Wolfsburg came out on top the last time the teams met - on Matchday 18 of the 2014/15 campaign - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose
Wolfsburg came out on top the last time the teams met - on Matchday 18 of the 2014/15 campaign - © © gettyimages / Martin Rose
Bundesliga

Supercup preview: the key facts

Wolfsburg – The long wait is almost over as VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern München get the 2015/16 season up and running with the first official match of the campaign: the Supercup (kick-off 20:30 CEST / 18:30 GMT).

The stakes

bundesliga.com looks ahead to the heavyweight bout between last season’s top two sides…

In a fixture that pits the DFB Cup winners against the Bundesliga champions, the victor here takes home the Supercup trophy. That aside, it is an opportunity to draw first blood in the new season. can the Wolves send out a statement of their intent, or will Bayern flex their muscles?

Top facts

    This is Bayern’s fourth consecutive appearance in the Supercup, but they have lost the last two (against Borussia Dortmund on each occasion).It will be Wolfsburg’s first outing in an officially recognised Supercup, having played in an unofficial version of the competition in 2009 following their maiden Bundesliga title win. After a 14-year-hiatus, the Supercup was officially resumed as a DFL competition in 2010.The Supercup has been decided on penalties three times in the past: in 1993, 1996 and 2011.

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Current form

Wolfsburg: Veltins XI 7-0, KS Lechia Gdansk 1-1, AFC Ajax 1-1, FC Zürich 4-2, Villarreal CF 1-2, Arsenal FC 0-1

Bayern: Valencia 4-1, Internazionale de Milano 1-0, Guangzhou Evergrande 4-5 (on penalties)

History

Of the 34 Bundesliga matches these two have contested, Bayern have won a whopping 27, while the Wolves have triumphed just four times. Each of those victories came on home turf, however, while they have also drawn four of the 18 games staged in Wolfsburg.

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