VfL Wolfsburg vs. 1.FC Cologne / Bundesliga – Wolfsburg and Cologne are meeting in a derby in the last round of Bundesliga, and both teams are in the relegation zone, with the proviso that Cologne is last on the table and they are already written off, while Wolfsburg is in a position that leads to playoffs for survival and they would be happy to stay there, even if they can be eliminated directly. The “Wolves” can survive without playoffs if they win this match, and Freiburg loses. Otherwise, with the win and the draw they are going to playoffs, while they can be directly eliminated with a defeat and if HSV wins. Cologne is playing this duel play for mutual prestige, and they defeated Wolfsburg with 1-0 in the first part of the season. Begins: 12.05.2018. – 15:30 CET
As it could be assumed, Wolfsburg has this season played so badly that they were eventually in a situation to even leave the league directly. As they are playing lately, it would not undeservedly, but fortunately for this team, there are worse than them and they are still in a situation that they should not be eliminated directly. They could not wish for a better opponent in the last round than the written off Cologne, although they are aware that their rival will not surrender easily and that the Wolves must play one good match, which is very rare for them this season.
They only won five times, and the last time it was in Freiburg five rounds ago, and since then, they have suffered three defeats. Wolfsburg fans are panicking when they see that their team did not celebrate at home since the middle of November. Two rounds ago were defeated even by HSV, while they lost in the last round to Leipzig. Verhaegh is now returning to the team after the suspension, but the list of injured players is pretty long.
Probable lineups VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Bruma, Uduokhai, William – Guilavogui, Arnold – Blazsczykowski, Malli, Brekalo – Origi
Two rounds ago, there was hope for Cologne that they might still be able to save themselves, but that hope ended, so the popular “Billy Goats” will play in 2.Bundeliga next season. It cannot be said that they deserved better, because they were not in the relegation zone only after the first round. After the second, they dropped to the penultimate position, which they occupied for three rounds, while they spent all the other rounds on the last position, and it was clear why they did not deserve to survive.
What is interesting for this season is that they played in Europa league, but they did not even pass the group stage. So, this was one catastrophically bad season and a little glimpse of light came appeared when it seemed that they could save themselves. However, they are without a win in the previous six rounds and they have only scored two points, so they have already packed their bags for the lower rank of the competition, and in this duel they will try to say goodbye honourably, and thus make the host a problem.
Probable lineups 1.FC Cologne: T.Horn – Sorensen, Maroh, Heintz – Risse, Hoger, Koziello, J.Hector – Clemens – Zoller, Terodde
VfL Wolfsburg vs. 1.FC Cologne PICK
Apparently it is all clear, because the host needs points to stay in the league, while the guests are written off, however, that does not mean that they need to be eliminated in this duel. Cologne is completely relieved and they want to say goodbye by playing a good game, while Wolfsburg is under big pressure, because they are playing poorly, especially in their field.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.87 at 10bet (down to 1.77 can be played)