Wolfsburg take on the visitors Holstein Kiel at “Volkswagen Arena” in the first-leg fight of the Bundesliga Relegation Play Offs. The match will be played in Wolfsburg on Thursday, May 17th.
Just two years ago Wolfsburg broke Real Madrid at “Volkswagen Arena” in the ¼ final stage of the UEFA Champions League and this Thursday they will meet with humble Holstein Kiel in a tackle for a place in the next season’s Bundesliga. Till the very end “Die Wolfe” were under the threat of direct relegation to the 2. Bundesliga, but having thrashed FC Koln with 4:1 scoreline in the last round, the side deserved a right to fight in the Play Offs. The club’s roster allowed it to claim for the Eurocups zone, thus, it is hard to explain how the team has managed to settle only on the 16th position in the elite division standings. However, Wolfsburg’s last battle showed that they had appropriate football class, motivation and game to save the place in the Bundesliga for the next season.
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As for Holstein Kiel, just one year ago the side performed in the 3. Liga and then to a great surprise of the German fans and the club’s management “Die Storche” occupied the third position in the 2. Bundesliga. And that success was quite unexpected as for the second division debutant which had engaged extremely moderate squad. Holstein Kiel didn’t make any serious line-up enforcements, relying on the same performers who had played in the 3. Liga, thus, their upcoming fight against Wolfsburg is a true sensation. Still, the impudent contender is facing certain problems in terms of motivation as its head-coach has already agreed to change Holstein Kiel for FC Koln while the club’s sporting director and many key footballers will also quit, besides, it has no necessary facilities to perform in the Bundesliga.
Last year Wolfsburg had to defend their right to stay in the German elite division in the Play Offs battles against Braunschweig, having won both tackles like at the home ground, like on the road. And it looks like “Die Wolfe” will manage to repeat that success this season as well.
Prediction for the match: Wolfsburg to win.