Wolfsburg’s new coach Mark van Bommel has adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation thus far this season. He likes to have two defensive midfielders sitting in front of the back four who are strong yet good with the ball. Out on the flanks and behind the main striker, the Dutchman favours players with pace and skill who can swap in and out between the three positions.
One to watch: Maximilian Arnold
Maximilian Arnold has maintained his central midfield berth under new coach van Bommel, and continues to be the man pulling the strings and dictating play in front of the defence, always looking to play dangerous balls deep into the opposition’s half. Wolfsburg have got off to the best start in club’s history this season, but Arnold is very much keeping his feet on the ground. “We’re enjoying it but we’re only four matches in,” the midfielder said ahead of the Eintracht clash. “We’re better off focusing on who we’re playing next.”
SGE have come out on top in two of the past three Bundesliga meetings between the clubs, with Wolfsburg winning the other. The Eagles’ 4-3 victory in the last encounter marked the first time that they had ever beaten the Wolves twice in a row in the Bundesliga.
The two sides have faced off 44 times previously, with Wolfsburg winning 21 of them. 13 have ended in draws, with 10 going the way of the Eagles. The goal difference is roughly equal at 68:60.