VfL Wolfsburg vs. Holstein Kiel / Bundesliga – The playoffs for completion of Bundesliga does not bring anything new when it comes to a team that is defending their elite rank status, since Wolfsburg is there for the second season in a row, while the team from the second league is a novelty, given that Kiel has been a member of 2.Bundesliga since last season. Wolfsburg was expected a lot more and that is why their disappointment is bigger, but they can be happy that they were not eliminated directly and Kiel eventually has to be contend with placement in the playoffs. This will be the first mutual match between Wolfsburg and Kiel. Begins: 17.05.2017. – 20:30 CET
After finishing the championship, Wolfsburg they can be comforted that they are already experienced when it comes to playoffs for survival, because last season they were preserving their Bundesliga status in this way and defeated the team of Braunschweig in both games with 1-0. Coach of the “Wolves” Bruno Labbadia also has experience with these games because he won survival in 2005 through playoffs, when he was leading the team of HSV.
Wolfsburg is a favourite in this duel and they cannot escape, but they were in the championship valid for one of the candidates in European standings, and have instead spent nearly the entire season in the bottom of the table. In the finish, they entered in a new crisis of results that has brought them in a very unpleasant position and before the last round it was clear that it would be difficult to save themselves, because they had to overcome Cologne, so they would not be eliminated directly. After three defeats in a row, they have finally managed to celebrate with 4-1 after the three defeats, and the good news is the return of striker Brooks, while Verhaegh got injured again and Gerhardt will jump again probably, which will be the only change.
Probable lineups VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Gerhardt, Knoche, Brooks, William – Guilavogui, Arnold – Steffen, Malli, Brekalo – Origi
Unlike Wolfsburg, which is a big disappointment of Bundesliga, Kiel was a real positive surprise in their first season 2.Bundesliga, after entering the third rank of the competition. They were in the first three positions through the entire championship, but it should be said they were even the leaders on the table for several rounds. By the end they struggled to take one of the first two places and thus directly qualify in the elite rank, but they the home defeat by Nuremberg four rounds before the end was a decisive one.
They were not defeated in the last three rounds, and they have scored 11 goals in two wins, which means they are in good shape before this game. Kiel also has the experience with the playoffs, but negative, because they were weaker than 1860s in Munich in 2015 and thus missed the opportunity to qualify in 2.Bundesliga, but they succeeded two years later. Coach Anfang has in duel of the last round against Braunschweig sent the combined team to the field, but it did not prevent them from celebrating with 6-2. They will now play with the strongest available forces.
Probable lineups Holstein Kiel: Kronholm – Herrmann, Czichos, Schmidt, J.van der Bergh – Kinsombi, Peitz – Schindler, Drexler, Lewerenz – Ducksch
VfL Wolfsburg vs. Holstein Kiel PICK
Wolfsburg is a favourite and if they want to justify it, then it is quite logical they achieve any advantage on their field before the rematch. This season, Kiel proved to be a very unpleasant rival, but they played in second league and the big question is whether they will be able to parry.
Pick: Wolfsburg wins
Odds: 1.91 at betvictor (down to 1.80 can be played)