Wolfsburg host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with the two teams in very different form. Die Wolfe have won just one of their five games since the winter break, while the league leaders have won all of their fixtures.
Where and when: Volkswagen Arena – 17 February, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Wolfsburg came from two goals down at the Allianz Arena to claim a draw against Munich back in September. Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben had put the home side into a commanding lead at half time, before the visitors stuck back through Maximilian Arnold and Daniel Didavi.
Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich Predictions and Preview
Wolfsburg’s impressive point in Munich earlier this term stopped a run of six straight defeats against the Bavarian giants, and Martin Schmidt’s side will hope to go one better on Saturday. Bayern are an even more daunting proposition back under the tutelage of Jupp Heynckes though, and start this game as heavy favourites in the betting.
The visitors are priced at 2/5 to continue their march towards the Bundesliga title with another three points. They currently have an 18 point lead over second placed RB Leipzig, meaning the league is all but sewn up with just 12 games remaining.
Die Wolfe meanwhile are just four points above the relegation play-off place, and will look to take advantage of any complacency in the Bayern ranks. Die Roten have a Champions League round of 16 fixture against Besiktas on Tuesday, so there’s a chance half an eye could be turned towards that game.
If you think the hosts can pull off a shock victory, you can get odds of 8/1 on Schmidt’s side. The Wolfsburg boss has plenty of injury concerns though, with the likes of Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Gerhardt among those ruled out. At least they won’t have to face Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal, with the German No.1 still out of action.
Given their predicament in the bottom half of the table, a draw would be a good result for the hosts, especially when you consider most of the teams around them will be beaten by Bayern twice this season. The draw’s available at 4/1 in the betting.
One to watch for Wolfsburg: Divock Origi is on loan at the Volkswagen Arena from Liverpool, and with five goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances so far, he’s 11/1 to open the scoring.
One to watch for Bayern Munich: James Rodriguez is getting back to the sort of form that saw him light up the last World Cup and secure a big-money move to Real Madrid. The Colombian is 11/2 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: After Wolfsburg’s spirited fightback in their last game against the champions-elect, another 2-2 draw could be worth a punt at 18/1.