Defending the vice-leadership of the German Championship in its 2017/2018 edition, Leipzig faces Wolfsburg on Tuesday 12 December. The game opens the schedule of the fifteenth round of the Bundesliga. It will be held from 15:30 (Brasília time) at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg’s recent performance
Alviverde has changed its level in the German Championship in recent seasons. With the reduction in the volume of investments of the automobile manufacturer that has its share control, it stopped being comfortably in the middle of the table to fight against the relegation.
After 15 completed days, he occupies the eleventh position. He reached 18 points (three wins, nine draws and three losses). The series of equalities – the highest among all Bundesliga clubs – has been enough to keep the team out of the relegation zone. The difference for Freiburg, which opens the region of the sticking in the sixteenth position, is three points.
The home campaign follows the same line. Wolfsburg have managed to score seven of their eight games in their arena. But it was only two wins. With five draws and one defeat, he is also the eleventh best boss in the Bundesliga.
Commanded by Swiss coach Martin Schimitd, the team has some medical questions for the match. They are undergoing injury treatment and are dependent on a new evaluation to know if defenders Marcel Tisserand (nine appearances in the German Championship 2017/2018, without a goal) and Sebastian Jung (without performances) may be available; the socks Jakub Blascykowski (seven games, one goal) and Ignacio Camacho (nine games, no goal); and striker Kaylen Hinds (a game, no goal).
The current form of Leipzig
After reaching the national runners-up in their first season in the elite division of the Bundesliga, Leipzig showed a drop in income having to divide between the German Championship and the Champions League. However, they are still in contention to stay in second place, which seems to be the best possible position since the multi-champion Bayern Munich will hardly fail to put another trophy in their collection.
On Saturday, December 9, Leipzig stumbled home. They were in the tie, by 2 to 2, with the Mainz. Still it remained in the vice-leadership. He has 27 points (eight wins, three draws and four losses). A further stumble on Tuesday could mean the loss of the position, as Schalke (26 points), Borussia Monchengladbach (25) and Bayer Leverkusen (24) can overtake him. Bayern, the leader, has 35 points.
This threat is even more real due to the low performance of Leipzig as a visitor. It is only the eighth best Bundesliga with ten points (three wins, one draw and four losses) accumulated from the 24 played.
What allows for an improvement in performance is the fact that the team can now focus on national competitions. The 2-1 defeat at home on 6 December eliminated Leipzig from the Champions League. Now, the team of the energy factory Red Bull will dispute, from February, the Europa League. They will face Napoli from Italy, who have also been eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League.
Coach Ralph Hasenhutti has three important medical questions for the match. The defender Dayotchanculle Upamecano (12 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, no goal) is handed over to the medical department; midfielder Marcel Sabitzer (11 matches, two goals); and striker Emil Forsberg (12 games, one goal). All are headlines. According to the German press, Sabitzer and Forsberg are likely to receive the green light and act on Tuesday.
History of the bouts between Wolfsburg and Leipzig
There were four matches involving the teams. Each team won twice. The previous season, who played away from home in the Bundesliga got the better. Both games ended with a score of 1 to 0.
Although it is oscillating much more than last season, the good technical quality of Leipzig makes the team be indicated as the best choice of guess for the confrontation of this Tuesday. Appears with a price of 2.30 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.60 and success of homeowners triples investment.