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The facts and figures on the Wolves’ home clash against Gladbach.

It’s barely two days since the exciting encounter against Sevilla FC, and already the next opponents await. On Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30 CEST), Mark van Bommel’s side host Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Volkswagen Arena – and on paper, VfL’s chances of success look good. The Wolves are unbeaten in 16 Bundesliga home matches against the Foals (W12 D4), their longest unbeaten run against any current Bundesliga team.

More facts and figures:

  • Gladbach evidently prefer playing in front of their own fans at the moment. Adi Hütter’s charges have lost all three of their away matches this season.

  • VfL assistant coach Michael Frontzek goes back a long way with Gladbach. The Mönchengladbach native made 213 of his 436 Bundesliga appearances for the Foals, the first coming in August 1983 and the last coming almost 16 years later in May 1999.

  • In addition, Frontzeck was coach of Gladbach from July 2009 to February 2011. Two other former Gladbach bosses have also occupied the Wolfsburg dugout: Dieter Hecking and Holger Fach.

  • The Wolves have conceded more goals from set pieces this season (three) than they have from open play (two). Borussia scored the most goals from dead-ball situations last term (23), but they are yet to register a set-piece goal this season.

  • Ridle Baku caught the eye again at Hoffenheim with a cracking goal. Since October 2020, the 23-year-old has netted four goals from long range – the most in the Bundesliga over the last year.

  • Maximilian Philipp has scored four times in five previous Bundesliga meetings with Gladbach – spread over two braces. He’s not found the net more often against any other side in the league.