Second place meets 11th as Wolfsburg travel to Schalke in an attempt to shorten the distance between them and the Bundesliga leaders. Wolfsburg have six wins in a row in all competitions, while Schalke come from two consecutive defeats, one in Champions League at the hands of Sporting, and the second one against Freiburg who are placed on the 13th place.
Struggling in the second half of the table is something unusual for Schalke, but their form has been all over the place this season, as each win has been alternated with a loss. Dennis Aogo is suspended for the hosts while Farfan, Kolasinic, Giefer, Draxler and Goretzka will miss the match due to injuries. That will give Höwedes and most likely Kirchhoff the chance to play as Schalke’s center- back pairing. Since Roberto Di Matteo took over the team, Schalke won all their home matches, that in contrast with their away form, where they are unable to win since September.
Wolfsburg are not only the second placed Bundesliga team, they also have the second best attack Bundesliga has to offer, as they have scored 23 goals, 4 of which came from Olic, while Naldo, Caliguri, Perisic and Rodriguez have three goals each. In their last five away games they won twice, lost twice and had a draw against Hoffenheim. Ochs and Lopes will miss to injury but that does not hinder in any way Wolfsburg’s record of winning their last six Bundesliga matches. The visitors represent an impediment in Schalke’s way of reaching a Champions League spot, but both teams are rather unpredictable even if Wolfsburg display the better form at the moment.
The head to head record favors the hosts as in the last five meetings; Schalke won four of them, Wolfsburg latest win dates back to 2013. Any outcome is possible here, which is why Schalke were given 2.87 odds to win, Wolfsburg got 2.37 and a draw has 3.40 odds. Huntelaar to score has 2.50 odds, Choupo Moting 3.20, Ogbuke 3.30 and both Max Meyer and Sidney Sam have 3.50 odds to score anytime. For Wolfsburg Olic has 2.62 odds to score, Perisic 2.90 odds, while Hunt and Bendtner both have 3.10 odds. Considering both team’s offensive power we’re betting 8 units on over 3.5 goals with 2.65 odds from Ladbrokes.
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