Wolfsburg vs Holstein Kiel
Wolfsburg host Holstein Kiel in the 1st leg of their relegation battle at Volkswagen Arena.
Hosts are the big favorites here and they need badly a positive result after the 1st leg and that means only to win! I can't imagine Kiel to join Nurnberg and Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga, while Wolfsburg to play in the 2 Bundesliga. Wolfsburg did their best in the final round against Koln and they won 4:1,but it was too late for that win. They had direct match against Hamburger where they lost at home- these missed 3 points could be vital for their survival instead of Freiburg, but that's the reality. If we have to be honest, Wolfsburg defense is very weak and if they succeed to save their place in the Bundesliga, they have to strenghten it a lot! The attacking players are okay- Brekalo, Malli, Steffen and Origi can be really dangerous and creative, but it's important to feel safe in the back positions and I think this wasn't happening during all of the season in this club.
The visitors finished 3rd in the 2 Bundesliga. They are flying high, because they were newcomers in the 2 Bundesliga, succeeded to earn a promotion play-off in their 1st season at this level and they have a chance to go in the highest level in German football. Their coach is expected to leave and take Cologne, so elimination of Wolfsburg will be the real peak of coaching Kiel. I don't think it will happen, but you never know, especially what's going to be the outcome of the 2nd leg in Kiel.
Both teams have a lot of players who are doubtful for this match. Wolfsburg will be without Mehmedi, Osimhen, Sebastian Jung and Marcel Tisserand, while doubtful are Camacho, Didavi, Bazoer and Verhaegh. Visitors possible missings will be Dominik Schmidt, Patrick Herrmann and Dominick Drexler.
Last season Wolfsburg were in the same position, when they finished at the same place and played relegation play-off against Braunschweig. They won both games with 1:0 and saves their place in the Bundesliga. Now they will have the same job and I doubt they will fail, no matter Kiel look much more dangerous than Braunschweig. Visitors will rely a lot on both players- Ducksch and Lewerenz(scored 4 goals in Kiel's last match). I know a lot of people expect goals here, maybe in both nets and that's more than logical, but it was the same last season against Brainschweig and both games went under 2.5 goals. I was thinking to play it Wolfsburg+over 2.5 goals and that's a tip for the bravest ones, but I will stay away from over here and will play only Wolfsburg to win the match. Volkswagen Arena is absolutely sold out and the hosts will have wild support here, so I believe they won't disappoint their fans.
Wolfsburg vs Holstein Kiel prediction
|Wolfsburg||Pinnacle||1.97||9||3-1 WON (+8.73 units)|