Wolfsburg vs Mainz by Alexis1016

Wolfsburg
VS
Mainz
Football - Germany - Bundesliga.

 

Wolfsburg lost their first two games of the year, but the team it's still strong, despite the fact they lost in January transfer window one of the best player of the team, the brazilian Diego Ribas, who joined the spanish side, Atletico de Madrid. So, Wolfsburg lost Diego, but they brought Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea and I see the belgian more determined than Diego to impress after he played only few matches for the London side in the first half of this season. Also, after the departure of Diego, Wolfsburg lost an excellent set pieces taker, but isn't a huge blow for them because the swiss Ricardo Rodriguez it's very good at set pieces. Daniel Caliguri is suspended and Medojevic, Polak, Vieirinha are injured, they are good players, but aren't essential players for Wolfsburg in this season like Olic, Maxi Arnold or Luiz Gustavo.

 

On the other hand, Mainz started very well the new year with two wins. They won against VfB Stuttgart away from home, 2-1 and a victory with 2-0 at home versus Freiburg. Mainz brought in this winter Koo Ja-Cheol from Wolfsburg, a good attacking midfielder, who scored a nice goal in the last round against Freiburg. A important absence for the away side in this game, the experienced central defender from Macedonia, Nikolce Noveski is suspended for this game due to yellow card acumulation. Noveski started in all 19 games of this season, so, it's a big blow for them. Also, another central defender Niko Bungert and the defensive midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger are injured, but they played only few games in this season. Elkin Soto (DM, 12/0) and Malik Fathi (DF, 1/0) are also out for this game.

 

Probable line-ups:

 

Benaglio - Ochs, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Träsch, Luiz Gustavo - Arnold, de Bruyne, Perisic - Olic.

 

Karius - Pospech, Bell, Bungert, Junior Diaz - Geis - Moritz, Park - Koo - N. Müller, Okazaki

 

I think the absence of Noveski will affect the defense of Mainz, especially as Wolfsburg has quality players in front of the goal, but Mainz it's also dangerous on the counters thanks to Okazaki and Nicolai Muller. So, I will go on team goals in the detriment of a Wolfsburg victory.

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