Schalke vs Wolfsburg by Gustav
After a disappointing performance in the first round after the re-start of Bundesliga, Schalke managed to bounce back to winning ways with a 2:0 solid performance away to Darmstadt last weekend. They finally showed one good, stable performance, since the team looked rock solid on the ball from the first minute till last, slowly increasing the tempo as the time progressed.
Visitors opened up the scorelinw ith a goal from Meyer in the 43rd minute and got the second one eight minutes into the second half via Sane, but didn't stop attacking and looked like a better side even with a three pointer in their hands. Being only one point below Champions League placed Leverkusen, their only priority for this game is three pointer and getting a victory in front of own fans after really poor performance against Werder. Schalke should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Huntelaar as their number nine. They can't count at long term absentees central defender Matija Nastasic (1/0), right back Atsuto Uchida (0/0), defender Benedikt Howedes (12/1) and finally, defensive midfielder Marco Hoger (5/0).
Wolfsburg disappointed a bit at the re-start of the championship, since they have earned only one point out of possible six, taking a point in a 1:1 draw at home against Koln last weekend. Previous to that, they suffered 3:2 defeat away to Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago. As for the game against Koln, they were the ones who looked more lively on the field, have surely had much more of the ball possession, but the overall impression is that they created little real chances in front of opponent's goal.
However, they were the ones to strike first, via Draxler in 67th minute, while the guests responded with equalizer eight minutes later via Modeste. Near the end of the match, neither of the teams looked like risking a lot. With this point taken, the team now completed a run of six matches in Bundesliga without victory, as they dropped down to seventh position, outside of the placed that will be leading to Europe next season. Still, they are only two points behind sixth placed Gladbach and four points behind Champions League placed Leverkusen, so everything can be corrected in case the team starts performing better soon. Away from home they've been the worst travelers this season with only one victory and three draws out of nine matches, so there is no doubt that everyone will be fired up to show one good performance on the road finally. Guests should continue in 4-2-3-1 formation with Schurrle as striker. They won't be able to count at suspended defensive Luiz Gustavo (13/0), but also injured forward Bas Dost (16/7), midfielder Maximilian Arnold (17/2) and central defender Carlos Ascues (who anyway didn't perform till now for them).
Both teams will go into this one being close to a must win situation and in order to attack. This way or another, I don't see this one as defensive game, as it should be real competitive match with plenty of goal scoring chances from both sides. My first choice will be over 3 goals, bet that can easily be won already after sixty minutes or so.