Wolfsburg welcomes Borussia Dortmund to the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Wolfsburg leapfrogged Freiburg in the Europa League race with its stoppage-time win over Augsburg last weekend. They need to remain consistent if they want to keep that position as Freiburg and Schalke are just two points behind them for the final Europa League slot.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund remains in the title hunt as they are just four points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table. Dortmund needs to keep their focus because a slip up here will give the seven-time champions a comfortable lead heading to the homestretch.
Wolfsburg recorded their sixth straight unbeaten game last weekend as they picked up a 2-1 victory away from home against Augsburg in their first match since the season was suspended.
Reserve Daniel Ginczek scored the game-winning goal in the 91st minute after Augsburg’s Tin Jedjav canceled Renato Steffen’s opening half goal for Wolfsburg. Die looked good against Augsburg, controlling 61% of ball possession. The team had four shots on goal and had one free-kick while completing 81% of their passes.
Wolfsburg has scored a total of 36 goals on the season while allowing a total of 31 goals on their net. They now have a total of 39 points and they are in 6th place, holding the final Europa League seat ahead of SC Freiburg, Schalke 04, and TSG Hoffenheim.
Wout Weghorst leads Wolfsburg with a total of 11 goals on the season. Midfielders Renato Steffen and Maximilian Arnold have scored 5 and 3 goals, respectively. Arnold leads the team with five assists while forward Josip Brekalo has four helpers as well as three goals scored.
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Borussia Dortmund looked very good in their first match after the suspension. Dortmund blanked Schalke 04 4-0 even if they played without team captain Marco Reus, Axel Witsel, Emre Can, and Jadon Sancho who was a late scratch.
Dortmund looked solid on both ends of the field. They had 59% of possession time and had four shots on target plus four free kicks while completing 85% of their passes. Young star Erling Braut Haaland opened the scoring in the first half while Raphael Guerreiro found the back of the net twice in the second half and Thorgan Hazard scoring once.
They solidified their hold of second place in the Bundesliga table with 52 points earned. They are four points behind leaders Bayern Munich and still have a chance to catch up. Borussia Dortmund has scored a total of 72 goals this term while conceding only 33 goals to their opponents.
Sancho leads the team with 14 goals and 15 assists this season while forward Marco Reus has 11 goals and five assists. Erling Haaland has scored a total of 10 goals in only nine matches played. Among these three, only Haaland played for Dortmund but despite that, they won the game rather easily with goalkeeper Roman Burki needing no interventions.
Wolfsburg has a good team and they are playing attacking football right now. They need to be consistent the rest of the way because four teams are hot on their trail, wanting to take away that final Europa League slot.
Die Wolfie needs to improve at home as they have only picked up a total of four victories in 13 home matches played this season. They only have one win in their last five home matches with their only win coming at the expense of lowly Mainz.
Dortmund may be playing the most exciting soccer in all of Germany but they’ve had too many draws which have cost them the chance to catch up with Bayern Munich. They missed six stars last weekend but their deep and versatile squad allowed them to walk away unscathed.
Last week’s win was Dortmund’s 8th in their last nine Bundesliga matches. In six out of their last eight games played, Dortmund won at both half-time and full-time. They have also looked good on defense as they have kept a clean slate in five out of their last seven matches.
These teams have played in a total of 45 times in the Bundesliga. Dortmund has won 26 times while Wolfsburg has 9 wins and these teams have played to a draw in 10 other head to head meetings.
Borussia Dortmund has won five out of their last six head to head matches and they have kept a clean slate in each of their last six meetings against Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg has struggled to play at home this season while Borussia Dortmund has too much talent on their roster right now. They are missing many key players but as we saw in their last match, they have role players who can step in while the regulars are out.
I’m picking Borussia Dortmund over Wolfsburg because they have dominated this matchup historically and they have more quality on their lineup.
Prediction: Hoffenheim (+116)
Dortmund has outscored Wolfsburg 24-3 in their last nine meetings, with eight wins over that period. Wolfsburg has not scored in each of their last six head to head meetings while Dortmund has scored two or more goals in five out of their last six victories.
Prediction: Bet on No on “Both Teams to Score” at +125 at Bet365. I think this is going to be another scoreless outing for Wolfsburg against this talented Dortmund squad.