Second place meets 11th as Wolfsburg travel to Schalke in an attempt to shorten the distance between them and the Bundesliga leaders. Wolfsburg have six wins in a row in all competitions, while Schalke come from two consecutive defeats, one in Champions League at the hands of Sporting, and the second one against Freiburg who are placed on the 13th place.
Struggling in the second half of the table is something unusual for Schalke, but their form has been all over the place this season, as each win has been alternated with a loss. Dennis Aogo is suspended for the hosts while Farfan, Kolasinic, Giefer, Draxler and Goretzka will miss the match due to injuries. That will give Höwedes and most likely Kirchhoff the chance to play as Schalke’s center- back pairing. Since Roberto Di Matteo took over the team, Schalke won all their home matches, that in contrast with their away form, where they are unable to win since September.
Wolfsburg are not only the second placed Bundesliga team, they also have the second best attack Bundesliga has to offer, as they have scored 23 goals, 4 of which came from Olic, while Naldo, Caliguri, Perisic and Rodriguez have three goals each. In their last five away games they won twice, lost twice and had a draw against Hoffenheim. Ochs and Lopes will miss to injury but that does not hinder in any way Wolfsburg’s record of winning their last six Bundesliga matches. The visitors represent an impediment in Schalke’s way of reaching a Champions League spot, but both teams are rather unpredictable even if Wolfsburg display the better form at the moment.
The head to head record favors the hosts as in the last five meetings; Schalke won four of them, Wolfsburg latest win dates back to 2013. Any outcome is possible here, which is why Schalke were given 2.87 odds to win, Wolfsburg got 2.37 and a draw has 3.40 odds. Huntelaar to score has 2.50 odds, Choupo Moting 3.20, Ogbuke 3.30 and both Max Meyer and Sidney Sam have 3.50 odds to score anytime. For Wolfsburg Olic has 2.62 odds to score, Perisic 2.90 odds, while Hunt and Bendtner both have 3.10 odds. Considering both team’s offensive power we’re betting 8 units on over 3.5 goals with 2.65 odds from Ladbrokes.
Schalke 04: Team’s Formation
Wolfsburg: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Over 3.5 goals
Result: -8 units, bet lost
World Champions meet European Champions as Germany travel to Spain to finish off one of the best years in their history with a potential win. Spain continue with rebuilding a team that stumbled so hard during the World Cup that several of their legends retired, while Germany lost some of their own support after three pillars of their winning team retired.
During the EURO 2016 Qualifiers both teams have had their problems, which culminated with Spain’s loss to Slovakia. Their recent result is a 3-0 win over Belarus that saw the goals being scored by young talents finally being allowed to the team due to first choice players being injured. Del Bosque announced that David De Gea is nursing a thumb injury picked up in training which puts Kiko Casilla in the goal tomorrow. Germany will also field a new goalkeeper, as Manuel Neuer is unavailable due to knee problems, but whether it will be Weidenfeller or Zieler is still unknown.
Germany have been hit by the injury virus that sees Draxler, Ozil, Reus, Hummels, Kramer, Boateng, Schürrle, Schweinsteiger and most likely Höwedes all ruled out for tomorrow. Spain are missing out on Costa and Fabregas both either tired or with fitness issues likely to be resolved upon the return of Premier League fixtures. Germany come from a 4-0 win against Gibraltar; a match that witnessed the first team to defend the goal line with 10 people which forced Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos to send all his shots on target into space, similar to his teammate Sergio Ramos.
In their head to head games Germany have eight wins, Spain have seven, three of which are consecutive, which bodes well for this high profile friendly. Spain’s current style of play suits the one Germany likes to play which could bode well for an entertaining game. Spain have Koke and Alcacer in the midfield and attack, Germany has Götze and Müller which prompted Joachim Löw to say: “We want to end the year by showing once again what we are capable of and if possible win the match.”
A draw is one of the most popular betting markets at 3.30 with Bet365. Spain is heavily favored by the bookies to win, mainly due to the fact that they do looks stronger at home. Germany got 3.50 odds to win, and considering the state of both teams’ defensive lines, both teams to score with 1.83 odds has some value. Over 2.5 goals has 2.05 odds, both teams to score in the second half 3.50, Spain to win either half 1.61 odds, Germany 2.10. The second half as the highest scoring one has 2.05 odds and we’re betting 8 units on Thomas Müller to score anytime with 2.50 odds from Bet365.
Spain: Team’s Formation
Germany: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Thomas Müller to score anytime
Result: +9,2 units, bet won