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Wolfsburg plot Bayern downfall

Published: Tuesday 26 October 2004, 9.22CET
Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg take on FC Bayern München looking to keep their title rivals at bay.

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Published: Tuesday 26 October 2004, 9.22CET

Wolfsburg plot Bayern downfall

Bundesliga leaders VfL Wolfsburg take on FC Bayern München looking to keep their title rivals at bay.
FC Bayern München are intent on making up lost ground in the Bundesliga tonight when leaders VfL Wolfsburg visit the Olympiastadion.

Great start
Wolfsburg have won seven of their opening nine matches and went top this weekend after beating VfL Bochum 1848, 3-0. They are a point clear of VfB Stuttgart, who lost 2-0 at SC Freiburg, and four above Bayern. "Wolfsburg are on a run at the moment and they are serious contenders for the title," Bayern coach Felix Magath said. "That is why we must win and close the gap."

Confidence high
Bayern are yet to hit their stride this season, but followed up last week's home defeat by FC Schalke 04 with a 2-0 victory at FC Hansa Rostock on Saturday. Wolfsburg have never won in the Bundesliga in Munich, but the league leaders are bursting with confidence. "We are the leading side in the Bundesliga and we are not scared of Bayern," Wolfsburg's former Bayern midfielder Pablo Thiam said. "We will go into the game looking for a good result."

Relegation tussle
At the other end of the table, Bochum welcome VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach with both clubs desperate for victory. "We need a win to boost our confidence and lift us out of the drop zone," Bochum coach Peter Neururer said. Mönchengladbach lost at home to Hannover 96 at the weekend and are just two points above the relegation places. "We deserved to lose against Hannover, but we must bounce back in Bochum," coach Holger Fach said. Also tonight, Hannover entertain 1. FC Kaiserslautern while BV Borussia Dortmund travel to Hertha BSC Berlin.

Last updated: 27/10/04 0.24CET

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