Everton will look forward to book their place in the next Europa League stage, as they travel to Wolfsburg for the return leg of a group H clash that might give the group a new leader. The visitors crushed Wolfsburg in the first leg with 4-1, but that does not guarantee them the same result at Volkswagen Arena.
Wolfsburg are currently placed second in Bundesliga, seven points behind the leaders, and come from an unexpected defeat against Schalke, where they were down three goals but ended up scoring two showing a lot of character. The loss put an end to Wolfsburg’s unbeaten 10-matches run, which is why the Wolves are expected to put up twice the fight. Roberto Martinez is likely to put up a defensive approach that might hinder Wolfsburg’s attempts to make up for that first defeat.
Everton are on the 9th place in Premier League, and come from a 2-1 win over West Ham. Roberto Martinez’ job would be to mark, Olic, Bendtner, Perisic and De Bruyne to avoid any danger to their first place in the group. Tim Howard is where Everton draw their strength for such good Premier League results, but they will have to do without Naismith who picked up an injury during the weekend. Baines is still out, but Everton’s ever increasing list of injuries includes: Oviedo, McGeady and Gibson. For Wolfsburg Rodriguez and Vierinha are under doubt of making the squad.
Lukaku is also coming back to his goalscoring ways, and at home they do look most solid, but statistics show Everton remained unbeaten in their last three away games against Bundesliga clubs. A win will offer the ticket to the next round, which is why both teams are expected to double their efforts. Wolfsburg are averaging at least two goals per game which is why over 2.5 goals has 1.67 odds with William Hill. The bookmaker gives Wolfsburg 1.83 odds to win, Everton 4.20, and the headline offers for both teams are: Olic to score and Wolfsburg to win with 4.00 odds, and Barkley to score and Everton to win with 11.00 odds. We are going to bet 5 units on both teams to score and Wolfsburg to win with 3.40 odds from the same bookie.
Wolfsburg: Team’s Formation
Everton: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Both teams to score and Wolfsburg to win