Wolfsburg – Holstein Kiel Prediction & Picks (17.05.2018)

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The Wolfsburg and Holstein Kiel formations meet at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg in a first leg of the play-off to the Bundesliga. The history of direct confrontations between the two teams favors Wolfsburg: in the 40 matches played, the home team won 19 wins, 9 draws and 12 defeats. In the last game played in this stadium, in 1992, Wolfsburg beat Holstein Kiel 6-0.

Wolfsburg:

The home team comes to this game with a victory over the last classified, Cologne, by 4-0, returning in this way to the triumphs after four consecutive games without beating. It is important to remember that Wolfsburg finished the German championship in 16th place, with 33 points, the result of 6 wins, 15 draws and 13 defeats. Due to this, the team managed to access the maintenance play-off of the maximum step of German football.

In the 17 matches played in this stadium for the championship, it is possible to verify that the team led by Bruno Labbadia scored an average of 1.4 goals and suffered 1.5 goals per game, showing some weaknesses in both sectors. It is important to emphasize that the period in which the team scores more goals is between the 76 ‘and the 90’, when scored by 10 times.

In this game against the fans the coach must use the usual 4-3-3, benefiting possession of the ball and the organized attacks: Yunus Malli is one of the responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. On the other hand, the German Daniel Didavi is the best marker of the premises, with 9 goals scored. For this game the coach does not count on Camacho, Jung, Bazoer, Mehmedi, Tisserand and Jaeckel, all due to injury.

Holstein Kiel:

The Holstein Kiel left for this game with a home win over Braunschweig, 6-2, totaling the third consecutive game without tasting the bitter taste of defeat. It should be noted that the visitors finished the second Germanic division in third place, with 56 points, the result of 14 wins, 14 draws and 6 losses. To remember that the team could have gained direct access to the Bundesliga, however, had a very irregular end of the season.

In the 17 games played away from home in the German second division, coach Markus Anfang’s team scored an average of 2.1 goals and suffered 1.5 goals per game, showing huge offensive competition. It is important to underline that the best period of Holstein Kiel is between the 61 ‘and the 75’, when he scored 12 goals.

Normally the visiting coach presents on the field a cautious team, aligned in 4-3-3, with Seydel being the most fixed player on the attack front. On the other hand, Marvin Ducksch is the great highlight of this formation, with 18 goals and 11 assists. We emphasize that the visitors have presented several gaps in the maintenance of possession of the ball and in the defensive transition. For this game the coach can count on all his players.


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