Professionals | 02/04/2021

Matchday 27

The Number Crunch: Away against Wolfsburg

1. FC Köln head to Niedersachsen and Wolfsburg at the weekend, as they take on VfL Wolfsburg in the first game since the international break. They come up against an in-form home side who are aiming for the Champions League. Here are 10 stats and facts to get you ready for the match.

Ondrej Duda will be hoping to equal a personal milestone at the weekend. The FC midfielder, who played the full 90 minutes in Slovakia’s 2:1 win over Russia on Tuesday, has scored in his last two Bundesliga games. He only managed a longer scoring run, having scored on Matchday 2, 3 and 4 for Hertha BSC in the 2018-19 season.

Super Skhiri

No player in the Bundesliga has managed more interceptions this season than Ellyes Skhiri. The Tunisian midfielder has totalled a hugely impressive 86, with only Dijon’s Ngonda Muzinga (89) boasting more in Europe’s top five leagues. Read more on Skhiri’s super season here. (LINK)

FC will be hoping to build on their last two performances against Wolfsburg. Markus Gisdol’s men drew 2:2 in the first meeting between the sides this season and last year’s home game ended in a 3:1 victory. Gisdol has not lost in his last four games against Wolfsburg.

FC’s last win in Wolfsburg came 11 years ago, as Zvonimir Soldo’s side picked up a 3:2 win thanks to goals from Kevin Pezzoni, Sebastian Freis and Adil Chihi.

Plenty of players will have the chance to be reunited with their former employers at the weekend. Rafael Czichos (Wolfsburg II), Jannes Horn and Elvis Rexhbecaj have all some attachment to Wolfsburg. The Wolves’ Yannick Gerhardt will take on his hometown club.

Both teams have given up very few goals from crosses this season. Wolfsburg have conceded just three times from wide areas, the best record in the league along with Union Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach. FC are not far behind however, having conceded four goals from crosses.

No goalkeeper has a better save percentage in the Bundesliga than Koen Casteels. The Belgian shot-stopper has saved 74% of shots on goal this season, 2% better than Florian Müller and Rafal Gikiewicz.

Record ready?

Wout Weghorst nabbed his 50th Bundesliga goal just before the international break. The Dutch forward, who scored in the first meeting between the sides this season, needs just one more goal to set a new best tally in the league. All 50 of Weghorst’s goals have come from inside the box.

Wolfsburg are gunning for a new club record at the weekend. Oliver Glasner’s side have managed to keep clean sheets in their last four home games; a fifth would be a new best. Only RB Leipzig (21) have a better defensive record than the Wolves (22).

Only Vicenzo Grifo’s (9) set-pieces have led to more goals than those of Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold (8) in the current campaign. Arnold scored from a free-kick in the 2:2 draw between Wolfsburg and FC at the beginning of December.

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16DSC Arminia Bielefeld26
171. FC Köln24
18FC Schalke 0413

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