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Mainz vs VfL Wolfsburg

Competition – German Bundesliga

Stadium – OPEL Arena

Date: 23rd February 2018

Kick-off time – 19:30 GMT

Mainz earned a surprise 2-0 win at Hertha Berlin last time and that was a much needed boost after they succumbed to a 4-2 loss to Hoffenheim in the game prior.

They were also on a run of three consecutive Bundesliga losses before that win and their manager Sandro Schwarz still holds the worst top flight record of any other top flight manager.

Abdou Diallo is back for this game after missing the last one through suspension.

The France Under 21 international will hope to help them keep their first two consecutive clean sheets this season in this game.

Mainz have conceded 11 goals in their last 4 matches.

Wolfsburg have become more hardworking under former Mainz boss, Martin Schmidt.

This was shown by how they led Bayern Munich for 63 minutes in their last league game, however, they threw away that lead no thanks to a goal a piece from Sandro Wagner and Robert Lewandoski.

That 2-1 loss saw them fall back to within distance of the relegation zone.

Wolfsburg have failed to win over their host since 2014 and that means they could be into further relegation trouble at the end of this game.

They have kept three clean sheets from their last five away games, although they have won only two of their last eleven league games.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Mainz

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L TSG Hoffenheim 4-2 Mainz 10 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
L Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz 7 Feb, 2018 German DFB Pokal
L Mainz 0-2 Bayern Munich 3 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
L Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Mainz 28 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga
W Mainz 3-2 VfB Stuttgart 20 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga

VfL Wolfsburg

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Werder Bremen 3-1 VfL Wolfsburg 11 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
L Schalke 04 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg 7 Feb, 2018 German DFB Pokal
D VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 VfB Stuttgart 3 Feb, 2018 German Bundesliga
W Hannover 96 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg 28 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga
L VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 Jan, 2018 German Bundesliga

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Mainz 30 Sep, 2017 German Bundesliga
Mainz 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg 4 Mar, 2017 German Bundesliga
VfL Wolfsburg 0-0 Mainz 2 Oct, 2016 German Bundesliga
VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Mainz 9 Apr, 2016 German Bundesliga
Mainz 2-0 VfL Wolfsburg 7 Nov, 2015 German Bundesliga


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