• Wolfsburg have lost by a five-goal margin five times in the Bundesliga (never by more) and two of those defeats have come against Bremen: The Wolves were beaten 6-1 in the Weserstadion in November 2005 and Werder also won 7-2 in Wolfsburg in September 1999.
  • VfL haven’t won any of their last four matches (D2, L2), conceding 14 goals in the process. The last time they went longer without a win was in autumn 2012 (7 games) and manager Felix Magath was relieved of his duties at the end of that run.
  • Wolfsburg have scored in each of their last 18 Bundesliga games – only Bayern are currently on a longer goalscoring run (63 games). VfL have only had a longer goalscoring run twice before in the top flight, most recently between October 2009 and April 2010 (21 games, club record in the Bundesliga).
  • No team has collected more points from losing positions than Wolfsburg this season (15, the same as Augsburg and Bayern). VfL were the league leaders in this regard last season as well, with 15 points claimed after going behind.
  • Kevin de Bruyne’s red card was VfL’s seventh sending-off already this season – a league-high. Apart from the last matchday (1-1 draw against Augsburg), each of their matches with a sending-off have ended in defeat (five defeats in total, two red cards against Hannover 96).
  • De Bruyne will miss the meeting with his former club due to suspension. Meanwhile, Philipp Bargfrede is out for Bremen with a yellow-card suspension.
  • Naldo made 173 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen between 2005 and 2012, scoring 22 goals. He celebrated a League Cup win with Werder in 2006 and also lifted the German Cup with them in 2009.
  • Cedric Makiadi joined the VfL youth setup from Lübeck in 2002 and made the step up to the first team in 2005. He played 48 times in the Bundesliga for the Wolves up until 2007 and scored four goals.
  • Klaus Allofs won the German league title with Bremen as sporting director in 2004 and also celebrated two German Cup wins with them (2004 and 2009). Allofs also won his only German league title as a player with Bremen in 1992/93.
  • The away game in Bremen is Dieter Hecking’s 250th Bundesliga match as a manager. Clemens Fritz could play his 250th Bundesliga game, Cedric Makiadi is set for number 200, while Assani Lukimya and Theodor Gebre Selassie could both make their 50th appearance in the top flight.