Last season, Wolfsburg were elated as they clinched the fourth spot to secure Champions League football. However, fast forward to today and they’re winless in the Bundesliga since early November and have slid closer and closer towards the relegation zone. They’re firmly in the fight to avoid the dreaded drop and they’ll see this fixture as an ideal opportunity to extend the gap and boost their chances of survival.
The situation looks dire for visitors Greuther Fuerth and lightning looks as though it does indeed strike twice, as the visitors second-ever Bundesliga campaign heads the same way as their first – in relegation. They’ve secured just two wins all season but of late it looks as though the pressure is off as they’ve put together a run in which they’ve gone four matches unbeaten.
- Have won their last six games against newly-promoted sides.
- Are conceding 1.4 goals per game on home soil.
- Are recording 4.1 shots on target per match but now come up against the side with the worst defence in the division.
- Have conceded more penalties than any other Bundesliga team.
Kevin Paredes has signed from DC United, while former German international Max Kruse has returned to the club from Union Berlin as Wout Weghorst departs for another relegation battle with Burnley. Renato Steffen is available after suspension, while Xaver Schlager and Lukas Nmecha are both nearing returns, with Nmecha possibly being involved here.
- Remain the only Bundesliga side to see 100% of their away league games this season feature over 2.5 goals.
- Have conceded at least two goals in their last 10 away league matches.
- Are still seeking their first away win of the season.
- Are conceding an average of 3.6 goals per game away from home this season.
Tobias Raschl has signed from Borussia Dortmund on a contract until 2024, while Gideon Jung could return to the squad after recovering from a serious knee injury.
Goalkeeper Marius Funk suffered a serious knee injury so Sascha Burchert returned between the sticks.
Afimico Pululu has signed from FC Basel to boost their attacking options.
My Pick: O2.5 Goals @ -110
Both of these sides really have no choice but to go for the win and that could mean goals, given how awful both have been defensively this season. The visitors have conceded a staggering 52 goals so far this campaign, meanwhile, Wolfsburg have consistently left gaps for their opponents to exploit. 55% of the hosts’ shots this season have come from in the 18-yard box and Fuerth will give them plenty of opportunities. In fact, the visitors remain the only side across Europe’s big five leagues to have seen at least three goals in every single away match. Expect both teams to cause a number of problems to each other’s respective backlines.
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