Summary

  • 14th-placed Wolfsburg have only managed two wins in twelve outings.
  • Hertha beat Mainz on Matchday 12 to go third.
  • The Old Lady three points behind champions Bayern, and six adrift of leaders Leipzig.

VfL Wolfsburg will be seeking only their third win of the season when third-placed Hertha Berlin visit the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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The Wolves were lucky to return from FC Ingolstadt 04 with a point last time out, as goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved a penalty and frustrated Die Schanzer in a man-of-the-match performance. New coach Valerien Ismael will be expecting a much-improved performance against Hertha, as Wolfsburg look to avoid getting dragged into the relegation battle. The Frenchman will also be hoping Mario Gomez can keep up his impressive record against Hertha – the 31-year-old has notched up seven goals and four assists against the capital club in 11 Bundesliga meetings.

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Vedad Ibisevic grabbed all the headlines for Hertha in last week's 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05, scoring his 99th and 100th Bundesliga goals before being dismissed late on. That will keep the Bosnian out of Saturday's game with Wolfsburg, but Pal Dardai has a couple of other aces up his sleeve – notably Salomon Kalou, who set up both of Ibisevic's goals against the 05ers. The Ivorian is getting back to his best after recovering from injury, and will attempt to add to his recent hat-trick against Borussia Mönchengladbach as Hertha bid to shore up their place on the podium.

Salomon Kalou (l.) set up both goals for Vedad Ibisevic (r.) in last week's win over Mainz. © gettyimages / Streubel

Match Stats

  • Hertha have set a club record after collecting 24 points from the opening 12 games of the season.
  • Wolfsburg are yet to pick up three points on home soil and have only scored twice on their own patch this season.
  • The Wolves have won their last three home games against Hertha, scoring twice in each fixture.
  • Hertha's win against Mainz on Matchday 12 was the first time since October 2014 that they have won after conceding the opening goal.
  • Ibisevic scored his 99th and 100th Bundesliga goals against Mainz before being sent-off for the fourth time in his Bundesliga career.
  • Against no other side have Wolfsburg won as often when conceding the first goal as against Hertha (four times).

The Venue - Volkswagen Arena