• Only one point separates VfL Wolfsburg and SV Darmstadt 98.
  • Wolves last won three points during Matchday 1.
  • The Lillies had twice as many points on the board at this stage of last season.

Having not won since Matchday 1, VfL Wolfsburg will be hoping to overturn their bad run against SV Darmstadt 98 at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor on Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Being only two points above the relegation zone is not something Wolfsburg are used to, but changes are afoot for the men in green. With the exit of Dieter Hecking after four years in charge, Wolfsburg reserve coach Valerien Ismaël takes charge temporarily. Will this spell a new era for the Wolves and kick-start a climb back up the Bundesliga table?

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Despite struggling away, it is at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor where Darmstadt continue to ring in the points. Having won all five of their points this season at home, the Lillies will be looking to benefit from Wolfsburg’s busy week and add three more to their tally.

VfL Wolfsburg's clash with SV Darmstadt 98 will be Valerien Ismaël's first match in charge

Match Stats

  • Wolfsburg have exactly half as many points (six) after seven games as they did at the same stage last season.
  • The Wolves managed just three victories on the road last term, but that included a 1-0 win in Darmstadt.
  • Wolfsburg beat Darmstadt on penalties in the first round of the DFB Cup in August 2014 on their way to lifting the trophy that season.
  • Darmstadt’s sporting director Holger Fach coached the Wolves for the first half of the 2005/05 season before being replaced by Klaus Augenthaler after just four wins in 17 matches.
  • Mario Gomez has scored against 15 of the 18 current Bundesliga teams with only RB Leipzig, FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 still to evade him.
  • Darmstadt are bottom of the away league table and have picked up all five of their points at their Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion this campaign.

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The venue - Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor