With the Bundesliga making what is a much-welcomed return to action behind closed doors this weekend, Wolfsburg will be looking to keep up another European charge when they make the trip to a downbeat Augsburg on Saturday afternoon.
Although a worrying start to the New Year may have started to panic some in Wolfsburg’s camp, Die Wölfe found themselves enjoying an eye-catching run prior to the unexpected break and will be hoping to start off where they finished in March.
On the flip side, while Saturday’s guests might be in the midst of a six-match Bundesliga unbeaten run, Augsburg will be hoping that a return to action might bring them some much-needed performances.
Along with losing each of their last three top-flight matches on the bounce, the hosts have failed to win any of their last five appearances and also hold a worrying record against Wolfsburg.
Including what was an embarrassing 8-1 hammering when they faced off against Oliver Glasner’s side last season, Augsburg have failed to win any of their last four matchups against Die Wölfe. You might be interested to know that a Wolfsburg victory this weekend can be found priced at 13/10 with Coral for Saturday afternoon.
Augsburg’s defensive headache
While a stellar start to the New Year may have had Augsburg believing that they too could mount a shock European charge, Saturday’s hosts are a side drastically searching for a boost in morale.
Hit with a 2-0 defeat against defending champions Bayern Munich prior to the break, Heiko Herrlich’s men have lost their last three Bundesliga appearances on the bounce and have a reputation for some rather glaring issues at the back.
Remarkably recording just a sole top-flight victory since opening 2020, Augsburg have failed to record a single clean sheet across any format in their previous nine outings and no side outside the drop zone holds a worse defensive tally.
In fact, along with shipping seven goals on their three-match losing run, including a 3-2 defeat at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the hosts have now conceded at least a pair of goals in six of their last eight domestic outings.
You might be interested to know that a struggling Augsburg can be found priced at 11/10 with 888sport to once again ship over 1.5 goals this weekend.
Wolfsburg’s European charge
Opening the Bundesliga return just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-six and helped with Schalke facing off against bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund this weekend, Wolfsburg should be looking at Saturday as a real opportunity to start off where they left March.
Picking up an impressive point against Champions League outfit RB Leipzig prior to the break, Head Coach Oliver Glasner finds his side in the midst of a seven-match Bundesliga unbeaten run, their brightest run since the end of October.
If Wolfsburg are to mark their return with three points and extend on their stellar record against Saturday’s hosts, then Glasner will be calling for Yannick Gerhardt to help fill the void left by the suspended Wout Weghorst.
Unable to call upon their Dutch marksman this weekend, Gerhardt’s eye-catching displays prior to the break saw him credited with playing a huge part in Wolfsburg’s European charge.
Including bagging back-to-back goals on the road, the 26-year-old has three strikes in his last five matchups across all competitions and can be found priced at 5/1 with Bet365 to extend on that tally this weekend.