On Saturday, starting at 14:30, the Wolfsburg – Bayern match of the 23rd round of the Bundesliga will be played. We anticipate an unbalanced match where guests should dominate again.
The hosts failed to impress in the match with Werder Bremen, a perfect match anticipated by our editors. Although the overall ratio was balanced, Wolfsburg was much less precise. The only goal of the “wolves” came from a penalty that had been missed in the first phase. Their performance was even worse as this game was a “6 point” in the fight to avoid relegation. Thus, although they could escape many worries by a victory they see only 4 points of Mainz, the first team under the red line before an extremely difficult duel with Bayern Munchen, the champion en titre. With only 25 goals scored in 22 stages, it’s hard to believe that they will be able to get a good result, either on their own, in front of a team that has only scored 17 goals this season. Besides, Wolfscburg has no less than 6 injured players, while Verhaegh is still uncertain because of the flu that is rumored to have not “escaped” all that. If he will not be able to play, we should see Jung the right defender, a solution not quite right in front of such a match.
On the other side, Bayern does not require any presentation. The Bavarian team is the en-titre champion and it is very likely that this year’s title will come back to them as well. With 18 points at the top of the Bundesliga hierarchy, Bayern is “quiet” and is aiming for the 2nd and 3rd place battle between five bands. For this game only Neuer is injured while Arturo Vidal is suspended. Most likely we will see an improvised band because Jupp Heynckes will want to rest their UCL holders with Besiktas. For example, it is very likely to see Wagner or why Coman does not attack, while Lewandowski will be rested. Although it is clear that Bayern’s reserves are of superior quality to Wolfsburg players, it is hard to predict what will happen on Saturday. Normally Bayern should impose, but the distance between them and the “platoon retreat” is so great that there really is no reason to force it. In the tournament, when the Bavarians had to fight for the 3 points, especially because they played at home, the game ended 2-2. Even if players who are going to be titular will surely want to stand up and give their best to hope for a place in the first 11 in the future, things do not always go so far in football.
Wolfsburg: Casteels-Verhaegh, Bruma, Knoche, William-Guilavogui, Arnold-Steffen, Mali, Mehmedi-Origi.
Bayern: Ulreich – Bernat, Sule, Boateng, Rafinha – Rudy – Robben, Tolisso, Alcantara, Coman-Wagner.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.57