Wolfsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf
Competition: Germany Bundesliga
Date: 16 March 2019
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Two weeks ago, Wolfsburg’s chances of finishing in the top six looked great. One point from two matches since then, combined with back-to-back wins for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, have left them 7th, three points behind 6th-placed Leverkusen. It should be mentioned that after last weekend’s 6-0 humiliation at Bayern Munich, coach Bruno Labbadia made known that he won’t be working at Wolfsburg the day after the end of the season. Casteels, William, Knoche, Brooks, Roussillon, Gerhardt, Guilavogui, Arnold, Mehmedi, Weghorst, Brekalo, these should be the first 11. Klaus and Steffen dealt with a stomach problem earlier in the week, but they should be available to play. Azzaoui, Camacho and Ginczek are out, injured.
Fortuna Dusseldorf had celebrated back-to-back wins over Nurnberg (at home) and Schalke (away) before hosting Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, hopeful that they could earn point(s) against a top six side. Reality proved… harsh; 0-3 defeat, with two of those three goals coming in added time(!). That wasn’t all… Dawid Kownacki got injured, and is expected to stay sidelined for several weeks. Interestingly, when Fortuna hosted Wolfsburg in the first round, they were sitting at the bottom of the table, looking top favorites to get relegated. Look at them now, sitting 11th in the table, not worrying about relegation. If there are no late surprises, they will start with Rensing, Zimmermann, Ayhan, Kaminski, Gießelmann, Stöger, Sobottka, Fink, Lukebakio, Karaman and Raman. On the other hand, Drobny, Ducksch, Kownacki and Zimmer are out. The day before the game, Contento was considered doubtful.
Previous five matches:
Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg 6-0
Wolfsburg vs Werder Bremen 1-1
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Wolfsburg 0-3
Wolfsburg vs Mainz 3-0
Freiburg vs Wolfsburg 3-3
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3
Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-4
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Nurnberg 2-1
Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart 3-0
Wolfsburg’s next game is at Borussia Dortmund, in two weeks. Fortuna will be hosting Gladbach after the international break (both Bundesliga matches).
Wolfsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf: Head to head Stats
Wolfsburg haven’t hosted Fortuna since 2013. Back then, they drew 1-1. Before that, they hadn’t hosted them since 1994 (3-1).
Wolfsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf: Prediction
I expect Wolfsburg to bounce back, win the game, stay close to the top six spots.
Wolfsburg vs Fortuna Dusseldorf: Betting Tips
Wolfsburg’s victory pays 1.83. For more than that, I would try the same combined with “over 1.5”, at 2.17.