal Dardai made his competitive debut for the club in a 1-0 victory over the Wolves in Bundesliga 2 in March 1997.
  • VfL centre-back John Anthony Brooks is a product of the Hertha academy and went on to make 90 Bundesliga appearances for the first team, before joining the Wolves in the summer of 2017.
  • The Green-Whites have scored eight league goals on the counter-attack this season - more than any other club in the division apart from Borussia Dortmund (also eight).
  • Only FC Augsburg have converted more big chances than VfL this season (63 per cent compared to 58 per cent).