Wolfsburg will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bundesliga when they host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday at 2:30pm (UK time).
Mark van Bommel’s side are winless in their past two matches, while Gladbach have now won two of their past three Bundesliga games.
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Scoreline prediction: Wolfsburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
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Wolfsburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
After Oliver Glasner left for Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer, Wolfsburg appointed Van Bommel as their new manager, and the Dutchman got off to a good start in the Bundesliga. Under Van Bommel, Wolfsburg won each of their opening four matches and were the last Bundesliga team to be perfect, having beaten Bochum, Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig and Greuther Furth. However, a goalless draw with Lille in their opening Champions League group stage game kicked off a three-match winless run across all competitions, with another draw with Eintracht Frankfurt ending the perfect start to the Bundesliga. Last weekend, Wolfsburg lost for the first time in the league, beaten 3-1 by Hoffenheim away from home, so Van Bommel’s side will be looking to use Gladbach as a launchpad to get things back on track.
But they face a Gladbach side that will go into this game in high spirits after a big win last weekend. Also under new management in Adi Hutter (who came from Frankfurt, which led to Glasner leaving Wolfsburg), Gladbach were given a tough start to the 2021/22 campaign on paper, opening against defending champions Bayern Munich. Gladbach did take the lead in the Bundesliga season opener, and held on to a 1-1 draw, but that was followed by consecutive defeats to Bayer Leverkusen (4-0) and Union Berlin (2-1). Already looking strangely close to the relegation zone, Gladbach have managed to earn six points from their past three league matches, including an important 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund last weekend.
- Wolfsburg (vs Hoffenheim): Casteels; Mbabu, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Arnold, Guilavogui; Lukebakio, Philipp, Baku; Weghorst.
- Borussia Monchengladbach (vs Borussia Dortmund): Sommer; Jantschke, Elvedi, Ginter; Scally, Kone, Zakaria, Netz; Hofmann, Stindl; Embolo.
Xaver Schlager, Paulo Otavio, Bartosz Bialek and William remain out for Wolfsburg, while Gladbach are missing Marcus Thuram, Stefan Lainer and Mamadou Doucoure. Ramy Bensebaini is a doubt.
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Player to watch: Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)
Wolfsburg haven’t been the most prolific side in the Bundesliga this season, scoring eight goals in six matches despite winning four of those. But Wout Weghorst has been directly involved in half of those strikes.
The 29-year-old striker had an excellent campaign in 2020/21, being directly involved in 28 goals in the Bundesliga, scoring 20 times and providing a further eight assists, leading his team in both metrics. It’s a similar case this season, as Weghorst has scored more Bundesliga goals than any other Wolfsburg player (three) while being one of four to provide an assist (no player has more than one so far).
Weghorst’s goal involvements have been important too, winning Wolfsburg seven of their 13 points so far. It was Weghorst’s goal in the first weekend that secured a 1-0 win over Bochum and he provided a goal and assist in a 2-0 win over Greuther Furth after the international break. Weghorst then equalised for Wolfsburg in the 1-1 draw with Eintracht to preserve the unbeaten start, and Van Bommel will be hoping he can have another key contribution this weekend.
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