In search of a goalscorer

VfL-Wolfsburg-Spieler Jonas Wind setzt sich gegen Gegenspieler durch und schießt den Ball.

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Ahead of the 52nd Bundesliga meeting between the two sides on Sunday 7 May (kick-off 17:30 CEST), Borussia have already recorded 31 wins against VfL. There have been 10 draws and 10 wins for the Green-and-Whites – only three of which have come away from home. 

Despite these statistics, the Wolves certainly shouldn’t be underestimated by Dortmund. On the last matchday, Niko Kovac’s men impressed in a 3-0 victory against Mainz, whereas BVB could only manage a 1-1 draw at Ruhr rivals Bochum, which saw them surrender top spot in the table to Bayern Munich again. Borussia boast the strongest home record in the league this season but in the reverse fixture in Wolfsburg, VfL won 2-0 thanks to goals from Micky van de Ven and Lukas Nmecha.

Perfect record: Dortmund midfielder Emre Can has faced the Wolves six times in the Bundesliga and won every time.

Solid keepers: Koen Casteels has kept a clean sheet in 12 out of 30 games this term, while opposite number Gregor Kobel has kept nine in 23. That puts them both in the top five in the league.

Sharpshooters: BVB and VfL have the best shot conversion rate in the Bundesliga this season alongside Werder Bremen (they both need fewer than seven attempts per goal).

Room for improvement: No Wolfsburg player has scored more than six times (Yannick Gerhardt and Jonas Wind) in 2022/23 – no other team’s top scorer has fewer goals. Dortmund’s leading marksman is Julian Brandt with eight – no side have ever become champions without a player having scored more than 10.

Mixed signs: The Green-and-Whites have failed to win on their last nine visits to Dortmund, but they are third in the away table for this season.

Fortress: Borussia have won their last nine Bundesliga matches at Signal Iduna Park and are the strongest home team in the German top flight. Three of their final four fixtures of the season are in front of their own fans.

In search of a goalscorer

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