Wolfsburg has just had an incredible result last week. Oliver Glasner’s men have been considered as the savior of the tight Bundesliga rivalry this season, in which there is no single dominant team in this German top tier league, not even the reigning Champions, Bayern Munchen.
Their positive run after the victory over the previous leader of the standings, Gladbach is expected to continue while hosting Schalke 04 in this midweek fixture. Their counterpart is currently sitting on the fourth of the table with five points higher than Wolfsburg. This will be an exciting clash indeed.
Wolfsburg and Schalke Previous Matches
Wolfsburg’s form has been surprisingly positive. They managed to defeat Gladbach 2-1 last week till they had to lose their position on the top. Their winning goals were scored by Xavier Schlager and the late strike by Max Arnold. The visitor could only respond by Breel Embolo in the first half. It was their second win after previously beating St.Etienne 1-0 in Europa League. It also led them to advance to the knock out stage.
Schalke also had another win last week. David Wagner’s men thumped Eintracht Frankfurt by a single goal of their Belgian attacking midfielder, Benito Raman. It was his fourth goal of the season.
Oliver Glasner tends to opt for various formations from 3-4-2-1, 3-4-3 or 4-3-3. He relies on Wout Weighorst as the main scorer. This Dutch frontman has netted seven goals and provided two assists. In the previous match, Glasner attempted 4-1-4-1 formation against Gladbach and worked well. It might be deployed for the next match as well.
David Wagner is in fact, not so much different from his counterpart. The former Huddersfield’s boss employed several tactical formations but he mainly deploys 4-2-3-1. He mainly counts on Armine Harit, Benito Raman and Suat Serdar to score.
Players to Watch
In Wolfsburg, the current top performers are surprisingly the two wing-backs, William and Kevin Mbabu, besides their striker Wout Weghorst. The hero in the previous match, Max Arnold is another notable one with two goals and two assists so far.
Meanwhile in Schalke, the current key figures are Amine Harit, who has netted six goals and provided four assists. The midfielder Suat Serdar and the Belgian forward, Benito Raman are some other notable ones in the team. Each has scored five and four goals, plus two assists for the latter one.
VfL Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04 Prediction
It is expected to be an even match. However, a triumphant win against Gladbach might boost the host confidence to carry on their impressive result. Max Arnold and Co could seal another three points here considering the home advantage, more players on the injury table on the visitor’s side plus inconsistent form of Alexander Nubel and Co in their away fixtures.
The host’s stunning result last week seems to give a boost to their odds among the punters. They are backed to win at 6/4 here, slightly higher than the draw result at 12/5. David Wagner’s men are only projected to win at 15/7 despite being on a better position on the table.
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