VfL Wolfsburg will be looking to re-establish themselves in the race for Europe when they host relegation candidates SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CET/14:30GMT).
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The Wolves' recent resurgence was brought to a halt with a shock defeat to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 26, although Dieter Hecking's side are still only three points off a UEFA Europa League spot and into the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. That said, if they want to compete there next season then three points here would go a long way towards that aim.
Darmstadt have proven to be one of the surprises of the season, but the Lilies' form has been slipping of late. Dirk Schuster's men are winless in six after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw with FC Augsburg last time out, and defeat at the Volkswagen Arena could see them slip into the bottom three for the first time this season.
Matchday 10 rewind: Darmstadt 0-1 Wolfsburg
Matchday 27 - match stats
- Darmstadt's six-game run without a win is their worst this season.Wolfsburg have lost more games (four) than they have won (three) in 2016.The Wolves have the fifth best home record in the league this season, while Darmstadt are the third most successful team away from home.Schuster has won six Bundesliga games in charge of Darmstadt, more than any other coach in the club's history.Sandro Wagner is Darmstadt's leading scorer with ten goals to his name this season.
Wolfsburg: Casteels – Träsch, Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez – Gustavo – Guilavogui, Arnold – Caligiuri, Draxler, Kruse
Absentees: Naldo (shoulder), Jung (knee), Dost (foot), Benaglio (rib)
Darmstadt: Mathenia – Jungwirth, Sulu, Rajkovic, Caldirola – Kempe, Niemeyer, Gondorf, Heller – Vrancic - Wagner
Absentees: Stroh-Engel (back), Garics (knee), Rosenthal (Achilles), Diaz (illness)