Preview and Prediction
Wolfsburg’s official fixture this season starts earlier this week due to their Europa League qualification. This might give an impact to their physical fitness for the opening match of Bundesliga 2020/21 when they play host to Bayer Leverkusen. It is expected to be a tight clash as both will certainly be aiming for maximum points.
The teams’ updated news
Die Wolfe focuses on signing youngsters this season with the arrival of the 18-year old Bartosz Bialek and 20-year old Maxence Lacroix. They also recalled their loanees such as Yunus Malli, Jeffrey Bruma and released Felix Uduokhai, Marcel Tisserand and Robin Knoche this summer.
Their counterpart, Bayer Leverkusen might gain profit from the sale of Kai Havertz to Chelsea and Kevin Volland to Monaco. However, their departure seem to be not well-covered by their new signings. AS Roma’s Patrick Schick might be a good replacement for a lone striker but not versatile forwards such as Havertz and Volland. In fact, they tend to focus on recalling their notable loanee such as Tim Jedvaj from Augsburg, Joel Pohjanpato from Hamburg and Panagiotis Retsos who was sent on loan to Sheffield United.
Since the squad does not change much, Oliver Glasner might employ the same formation as last season, 4-4-1-1 with the transition to 4-4-2 or 3-4-1-2. The Dutch international Wout Weighorst is still the main forward. He is either paired up with Josip Brekalo or Denis Ginczek. Yet, a number of key figures, including the wing back Kevin Mbabu, Paulo Otavio, William and the Croatian centre back Mario Pongracic, will miss out this match due to their injury.
With the loss of Havertz and Volland, Pieter Bosz might need to find proper replacement for his offensive 3-4-3 formation or the standard 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. Patrick Schick seems perfect option for the frontman but he does not adapt well yet, there is always Lucas Alario from the bench. On both wings, luckily Bosz’s squad has been full of potential youngsters such as Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey or even Florian Wirtz. Only Paulinho is in the sideline for this fixture.
Players to watch
Wolfsburg’s captain Max Arnold will remain the anchor in the midfield. He will gain support from Renato Steffen and Joao Victor who are likely to take over Kevin Mbabu’s and Paulo Otavio’s role. Another notable key man in this upcoming match is the Croatian versatile Josip Brekalo.
The young Frenchman, Moussa Diaby and the Argentine Exequiel Palacios should step up for the playmaking role as well as the creative midfielder/ scorer which was once Havertz’. Some other vital figures to watch are Kerem Demirbay and Karim Bellarabi and the senior Lars Bender.
Wolfsburg vs Leverkusen Prediction
Oliver Glasner’s men’s ambition to have better campaign this season might not be easy considering their relatively same squad as last season. However, the chance to win in the first match here is wide open as Leverkusen might take some time to adapt with the departure of their star. A narrow win seems quite plausible here.
According to the punters, Wolfsburg’s odds to win are at 2.90, whereas Charles Aranguiz and Co are backed to win at 2.45. The draw result is at the value of 3.35.