Bundesliga

December 2, 2012

Full-time

VfL Wolfsburg

1 - 1

Hamburg SV

Bundesliga

16:30 +00:00, December 2, 2012

Volkswagen Arena

VfL Wolfsburg v Hamburg SV: Preview

Team Stat Comparison

VfL Wolfsburg Hamburg SV
Matches Played 34 34
Table Position 11 7
Points 43 48
Goal Difference -5 -11
Goals for * 1.2 1.4
Goals against * 1.8 2.1
Last 5 D-D-D-W-W L-W-D-L-W
Last 5 home D-W-D-D-D L-D-W-L-L
Last 5 away D-D-W-D-W W-L-W-L-W
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: VfL Wolfsburg | Hamburg SV

Competition Stats

VfL Wolfsburg Hamburg SV
Goals Diego 10 Artjoms Rudnevs 12
Assists Diego 7 Rafael Van der Vaart 9
Yellows Naldo 8 Milan Badelj 8
Reds Josué 1 Maximilian Beister 1
Squads: VfL Wolfsburg | Hamburg SV

Next Matches

VfL Wolfsburg Hamburg SV
4/19 A: Hamburg SV 4/19 H: VfL Wolfsburg
4/26 H: SC Freiburg 4/27 A: FC Augsburg
5/3 A: VfB Stuttgart 5/3 H: Bayern Munich
5/10 H: Borussia Monchengladbach 5/10 A: Mainz

Wolfsburg's 2-0 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach was nothing more than a minor setback, according to their caretaker-coach Lorenz-Gunther Kostner, who is otherwise pleased with the progress they have made since he took charge.

Kostner has lifted the Wolves off the foot of the Bundesliga and three points clear of the bottom three and he is under no illusion that defeats will come along the way to safety.

However, his aim is to make sure there are more wins than losses and he believes they are finally heading in the right direction.

"We are now playing better football,'' he said at a press conference.

"We are combining more and are not just hoofing the ball forwards all the time.

"The results may not have been right in our last games, but if we learn the basics and fight passionately while being clinical in front of goal, then we will soon be safe.''

They face a Hamburg side once again deprived of Rafael van der Vaart and Heung Min-son, but Kostner is reading nothing into those absences.

"To say that they are coming here with a weakened side would be our first mistake,'' he said.

"They showed that on Tuesday with their strong game. Nevertheless, we want to win.''

Hamburg's 3-1 win over Schalke in midweek has lifted them back into a group of teams chasing the top six.

"We showed against Schalke that we had learnt from our last away game,'' said their coach Thorsten Fink.

"I hope that they can now do the same all over again in Wolfsburg.''

In addition to Van der Vaart and Heung, Fink is also without the suspended Tolgay Arslan while Marcell Jansen is out with a shoulder injury.

Ivica Olic and Josue are the only doubts for Kostner.