VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Bundesliga – By the names of the teams this is a very strong duel, but Wolfsburg is below the average this season and they are in the lower part of the table, just three points above the relegation zone before this round. Borussia was also weak last season and they started the new season changeable, while they now caught the right rhythm and they were not defeated in five matches, which brought them a breakthrough in fourth place, with ten points more than their host. Wolfsburg was in a series of draws, then they won and lost, while both have passed in the Cup. Last season in Wolfsburg their rivals played 1-1. Begins: 03.12.2017. – 18:00 CET
Just when they managed to break the series of seven draws, or nine matches without defeat, defeating Freiburg with 3-1 in their field, they lost in Augsburg in the last round and are now very close to the dangerous zone. The problem for Augsburg was Arnold's suspension practically at the very beginning of the game and of course it was difficult to play. Even with lesser players on the field, thanks to Didavi’s goal they took the lead at the end of the first half, but in the second they did not endure and lost with 2-1.
Coach Schmidt has after the victory at Freiburg, changed the starting lineup and tried to be more offensive with Origi instead of Gerhardt, but the early suspension has disrupted everything. They are now subjected to at least one change and Gerhardt will return to cover the absence of suspended Arnold. Uduoka could be at the center-back position instead of Knoche.
Probable lineups VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Uduokhai, Brooks, Tisserand – Guilavogui, Gerhardt – Origi, Didavi, Malli – M.Gomez
Borussia has been in great shape for some time, and the culmination was in the last round when they defeated the current champion Bayern. If that was the culmination it does not mean that it was the end of the series and how they play, and they can definitely overcome their rivals. After all, before Bayern, they defeated Hertha in Berlin and, together with the triumph in the Cup, this was a five matches without defeat. The stains of the season are those two catastrophic defeats by Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, but that is all in the past and the team from M'gladbach now plays much better and more efficiently.
Herth scored three goals in Berlin in the first 20 minutes, while they had a 2-0 lead against Bayern at half-time. In Berlin, the heroes of the victory were strikers Raffael and Stindl, whilethey were not in the best mood against the Bavarians, but Hazard played very well and again scored a goal. Hecking made one change to derby against Bayern and Herrmannplayed instead of F. Jonsson. They were left early without Kramer in that duel but again it did not feel too much in the game. Now Kramer should be ready, and if not, then maybe Grifo jumps in the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt – Kramer(Grifo), Zakaria – Herrmann(F.Johnsnon), Hazard – Raffael, Stindl
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Wolfsburg is unpredictable and their form oscillates this season, but they are becoming better, at least on their field and are certainly able to score goals in all matches, which especially applies for Borussia, which is in great mood lately and therefore we expect an efficent match.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.64 bet365 (down to 1.56 can be played)