Matchday 28 of Bundesliga will be a crucial one for Wolfsburg. Despite being on the sixth of the table, they are still threatened by at least three contenders below them, Freiburg, Schalke and Hoffenheim. This weekend will be another tough one for Oliver Glasner’s men after hosting Dortmund last week as they will be taking on one of the top performers in Bundesliga lately, Bayer Leverkusen.
Both teams’ previous matches
Bayer Leverkusen managed to climb to the third of the table after smashing their rival, Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 in Borussia Park last week. Kai Havertz once again was the hero with his brace. The host was able to equalise earlier in the second half by Marcus Thuram but Sven Bender’s header extended their lead eventually.
Wolfsburg, on the other hand, was back on difficulty on sealing a win while facing off the stronger side as Dortmund last week. They lost 0-2 as Dortmund’s two wing backs, Raphael Guerrero and Achraf Hakimi bagged a goal each. It was another disappointing result for Max Arnold and Co.
Peter Bosz has been more confident with 3-4-3 formation. The series of positive results since February are the solid proof. The trident Kai Havertz, Moussa Diaby and possibly Paulinho or Karim Bellarabi would be storming Wolfsburg’s defense line. They are even more dangerous with the midfield support led by the former Hoffenheim’s men, Kerem Demirbay. Unfortunately, their main striker, Kevin Volland, is sidelined due to his injury.
Oliver Glasner might need to modify his 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation he deployed last week to be able to close down Leverkusen’s forwards, contain them as well as strike back quickly at their defense line. 4-3-2-1 seems to be more suitable with two central midfielders moving wide, possibly Renato Steffen and Joao Victor when necessary by crossing the ball to their target man, Wout Weighorst or the swift attacking midfielders such as Josip Brekalo and Admir Mehmedi to pose a threat to their opponents.
Players to watch
In Leverkusen, Kai Havertz’s transformation to a deadly forward has been remarkable. He has netted thirteen goals and made seven assists in all competition this season. Some other key figures in the squad lately are Moussa Diaby, who has contributed four goals and seven assists and Kerem Demirbay with one goal and five assists.
Meanwhile, Wolfsburg’s top performers so far are the two wing backs, Kevin Mbabu and Paulo Otavio. Unfortunately, the latter one is injured and on the sideline. Yannick Gerhardt might be opted to take the left back role after Jerome Roussilon’s unsatisfactory form in the previous outing. Another notable key man is certainly the Dutch Wout Weighorst.
Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg Prediction
Considering the impressive form of Kai Havertz and Co lately, they should be able to secure three points easily here at home. Playing behind closed doors will not stop them from performing well. Kai Havertz might be scoring again and if he does, Wolfsburg will be in trouble.
The home side is the clear favourite for sure. They are backed to win at 1.73. Wolfsburg’s win market is only at 4.15, whereas the odds for the draw result are at 4.00.