Professionals | 15/12/2017

Match Preview: VfL Wolfsburg

FC chasing first win

1. FC Köln host VfL Wolfsburg in the last home fixture of 2017. This will be the final opportunity for FC to pick up a league win in the 2017/18 season before the winter break.

It was not long ago that VfL Wolfsburg was one of the top teams in the Bundesliga. The 2014/15 saw Wolfsburg end the league in second place and crowned the champions of the DFB-Pokal. Playing a major part in the success was that season’s player of the year, Kevin de Bruyne. Fast forward to present times and Wolfsburg is a team in the bottom half of the table. The Belgian playmaker is long gone and Wolfsburg no longer have the difference maker to carry them to the top. Players like Daniel Didavi, Yunus Malli, and Mario Gomez have not shown the type of dominance that was showcased by de Bruyne.

VfL Wolfsburg find themselves in 12th place following sixteen league matches. A standing that is far from safe of the relegation zone. Wolfsburg will surely come to the RheinEnergieSTADION on Saturday with the hopes of taking home all three points. The key players for Wolfsburg are the 27-year-old Didavid and Belgian striker Divock Origi, who is on loan from Liverpool FC. The two have combined for 9 of the 21 goals scored by the team this season.

FC looking for first win

1. FC Köln will enter its second successive match without a true striker. The 0-1 loss in Munich against defending champions saw right-back Lukas Klünter start up top on his own. The 21-year-old put on a passionate display and even got close to grabbing the equalizer late in the match, only to be denied by the strong hands of goalkeeper Tom Starke. The good news for FC is that Marco Höger will make his long awaited return to the team. Although it does not solve FC’s injury crisis with goal scorers, Höger is a veteran and experienced presence for what is currently a very young squad.

Match Details

  • Kick off against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday is scheduled for 15:30.
  • Benjamin Brand will be the senior referee.
  • Last season’s match against VfL Wolfsburg at the RheinEnergieSTADION ended in a 1-0 win for FC.
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PL. Team Pt.
13 Hertha BSC 22
14 1. FC Köln 20
15 1. FSV Mainz 05 18

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