The Wolves look to derail Dortmund's title bid
Two of last Saturday’s victors go head-to-head at the same time this weekend, with in form Wolfsburg hosting free-scoring Borussia Dortmund. Both sides are firmly within the top four of the form table for the last five matches, with Lucien Favre’s BVB topping the standings for that time period. Oliver Glasner’s hosts edged a tightly fought encounter last time, snatching a 2-1 win in Augsburg thanks to Daniel Ginczek’s 91st minute tap in. The second placed visitors are comfortable favourites to get the win as is the strength of their attacking contingent in recent matches, however having made their way into the Europa League qualification spots last weekend the Wolves will ensure they face a tougher test than the Revier Derby.
Last time out
Starting off with the hosts and their last gasp victory. They so nearly went behind entering the closing exchanges, conceding from a Philipp Max set piece for what would have been the second time within 15 minutes if it was not for Florian Niederlechner interfering with play standing in an offside position. It was a very even affair and Kevin Mbabu’s pace and attacking talent from right-back proved to be the difference, the summer signing from Young Boys got to the byline and put it on a plate for Ginczek to seal the win. They also edged the expected goals battle 1.28-1.00.
Borussia Dortmund were the standout team of the weekend, showcasing their devastating pace, skill and clinical finishing in putting Schalke to the sword 4-0. They opened the scoring with one of the most eye-catching goals of the weekend, an audacious backheel from Julian Brandt found Thorgan Hazard in space down the right, he drilled in an immaculate first time low cross which was brilliantly finished by Erling Haaland to set them on their way. Such is there clinical nature they slammed home four from chances only equating to 1.3 xG.
Ones to watch
Brandt was one of the key performers picking up two assists and being influential taking up possession on the half turn and allowing the likes of Hazard and Haaland to express themselves. However, the plaudits went to man of the match Raphael Guerreiro for his brace and all-round display. The Portuguese wingback has been overshadowed at times by the productivity of Achraf Hakimi on the opposite flank, but this was Guerreiro’s turn and what an impact he made. Two excellent strikes from his left boot added the second and fourth goals to top off the rout, the 26-year-old has now contributed seven goals and two assists from left wingback in the Bundesliga, compared to just the four finishes from the Real Madrid loanee.
It was a combination of the Wolfsburg fullbacks that got them over the line, although they are predominantly deployed in a back four. Paulo Otavio got the first lay on for Renato Steffen’s incredible header from near the edge of the box, but Mbabu was the star man, a constant threat down the right and getting the assist for the winner. He achieved a WhoScored rating of 8.5 and is sure to push back Guerreiro in Saturday’s mouth-watering encounter.
In an attacking sense Dortmund are just too powerful, but they will not have it so easy this weekend.
Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund Betting Tip
Borussia Dortmund Draw No Bet + Over 2.5 goals with 888sport at odds of 6/5 or 2.20.