Preview: Wolfsburg v Bayern München

Saturday’s match-up between struggling Wolfsburg and leaders FC Bayern München is a tale of two sides with vastly contrasting fortunes in the Bundesliga this season.

Bundesliga
29 April 2017
Game week 31
Kickoff: 18:30 (GMT+2)
Venue: Volkswagen Arena

Referee: F. Zwayer
Assistants: T. Schiffner, M. Borsch
Fourth officials: T. Siewer

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Wolfsburg 45 5 5 35
Bayern 45 35 5 5

Previous encounter:

Bayern München 1-0 Wolfsburg (07/02/2017) Bundesliga

Bayern scorer: Douglas Costa (18′)

Players to watch:

In a season of struggle for Wolfsburg, veteran striker Mario Gómez has been one of the bright spots. The current campaign, in which the Wolves are fighting for their lives, with 15 goals in all competitions, the 31-year-old will no doubt want to show his former team he still has the qualities to be one of Germany’s most lethal forwards.

With just one goal in his last three matches coming from the penalty spot, Robert Lewandowski will want to help Bayern arrest a slump that has seen his side fail to win in their last five matches. And with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the scoring charts, it is added motivation for Lewandowski to be fired up for Wolfsburg.

Team form and manager quotes:

Wolfsburg come into this match in 14th place, just a point clear of the relegation places, having lost three and won one of their last four league games; losing 1-0 to Hertha BSC last time out.

Bayern still lead the standings by eight points, over RB Leipzig, but are without a win in five, that includes two Champions League games, a DFB-Pokal loss and two league draws, against Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz 05.

Wolfsburg need points in their battle for survival, but coach Andries Jonker feels they will be up against a Bayern side keen to bounce back. He told reporters: “Objectively speaking, I think the luckier side (in the DFB Pokal Cup semi-final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern) won. I don’t know if it will have any impact on Saturday but the fact is Bayern could have won all of their recent (Bundesliga) games and they are as good as they have always been.”

Meanwhile, Bavarians coach Carlo Ancelotti bemoaned his team’s poor luck in the clash with Dortmund but has set his sights on winning the league. He said: “Our mistake was to squander our chances. We lacked balance in the second half. It’s too early to draw a conclusion to the season. We still have four matches and want to win the Bundesliga.”

Team news:

For Wolfsburg, Yunus Malli has not trained since Wednesday, but is expected to play.

Hummels, meanwhile, picked up a knock for Bayern against Dortmund and may not feature.

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