Mark van Bommel’s men face Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday 19 September at the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off at 19:30 CEST), and the two teams could hardly have got off to more contrasting starts this season. VfL have flown out of the blocks with four wins in as many matches in the Bundesliga, while Frankfurt are yet to register a victory this campaign. The overall record between the two clubs also speaks eloquently in favour of the Green-and-Whites, who have 21 wins to their name and just 10 defeats in 44 matches. Indeed, VfL have picked up more points against Eintracht than any other Bundesliga opponent.
Here are some more facts and figures regarding the home game against SGE:
The two sides have met 38 times in the Bundesliga, with most of those matches being closely-fought, high-scoring affairs. Only once have they played out a goalless draw, on Matchday 2 of the 2006/07 season.
Frankfurt twice faced the Bundesliga leaders during the 2020/21 season and emerged victorious on both occasions – on Matchday 3 against Hoffenheim and on Matchday 22 against Bayern (both matches ending 2-1).
VfL have the best defence in the league at the moment, having only conceded once in four matches. They have also kept more clean sheets (three) than anyone else in the division.
Sam Lammers is the only striker to have found the back of the net for Eintracht to date this season, in the 1-1 UEFA Europa League draw against Fenerbahce.
Maxence Lacroix has had the second most touches in the league (364) so far this season, trailing only BVB’s Manuel Akanji (412). Eintracht’s Christopher Lenz is third (342).