First Team

Final say

Facts and figures after last weekend’s league game against Leipzig

VfL-Spieler Jonas Wind, Moritz Jenz und Aster Vranckx bejubeln Arm in Arm den Sieg.

There was delight and relief in equal measure after the Wolves’ hard-fought 2-1 win at home to Leipzig – Nico Kovac’s team’s first league victory following a run of five games in which they had picked up just the one point.

Back in the hunt: After 12 matches, the Green-and-Whites are now eighth in the table on 16 points, three behind Hoffenheim, currently occupying the last European spot in sixth.

Still solid at home: The Wolves are tough to beat at the Volkswagen Arena, with a haul of 13 points in six encounters so far – the sixth-best home record in the league.

Casteels outstandingKoen Casteels was on top form against Leipzig, and the Wolves fans certainly recognised that, choosing the VfL keeper as Player of the Match. The Belgian garnered no less than 55 per cent of the vote, way ahead of the two goal-scorers Rogerio and Jonas Wind, who each picked up 14 per cent. Well done Koen!

Wind on fire: Speaking of Wind, the Danish centre-forward is on a real roll. The 24-year-old has been involved in 11 of the Wolves’ 17 goals so far this season, scoring the first and assisting on the second against Leipzig. His nine goals in 12 games put him equal third in the Bundesliga scoring charts at the moment and also constitute a new club record, outdoing Wout Weghorst’s performance in the 2020/21 season.

First goal for Rogerio: Summer recruit Rogerio scored his first goal of the season in the 66th minute, sealing the 2-1 win against Leipzig.

Head-to-head:

  • Possession: VfL 36% – RBL 64%
  • Challenges won: VfL 53% – RBL 47%
  • Distance covered: VfL 122.1 km – RBL 116.3 km
  • Sprints: VfL 284 – RBL 225
  • xG: VfL 0.86 – RBL 3.11
  • Most ground covered: Aster Vranckx (VfL) 12.5 km – David Raum (RBL) 11.5 km
  • Fastest runner: Ridle Baku (VfL) 33.52 km/h – Lois Openda (RBL) 33.92 km/h