After narrowly being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid CF in midweek, VfL Wolfsburg will look to get their top-four push back on track at struggling SV Werder Bremen on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
A late defeat to fellow strugglers FC Augsburg at the Weser Stadium on Matchday 29 means Bremen have slipped into the relegation play-off place ahead of this one. Viktor Skripnik's side are without a win in four games and are badly missing top-scorer Claudio Pizarro's nose for goals.
For their part, the Wolves are in danger of ending the season in mid-table if results do not pick up in the final stretch. Dieter Hecking's side were held to a 1-1 draw on home turf by European rivals 1. FSV Mainz 05 last time out, and are also without a Bundesliga win in four games.
Matchday 13 rewind: Wolfsburg 6-0 Werder Bremen
Matchday 30 - match stats
- Bremen have already equalled their worst-ever home record in the Bundesliga (seven defeats) from 1998/99 and 2012/13.Wolfsburg have only won twice away from home this season in the league.Werder have failed to keep a clean sheet for the last 32 games. The Bundesliga all-time low was set by MSV Duisburg (38 games) in the 1970s.Since Hecking has been in charge of the Wolves, they have won all six games against Bremen, scoring 22 goals in the process.Wolfsburg's 6-0 win earlier this season was Hecking's biggest win as a Bundesliga coach.Andre Schürrle - who failed to score in the first half of the season - has scored six of Wolfsburg's 14 goals since the turn of the year.
Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, S. Garcia - Grillitsch - Öztunali, Fritz, Junuzovic, Bartels - Pizarro
Absentees: Djilobodji (suspended), Bargfrede (knee), Johannsson (light training)
Coach: Viktor Skripnik
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Knoche, R. Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Vieirinha, Arnold, Schürrle - Dost
Absentees: Jung (knee), Dante (suspended), Draxler, Bruno Henrique (both fitness)
Coach: Dieter Hecking