Buoyed by their UEFA Champions League exploits, Wolfsburg are back to the bread and butter of the Bundesliga when they host Mainz this Saturday. - © gettyimages
Buoyed by their UEFA Champions League exploits, Wolfsburg are back to the bread and butter of the Bundesliga when they host Mainz this Saturday. - © gettyimages
Bundesliga

The Guide: Wolfsburg vs Mainz

Fresh from beating Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League, VfL Wolfsburg face another tough test when 1. FSV Mainz 05 come calling this Saturday (kick-off 18:30CEST/16:30GMT) in a game broadcast on the FOX network in the United States.

bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the clash at the Volkswagen Arena between two Europe-chasing teams…

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European importance

Indeed, the clash with Mainz rivals the return leg at Real Madrid in terms of importance for last year's Bundesliga runners-up. The gap to fourth place, and Champions League qualification again next season, has grown to seven points. With six matches still to be played, defeat at home to Mainz would effectively end Wolfsburg's hopes of closing that gap and force Dieter Hecking's men to put all of their eggs in that one Estadio Santiago Bernabeu basket on Tuesday – they can qualify for the Champions League next season by winning it this year, after all.

Watch: Andre Schürrle's thoughts on returning to Mainz