Wolfsburg are hoping to preserve their place in the top tier of German football when they travel to take on Eintracht Braunschweig in the second leg of their Bundesliga play-off tie on Monday night.
The Wolves secured a vital victory from a tense tussle in last week’s first leg tie at Volkwagen Arena, with Germany international, Mario Gomez, scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Torsten Lieberknecht’s side failed to find the net in last week’s first leg tie and the Lions know that they will need to produce a much better performance if they are to stand any chance of moving into the top tier at the expense of Andries Jonker’s men.
Eintracht will hope to make home advantage count and bet365 offer 21/10 (3.10) that the team who ended the season in third place in the second tier of German football can turn the tie on its head with a victory in this one.
Wolfsburg, who were Bundesliga runners-up to Bayern Munich - as well as German Cup winners - just two years ago know that a draw will be enough to see them preserve their place in the top tier and 12/5 (3.40) is available that this tie ends level, with 5/4 (2.25) that the Wolves stay up in style by winning this one.
With so much at stake, this could be another tense, tight tussle and there is 7/10 (1.70) that there are fewer than three goals scored when these two teams meet, with 10/11 (1.91) that either side fails to find the net.
Lieberknecht’s team are unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches on home turf, with goals scored at both ends in five of those fixtures and the odds compilers go 10/11 (1.91) that both teams are on target here and 11/10 (2.10) that there are more than two goals scored when these teams go toe-to-toe.
Wolfsburg, however, were comfortable throughout the first leg of this tie and Jonker’s men are decent value to underline their superiority over the team from the second tier. The 5/4 (2.25) quote, therefore, for the Wolves to come out on top may well prove popular.
Better value, though, may lie in backing the visitors to keep a clean sheet. Lieberknecht’s Lions were toothless on Thursday and top scorer Dominick Kumbela could miss this match through injury after limping off after just a few minutes as a second half substitute in the first leg.
The 13/8 (2.63) quote on offer, therefore, for the hosts to fluff their lines in front of goal once again could provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Monday’s match.