Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
VFL Wolfsburg head to Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend for what should be an entertaining Bundesliga clash. The Wolves enjoyed a fantastic midweek result and should be full of confidence. Frankfurt, on the other hand, will be looking over their shoulders nervously after a draw with SC Freiburg did little to ease their lingering relegation anxieties. Here, we’ll preview the game for you and let you know where you can find the best betting value. Read on to find out all you need to know about this intriguing Bundesliga clash.
Oliver Glassner’s Wolfsburg team enjoyed a fine result in midweek. They won 4-1 at Bayer Leverkusen, ending their hosts’ six-match unbeaten run and tightening their grip on sixth place in the Bundesliga table. Marin Pongracic bagged a brace of goals, the Croat’s first in the Bundesliga, while Renato Steffen also struck his sixth of the season. All six of those goals have come in the second half of games. Maximilian Arnold scored the Wolves’ other goal. The win was a great way to bounce back from the 2-0 weekend defeat at home to Dortmund.
Eintracht Frankfurt ended their two-game losing run in midweek when they drew 3-3 with SC Freiburg at home. The Eagles began that game brightly, but found themselves 3-1 down after 69 minutes. Substitute Timothy Chandler saved a point for Adi Hutter’s team, though. The American international came off the bench in the second half to score an 82nd minute goal that tied things up at 3-3. Daichi Kamada had earlier reduced the deficit to 3-2. The draw was certainly an improvement from the Eagles’ previous outing at the weekend. That saw Eintracht hammered 5-2 away at Bayern Munich. Conceding goals is an issue for Hutter’s team.
Out of the last 14 meetings between these sides, Wolfsburg have won eight and Eintracht just three. There have been three draws. That history suggests that the Wolves should be favourites for this game, and William Hill agree. They have the Wolves priced at 1.95 on the 1X2 market for this game, with the visitors at 3.70. The draw is also 3.70, which gives you an idea of just how much the bookies fancy the home side for this game.
The Wolves have won two of the first three league games since the Bundesliga resumed, both of them away from home. They resumed the campaign with a 2-1 win at Augsburg, before losing at home to high-flying Dortmund. They will want a good result on home ground this weekend, even though the stadium will be empty of spectators. A victory would help them tighten their grip on sixth spot, and also close the gap on Leverkusen, who are currently in fifth, 11 points ahead of the Wolves.
Recent results suggest that Frankfurt have a real problem with keeping clean sheets. In the three games since the Bundesliga restarted, the Eagles have conceded 11 goals. That kind of defensive weakness could yet see them slip fully into the relegation battle at the bottom of the table. They are currently only five points clear of 16th placed Fortuna Dusseldorf, and a run of defeats could see them fighting for their Bundesliga survival.
The three goals that Eintracht scored against Freiburg showed at least that they know how to find the opponent’s net, even if they’re not great at defending their own. This team have a tendency to fold, so the resolve they showed earlier this week will also cheer coach Hutter. But the onus is also on him now to tighten up the team defensively. If they can do that, they definitely have the firepower to climb the table and ease any lingering relegation worries. Whether they can is another issue. If they concede early in the game, it could turn into a rout with the home side running riot.
The Wolves are clear favourites for this game, and we can’t see any other outcome than a win for Oliver Glassner’s men. One thing that we have noticed about Frankfurt is that they tend to score goals, even in defeat. So our suggested tip for this game, which comes courtesy of William Hill, is for Wofsburg to win and both teams to score. William Hill are offering a price of 3.30 on this outcome, which looks pretty good value to us. Our prediction is that Glassner’s team will triumph 3-1, and generate more momentum for a strong finish to the season.