Leipzig lost a DFB Cup tie at home to Wolfsburg during the 2014/15 season, but both teams are much-changed since then. The Matchday 24 hosts, who had an Emil Forsberg strike to thank for victory over the Wolves earlier this term, have become the bona fide challengers to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund that Wolfsburg once appeared they would be.
A third win in four outings will ensure Ralph Hasenhüttl's side at least maintain their six-point advantage over third-placed Dortmund. Wolfsburg, meanwhile, with just goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three, need a first win in four to keep the wolf from the door in just Andries Jonker's second game in charge.
- Leipzig are the only Bundesliga newcomer to have won nine of their first 11 Bundesliga home games.
- Wolfsburg have never had so few points on the board after 23 matches in their Bundesliga history (23).
- Timo Werner has scored more goals in 22 Bundesliga matches for Leipzig (14) than he did in 95 for former club Stuttgart (13).
- All five of Wolfsburg’s goals during the second half of the season have come from set-pieces.
- Leipzig’s 1-0 win in the reverse fixture was Dieter Hecking’s final game in charge of Wolfsburg.
- New Wolfsburg and former Bayern Munich interim coach Jonker has never lost a Bundesliga match (W4, D2).