Wolfsburg hoping Jonker makes winning start at Mainz

Wolfsburg are hoping new coach Andries Jonker brings an upswing in form when the Wolves pay a visit to Mainz on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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Jonker replaced Valerien Ismael in the Wolfsburg hotseat following Matchday 22's 2-1 defeat at home to Werder Bremen. The Dutchman, who was assistant manager at the club between 2012 and 2014, needs to hit the ground running if the Wolves are to remain out of the relegation zone: the Lower Saxony outfit come into Matchday 23 only two points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

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Mainz ended a six-match losing streak away from home last weekend when early goals from Stefan Bell and Levin Öztunali earned them a 2-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen. The 05ers, currently 11th in the table, have not lost against Wolfsburg during Martin Schmidt’s reign, but will have to take three points this weekend to climb into the top half of the table.

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