We travel to Wolfsburg this Tuesday for some fun midweek Bundesliga action. After scoring a total of 12 goals in our past two games the whole team definitely feels good about taking on Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg has had a rough start to the season winning their first game against Augsburg 2-0 then tying their next two games against Cologne and Hoffenheim.
It’s not hard to pinpoint where Wolfsburg's struggles come from. Using a striker who’s 31 is probably a good place to start, especially since they don’t have much in the way of a backup for that striker. While Mario Gomez was effective in the Turkish League he has yet to find his Bundesliga legs yet. Also BVB fan favorite Jakub Blaszczykowski has been starting for Wolfsburg at right midfield and right back. While Kuba was a great player for years, he doesn't have much pace anymore and it shows whens hes playing. Its rare for a player on the wings to play as long as Kuba has at his level which is a great thing for him but an ill omen for Wolfsburg's season. To end my little rip apart Wolfsburg parade their Centre Backs aren’t great with Bruma and Wollscheid probably starting.
But Wolfsburg also has some quality players left from their past successful years. Julian Draxler and Daniel Caligiuri are dangerous playmakers and have the ability to really screw with Weigl and Bartra if they aren't carefull. Also expect Ricardo Rodriguez to make the right side of the field tough for BVB to defend. I really wish he was sold to the EPL this summer. Also Wolfsburg are generally a very good team in the Volkswagen arena, which will definitely give us problems.
As for BVB, our injuries are Reus, Schurrle, Durm and Neven with everyone else expected to be available. After a really good week, hopefully we can keep the momentum going, especially since we kept Aubameyang fresh for this game. Hopefully we get to see more Raph this game after a spectacular showing in both games last week. As long as we play a solid defensive game, our counter atacking should have too much problems dealing with a relatively older Wolfsburg team. Also if Kagawa starts this will be a very important game for him. He has been very cold this season after having a long dry spell last season as well. If things don't pick up for him he will start to have more trouble getting into a very competitive squad. But Shinji still has years at his peak to go hopefully so it shouldn't come to that.
Here is BVB’s semi-reliable predicted lineup tweet
While it’s almost never perfect for either team lets hope we don’t line up in a 4-1-4-1 as we don't usually do to well in it. If Ilkay was still in the center I’d say the 4-1-4-1 is an ok move at certain points during the game, but here it seems we are just asking to get killed through the middle of the field. Let’s hope that’s not the case.
Good luck boys let's grab the 3 points!