A resurgent Ingolstadt travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT) knowing that victory could take them above their hosts and as high as 14th in the table.
Seemingly cut adrift for so long, the Ingolstadt players now firmly believe they can avoid relegation following a run of three straight wins. Maik Walpurgis' side scored eight goals in those three matches, with Almog Cohen chipping in with three. Florian Hadergjonaj also notched in that run, and he says the team are building up a head of steam at just the right time. "Wolfsburg will be a difficult game, but we have momentum on our side. We'll go there and try to win."
The Wolves currently occupy 14th spot on 32 points but know a defeat would be a hammer blow to their chances of survival, particularly after defeats in their last two games and testing games to come at Hertha Berlin and at home to FC Bayern Munich. If Mario Gomez can keep up his incredible scoring run - he has seven goals in his last six matches - they can at least be hopeful of avoiding defeat.
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Kuba, Knoche, Gustavo, Gerhardt - Guilavogui - Vieirinha, Bazoer, Arnold, Didavi - Gomez
Coach: Andries Jonker
Absentees: Benaglio (back), Bruma (knee), Rodriguez (ankle), Dejagah (light training), Ntep (muscle)
Ingolstadt: Nyland - Matip, Roger, Tisserand - Hadergjonaj, Cohen, Morales, Süttner - Groß, Lezcano, Leckie
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Absentees: Bregerie (suspended), Hartmann (thigh)
- Wolfsburg have taken just one point from their last three winless games.Wolfsburg lost for the 14th time this season on MD 28, which is half of their games and more than the whole of last season (13).FC Ingolstadt are the only team alongside RB Leipzig to win all three of their games over the Englische Woche. That is a new winning record for Die Schanzer.The Wolves have already lost eight times at home this season to equal a negative club record for an entire campaign. They have never lost eight in a season.Under Walpurgis, Ingolstadt have managed 4 away wins in 9 outings. That’s more than Ingolstadt’s entire history in the Bundesliga, having only won three away games up until Walpurgis’ arrival.Mario Gomez has scored against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga sides. Ingolstadt are the only club he has left to score against.All seven Wolfsburg goals under Andries Jonker have been scored by Mario Gomez.