The 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign is drawing to a close, but with seven rounds of matches remaining, all 18 teams still have plenty to play for as they look to get the most out of one of the most exciting seasons in the history of Germany’s top flight.
But how are things shaping up heading into the final stretch and how good are each side's chances of reaching their targets? bundesliga.com puts VfL Wolfsburg under the spotlight.
Story so far
- Runners-up in the Bundesliga last season alongside their DFB Cup triumph, the Wolves have fallen short of their own expectations this season, heading into the international break in eighth, ten points away from automatic UEFA Champions League qualification.
- Wolfsburg's form has been patchy since the 4-0 win at Hannover 96 on Matchday 24, with the 1-0 loss at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 26 a particular low-point for Dieter Hecking's men.
- The Wolves' form on the continent has been impressive, though. The 2009 Bundesliga champions are in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time, having beaten Belgian champions KAA Gent 4-2 on aggregate to set up a meeting with Real Madrid CF.
Still to play for
- Automatic qualification for Europe's top-tier competition remains possible, but Hertha Berlin are ten points away in third with 21 points left to play for.
- Wolfsburg do, though, only have five points to make up for if they are to overhaul Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in fifth and sixth respectively.
- The Wolves' next two Bundesliga games are against the two teams directly above them - Leverkusen and 1. FSV Mainz 05. A win in each of those would make the Lower Saxony team's domestic season look far rosier.
In-form star: Andre Schürrle
- The FIFA World Cup-winner failed to find the target in the Hinrunde, but has already scored five times since the turn of the year.
- Schürrle has needed only 112 minutes per goal in the Rückrunde. In his previous spells at Mainz and Leverkusen he has needed 239 minutes and 303 minutes respectively.
- Each of Schürrle's five goals has been scored with the 25-year-old starting at centre-forward. The Germany international was used almost exclusively from the wing in the first half of the season.