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Home advantage in European battle

All you need to know ahead of the home game against Hertha BSC.

Jonas Wind, Angriffsspieler beim VfL Wolfsburg, bestreitet einen Zweikampf.

The Wolves host Hertha BSC at the Volkswagen Arena as the season draws to a close on Saturday 27 May (kick-off: 15:30 CEST). While VfL still have hopes of qualifying for Europe next term, Hertha were the first team to be relegated in 2022/23.

The Green-and-Whites are unbeaten in five consecutive Bundesliga outings against Hertha, keeping clean sheets in each of their last four. In the reverse fixture this season, the Wolves recorded a comprehensive 5-0 victory at the Olympiastadion, while the last encounter in Wolfsburg ended 0-0.

Further facts and figures

  • Sharpshooters: Hertha's leading goalscorer this season is Dodi Lukebakio with 11 goals, which is almost double the tally of VfL's best marksmen, Yannick Gerhardt and Jonas Wind, who have six each.
  • Reverse fixture: The Wolves' 5-0 triumph in the first half of the campaign was Hertha's biggest defeat this season.
  • Kovac against familiar faces: Niko Kovac was born in Berlin and played for Hertha from 1991 to 1996, scoring 15 goals in 148 Bundesliga 2 appearances, as well as from 2003 to 2006, hitting eight goals in 75 Bundesliga games. In his second stint at the club he was team-mates with Pal Dardai and Kevin-Prince Boateng, among others.
  • Solid at the back: The Wolves have kept 12 clean sheets so far this season, a record beaten only by SC Freiburg (13). Furthermore, VfL have only conceded two or more goals in four games – the best such record in the Bundesliga this term.
  • Home fortress: Kovac's charges are unbeaten at home in their last six Bundesliga outings, with wins in their last two.
  • Relegated: Hertha have been relegated from the Bundesliga for the seventh time. Only Nürnberg (nine) and Bielefeld (eight) have been demoted more often.