Summary

  • Mario Gomez could make Wolfsburg debut on Matchday 2.
  • Wolves and Köln victorious on opening weekend.
  • Billy Goats unbeaten in six away games

Vfl Wolfsburg will be looking to build on their winning start to the season and could hand Mario Gomez his debut when they host 1. FC Koln on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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The Wolves beat FC Augsburg 2-0 on Matchday 1 without Gomez, but the 31-year-old Germany international is expected to feature this weekend after scoring the only goal and completing 85 minutes of a recent friendly win over SG Dynamo Dresden following injury.

Like Wolfsburg, the Billy Goats turned in a slick performance on Matchday 1, registering a at home to SV Darmstadt 98. Not even a thunderstorm, the threat of lightning and an eight-minute interruption could get in their way, setting up an intriguing clash at the Volkswagen Arena.

Mario Gomez is already off the target for Wolfsburg following his summer switch from Fiorentina, though not yet in a competitive game.

Match stats

  • Wolfsburg and Köln are level on points and goal difference in second place. For Köln, it is their best position in the standings for 19 years.
  • The Wolves have won their last three Bundesliga matches dating back to last season.
  • Köln are looking to start the season with back-to-back Bundesliga wins for the first time in 11 years; Wolfsburg for the first time in seven years.
  • Yannick Gerhardt is set to make his home debut for Wolfsburg against his former club. The midfielder made 45 Bundesliga and 29 Bundesliga 2 appearances in a Köln shirt.
  • Köln are unbeaten in six Bundesliga matches dating back to last season. The Billy Goats last enjoyed such a run seven-and-a-half years ago under Christoph Daum.
  • Anthony Modeste has scored more goals against Wolfsburg (five) than against any other Bundesliga club.

The Venue: Volkswagen Arena

Possible line-ups

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Knoche, Bruma, Rodriguez - Gerhardt, Gustavo - Blaszczykowski, Didavi, Draxler - Gomez

Absentees: Guilavogui (neck), Vieirinha (ankle), Ascues (thigh)

Head coach: Dieter Hecking

Köln: Müller - Sörensen, Mavraj, Heintz - Risse, Lehmann, Höger, Hector - Bittencourt, Modeste, Rudnevs

Absentees: Kessler (knee ligaments), Horn (adductor), Rausch (back)

Head coach: Peter Stöger