bundesliga.com previews the penultimate fixture of the weekend between two sides with genuine designs on a top-four finish...
Mainz can make it nine matches unbeaten with a positive result at the Volkswagen Arena, while victory could even - for the time being at least - take them a point clear of second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach. Wolfsburg also go into the contest on 14 points, having won three of their four home league games in 2014/15.
A decision is still to be made on whether or not (pictured) will make the grade after sitting out Thursday's 4-2 win at FK Krasnodar in the UEFA Europa League. Ivica Olic picked up a slight knock in midweek, but the Croatian - along with Aaron Hunt and Nicklas Bendter, who both missed out in Russia - should be available.
Kasper Hjulmand will be without (pictured) for the foreseeable future after the Borussia Dortmund loanee tore knee ligaments in last weekend's 2-1 win over FC Augsburg, with either former Wolves midfielder Ja-Koo Cheol or Sami Allagui expected to fill the void in midfield.
Belgian international midfielder has yet to score in the Bundesliga this season, despite netting three in his last two in the Europa League. The 23-year-old has, however, been at his inventive best domestically, laying on five assists in eight outings.
flew out of the traps at the start of the season, netting five goals in his first five league appearances of the campaign. The Bundesliga's all-time leading Japanese goalscorer missed Matchday 6's draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim through injury and has now gone 226 minutes without finding the net.
Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg head coach: "It'll be important for us to take something from the game on Sunday."
Kasper Hjulmand, Mainz head coach: "Wolfsburg have won four of their last five. We know it's going to be a tough game."
After missing out on a place in the Europa League group stage and being knocked out of the DFB Cup in the first round, Mainz have strung together an eight-match unbeaten run. The 05ers beat Augsburg last time out, while fifth-placed Wolfsburg secured their third league win on the trot - and first away from home - at SC Freiburg.
Wolfsburg have won seven of the two sides' last 16 Bundesliga meetings, including last season's corresponding fixture. Mainz have five wins to their name, among which away wins in May 2006, August 2010 and September 2012 stand out.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - S. Jung, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Perisic, De Bruyne, D. Caligiuri - Olic
Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bell, Bungert, Junior Diaz - Geis, Baumgartlinger - Moritz - Allagui, Jairo - Okazaki