After four Bundesliga defeats in a row, Wolfsburg travels to play high-scoring Leverkusen with a new manager in charge in what should be a very close contest. You can bet live on Bundesliga using our sportsbook.
Leverkusen: Injury crisis
Leverkusen let us down last week, being the only losing pick from our European Longshot Parlay at +2000. They went two goals up at halftime against FC Koln and they seemed to be in control. They were very close on scoring the third goal but, unfortunately, they conceded two second-half goals and were held to a 2-2 draw.
There was more bad news for Leverkusen with top striker Patrik Schick getting helped off the pitch with an injury late in the game. On top of that, super creative forward Moussa Diaby was booked and will be suspended. Basically, they will be without two of the three players from their superb attacking trio.
Paulinho and Lucas Alario will join Florian Wirtz in the attacking line. Karim Bellarabi also got injured against FC Koln, so Gerardo Seoane was forced to replace him with 21-year-old French winger Amine Adli. He’s a very talented player and we expect him to shine and maybe offer some good assists.
Leverkusen is still sitting fourth in the standings with 17 points earned in nine games and has one of the most prolific attacks in the league with 23 goals scored. Given their injury issues you can get them at -105 on the moneyline with the latest soccer odds.
When Leverkusen is playing, you can always expect goals. We’ve seen over 2.5 goals in seven of their last eight domestic league games so this is always a good bet for your soccer picks and parlays.
Wolfsburg: New Coach
Wolfsburg has sacked head coach Mark van Bommel after just 13 games in charge. With him, Wolfsburg, which finished fourth in the standings last season and qualified in the Champions League, averaged 1.15 points per game, very poor for the club’s expectations and objectives. We’ve made good profit fading them across all competitions, but this is a good moment to rethink our strategy.
The team moved fast to replace him with former Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt, who signed a two-year deal with the Wolves. He has a reputation for giving youth a chance but, given his recent record with Werder, we don’t believe this is a good signing. He got relegated with Werder last season, finishing 17th in the standings and the third worst defense with 57 goals conceded in 34 games.
For the first time in history, a German club had lost to an Austrian club in the Champions League, with Salzburg dominating Wolfsburg last week. Next, the visitors lost 2-0 to Freiburg, never being in the game. It’s true, they also have big injury problems and they will be without many key players for this game.
Strikers Wout Weghorst and Luca Waldschmidt and, midfielders Xaver Schlager, Felix Nmecha and Aster Vranckx are all out with injuries. They have enough talented players to replace the midfield line, but they will again struggle in the final third as they are missing their most important strikers.
Leverkusen vs Wolfsburg Betting Picks
We don’t expect much from Wolfsburg’s new coach. He needs time to implement his tactics and on top of that he must cope with all the injury issues. Normally you would expect a reaction from the players after a coach replacement, but Wolfsburg looks disjointed and out of form. If you’re betting online, you can find Wolfsburg at +300 on the moneyline.
On the other side, Leverkusen, despite missing their attacking core, have enough players on the bench to strike back. Paulinho and Lucas Alario are great players and we expect them to deliver and win this game for their team.