Wolfsburg VS Borussia Dortmund Prediction
“Volkswagen-Arena” is set to host one of the midweek Bundeslgia encounters where in Tuesday evening local Wolfsburg will seek to end its goal drought against an ambitious Borussia Dortmund. This will be one of the most intriguing round four fixtures in the German Bundesliga as we have runner-ups of the past two seasons facing against each other and we traditionally observe high-scoring affairs when Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund are on the pitch. Their last fixture was in April when “The Black and Yellows” wrecked Wolfsburg with a 5-1 win at the “Signal-Iduna-Park” in Dortmund which has marked Thomas Tuchel’s double over Dieter Hecking.
Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund – Match Preview
“Die Borussen” arrive in Lower Saxony after scoring 12 goals in just two games sharing them in really “equitable manner” – first six of them were in their UEFA Champions League opener against Polish champions Legia Warsaw, while second portion of six goals was scored in Darmstadt 98’s net. Tremendous form by Borussia Dortmund after the wobbly beginning of season 2016-17, as Thomas Tuchel’s men have slipped in their previous Bundesliga outing – losing by newly promoted team RB Leipzig. Thus Borussia Dortmund must travel to Wolfsburg with one in mind and despite these 12 goals scored in past six days, BVB should be more concerned about the tricky win over Mainz 05 (2-1) in their Bundesliga opener, followed by the just mentioned defeat in Leipzig, where Dortmund were absolutely clueless.
“Wolves” from Wolfsburg are failing to show teeth after their two wins in the opening domestic rounds. Indeed, Wolfsburg are completely focused on German turf after their disappointing Bundesliga campaign last year and the respective 8th position, as Dieter Hecking’s men have started the new season with a DFB-Pokal outing against FSV Frankfurt. That game was won with 2-1 and it was followed by even more inspiring result – 2-0 in Augsburg, in Bundesliga’s opening leg. However, next two games have been highlighted with the negatives from lack of goals scored, but as well as from positives of keeping a clean sheet in three consecutive Bundesliga fixtures. Those were the main components shown by Wolfsburg in their relevant goalless draws against FC Köln and also vs Hoffenheim last weekend.
Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund – Prediction and Possible Lineups
Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund will step in the fourth midweek Bundesliga round with ambition of winning all the points and if “The Wolves” can rely on their home advantage, Dortmund’s inspiration comes by the terrific attacking display.
Dieter Hecking still can’t rely to the injured summer signing Daniel Didavi, which requires some rotations on the right flank of Wolfsburg’s formation. Vierinha will most likely preserve his position of right-back, meaning that Jakub Blaszczykowski will be move forward to a more attack-minded position again. Which is his main position actually.
Carlos Ascues, Sebastian Jung and Josuha Guilavogui are other long-term absentees of Wolfsburg and we can once again feature Luiz Gustavo in that list, as Brazilian central midfielder will hardly manage to recover on time, so we expect midfield duo between Yannick Gerhardt and Max Arnold. All other zones look predictable as biggest competition we can find is for the second centre-back spot, where Philipp Wollscheid and Robin Knoche compete who’ll start next to Jeffrey Bruma. Dutch central defender looks as the most solid defender of Wolfsburg so far but Wollscheid was also impressive in its debut against Hoffenheim, so we won’t be surprised if he wins another starting position.
In the away team we definitely have bigger competition and really balanced roster. Although Thomas Tuchel experiences some injury concerns (Neven Subotic, Erik Durm, Sven Bender and Marco Reus are all sidelined) as well, Borussia Dortmund owns very decent squad depth and this may open space for refreshment of the starting lineup.
Marc Bartra and Lukasz Piszczek were both defenders who were rested in the weekend and we expect them back in the squad, where Marcel Schmelzer can also be replaced on the left-back by Portuguese Euro 2016 champion Raphaël Guerreiro. Ousmane Dembele, Gonzalo Castro and Christian Pulisic have been fantastic as we expect them to start again, but rotations are also likely in midfield and on top of Dortmund’s attack.
Mario Götze is supposed to be credited with a chance from the outset, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace Adrián Ramos up front. Other players who are pushing for start are Sebastian Rode, Andre Schürrle, Emre Mor and Shinji Kagawa as you can see pure width of the selection which Thomas Tuchel is having, so he can rotate the players before upcoming Bundesliga weekend vs Freiburg, as well as for the upcoming Champions League night vs Real Madrid.
Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
The very first synonym which appears on our mind when we hear teams of Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, especially when they’re in same sentence, is the attacking mentality and all the great forwards they have.
We already wrote enough about Dortmund’s squad depth, but Wolfsburg are also waiting for the moment of Julian Draxler, Daniel Caligiuri and Mario Gomez, who are all keen to open their scoring accounts.
Considering fact we have at least 3 goals scored in 12 of their last 13 meetings, in 11 of which both teams have scored, we can’t skip current odds on “Both teams to score & Over 2.5 Goals“. We expect another match in spirit of their latest duels where both sides are eager to win, they’ll play open football and they’ll both score in a match which should will end with at least three goals scored.
Venue: “Volkswagen-Arena”, Wolfsburg.
Referee: Daniel Siebert.
Possible starting lineups of Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg: Koen Casteels – Vieirinha, Jeffrey Bruma, Philipp Wollscheid, Ricardo Rodríguez – Maximilian Arnold, Yannick Gerhardt – Jakub Blaszczykowski, Julian Draxler, Daniel Caligiuri – Mario Gomez. (4-2-3-1)
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Lukasz Piszczek, Sokratis, Marc Bartra, Raphaël Guerreiro – Julian Weigl – Ousmane Dembele, Mario Götze, Gonzalo Castro, Christian Pulisic – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (4-1-4-1)