Two teams chasing a top-four finish go head-to-head when VfL Wolfsburg host Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).

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After dropping four points in their previous two games, Wolfsburg got their campaign back on track with a 4-0 win at basement club Hannover 96 in midweek. Andre Schürrle bagged a hat-trick against the 96ers - his first in the Bundesliga - with the Germany international likely to lead the line again in Bas Dost's absence.

Watch: Hannover 0-4 Wolfsburg - match highlights

Gladbach are four places and five points better off than their hosts in fourth. The Foals underlined their credentials with an emphatic 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart last time out, with their supposedly makeshift defence continuing to thrive in the absence of Alvaro Dominguez, Tony Jantschke and Martin Stranzl.

Watch: Gladbach 4-0 Stuttgart - match highlights

History

Matchday 8 rewind: Gladbach 2-0 Wolfsburg

Goals: 1-0 Nordtveit (76'), 2-0 Traore (79')

Gladbach made it three Bundesliga wins from three under caretaker boss Andre Schubert thanks to an impressive 2-0 success at home to Wolfsburg.

Watch: Match highlights

Matchday 25 - Match facts

  • Wolfsburg have not lost any of their last ten home games against the Foals. No team has a worse recent record against the Wolves than Gladbach.
  • Gladbach have been heavily dependent on their home form this season. Away from home they have only picked up 11 of a possible 39 points.
  • Raffael has scored in four goals in Gladbach's last five games.
  • Schürrle scored his first ever Bundesliga hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 win at Hannover 96 - two years to the day after scoring a hat-trick for Chelsea FC against Fulham FC in the Premier League.
  • Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking's first six Bundesliga appearances as a player were in the colours of Borussia Mönchengladbach back in the 1984/85 season.
  • Max Kruse swapped Gladbach for Wolfsburg at the start of the season. He scored 23 goals in 66 Bundesliga games for the Foals.
  • This season, Kruse's goals and assists have accounted for nine Wolfsburg goals in his 22 Bundesliga games.
  • Dante represented Gladbach between 2009 and 2012. The centre-back scored a respectable eight goals in 93 Bundesliga appearances for Die Borussen. So far, he has scored one goal in 15 games for the Wolves.

Possible line-ups

Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Knoche, Dante, R. Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo - Guilavogui, Arnold - Draxler - Schürrle, Kruse

Absentees: Dost (foot), Ascues (knee), Jung (knee), Naldo (shoulder), Caligiuri (light training)

Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Nordtveit, Hinteregger - Dahoud, Xhaka - Hazard, Johnson - Stindl, Raffael

Absentees: Alvaro Dominguez (back), Jantschke (knee), Stranzl (calf), Schulz (knee), Hahn (light training)

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