Our football expert has two tips for Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt.
Wolfsburg’s outstanding demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday—which came as something of a shock result to some—has put them firmly in the driving seat to secure European football for next season.
They welcome an Eintracht Frankfurt side now seriously threatened by relegation, although their brilliant comeback to salvage a point against Freiburg could well be crucial in the long run.
Defensively, Frankfurt look absolutely appalling, conceding 11 goals in their three games post-lockdown, and it’s hard to see Adi Hutter tightening his side up with only seven games remaining. His best hope looks to be out-scoring opponents, a little like they almost did against Freiburg.
In fairness to Frankfurt, they really should have won on Tuesday, but for a blinding performance by opposition goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, whose string of brilliant saves kept his side afloat for much of the content, and allowing them to take advantage of the inevitable Frankfurt lapses.
Wolfsburg haven’t been particularly free-scoring this season, which is why the four goals they stuck past Leverkusen came as something of a surprise, but it’s their defence, which has conceded just 34 goals, that I’ve been most impressed with.
They’re the sort of miserly side who will have the ability to repel much of Frankfurt’s attacking threat, while still possessing the firepower to punish their leaky defence – particularly in the shape of 11-goal Wout Weghorst.
Home wins have been few and far between since the Bundesliga’s return, but I’m still backing a Wolfsburg win here. It seems like Frankfurt will have to rely on sides being as charitable at the back as they are to secure points, but Wolfsburg won’t be so obliging, which is why I can only see one result.
The aforementioned Weghorst is clearly a big goal threat or Wolfsburg, but I didn’t particularly like the price for him to score at any time.
Instead, I like the look of Renato Steffen to find the net at any time, priced at 13/5.
The Swiss is Wolfsburg’s second-top scorer this season with six goals, and comes into this came on the back of scoring twice in three games.
I’d be surprised if Wolfsburg don’t score a couple on Saturday, and if they do, expect Steffen to be in the mix.