Wolfsburg v Werder Bremen – Volkswagen Arena at 17:00 GMT live at BT Sport
Wolfsburg cemented their place in the top six with an impressive performance in a 3-0 victory at Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday, the club’s 100th away win in the Bundesliga. The Wolves once again put in a purposeful display on the road and were absolutely clinical, making the most of their only real chances.
Bruno Labbadia’s charges were solid at the back and recovered well from a couple of minor individual errors, while goalkeeper Koen Casteels proved unbeatable as the last line of defence. The victory leaves the Green-Whites on course for European qualification next season.
The result extended Wolfsburg’s unbeaten run to four (W3-D1-L0) as Labbadia named an unchanged VfL line-up for the third straight game. The Wolves responded by scoring at least three goals for the third time in as many league games through Yannick Gerhardt and supersub Admir Mehmedi.
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However, it was defensively where VFL excelled. Despite coming under intense pressure, a stubborn backline display, marshalled by a commanding performance by John Brooks led the 2009 Bundesliga champions to a surprise success and moves Wolfsburg to within four points of the Champions League places.
Wolves in fine form
Since the November international break, Wolfsburg have bagged W8-D2-L2 to rocket up the Bundesliga standings. Following a rocky start to the season, Labbadia’s troops have also found their feet at the Volkswagen Arena, collecting 10 points from a possible 15 (W3-D1-L1) in that same sample.
There’s an impressive efficiency in this team. Wout Weghorst leads the scoring charts, but the whole squad have chipped in with important contributions in the final-third and the Wolves have only failed to find the back of the net in four of their 23 outings in 2018/19. In eight of their last 11, they notched at least twice.
And whilst Wolfsburg have recorded six shutouts in that aforementioned 12-game hot-streak, I’m happy to support a goal-heavy game when Werder Bremen arrive at the Volkswagen Arena with Over 2.5 Goals trading at 1.80 on Sunday. It’s a selection that’s already paid out in 16/23 (70%) of Wolfsburg’s outings.
Bremen are the only German top-flight team to score in every game this season and with the northerners managing to silence their opponents on only four occasions this term, a chunky 19 of those matches have paid out for Both Teams To Score backers, whilst Werder’s games are averaging 3.13 goals.
Florian Kohfeldt’s men are unbeaten since the winter break (W2-D4-L0) and have avoided defeat in their last four away days. A disappointing display saw Bremen held to a 1-1 draw by Stuttgart last time out and Davy Klaassen is rated doubtful for this weekend; even so the visitors have plenty of capable alternatives that can step up and contribute to what should be an enjoyable encounter.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.800
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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