VfL Wolfsburg are next in line to try to halt FC Bayern München’s march towards a fourth straight Bundesliga title when the two sides meet at the Volkswagen Arena this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
Despite tired legs after their UEFA Champions League win over KAA Gent last Wednesday, Wolfsburg managed to hold third-placed Hertha BSC to a draw last time out. The Wolves have looked miserly at the back since replacing Diego Benaglio with Koen Casteels in goal, though they will have their work cut out against a Bayern side who are 28 points better off at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s side have four days between their own Champions League clash – against Italian giants Juventus FC – and the meeting with Dieter Hecking’s side, and they could rotate their side. Defenders Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez remain sidelined, though Frank Ribery – having come off the bench in last Saturday’s 3-1 win over SV Darmstadt 98 – could start a Bundesliga game for the first time in a year.
Robert Lewandowski rewrote Bundesliga history on an unforgettable night at the Allianz Arena scoring an incredible five goals in nine minutes. The Polish striker only came on as a substitute at half-time with FC Bayern München trailing 1-0 to VfL Wolfsburg but broke a whole of host of records as the champions romped to a 5-1 victory.
Matchday 22 – match stats
Bayern have an eight-point cushion on second-placed Borussia Dortmund. No leader has ever squandered such a lead at this stage of a Bundesliga season.
Wolfsburg actually won more national titles (DFB Cup and DFB Supercup) in 2015 than Bayern did (Bundesliga).
Lewandowski, scorer of an historic five goals against the Wolves in the reverse fixture, and Thomas Müller have scored a combined 39 Bundesliga goals – that’s a Bundesliga record for a duo after 22 matchdays.
Bayern have won the last 50 Bundesliga games in which Thomas Müller has scored, which is an ongoing Bundesliga record.
Wolfsburg have not lost a competitive game in which Koen Casteels has scored (W5, D3).
Seven players across these two teams were part of Germany’s World Cup-winning squad. Bayern provided Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller, whilst Julian Draxler and André Schürrle went on to play for Wolfsburg.
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