Fixture: Wolfsburg vs Hamburger
Competition: German Bundesliga 2016-17
Date: Saturday, 21th January, 14:30 GMT
Stadium: VOLKSWAGEN ARENA (Wolfsburg).
Wolfsburg won the last two games before the winter break with 1-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt and 1-2 against Borussia Monchengladbach. Those two victories saw them climbing four points above the relegation zone.
Wolfsburg are one of the weakest attacking sides this season, scoring just fifteen goals so far. Four of those goals were scored by the veteran Mario Gomez, but all of his four goals came at away grounds.
At home, Wolfsburg are the weakest team in the Bundesliga recording just one victory so far. Before winning their last home game against Eintracht Frankfurt they were on a negative series of four straight home defeats.
During the winter break, Wolfsburg signed the attacking midfielder Yunus Malli from Mainz and sold midfielder Julian Draxler to the French side of Paris Saint-Germain.
Similar like Wolfsburg, Hamburger SV are also struggling near the bottom of the Bundesliga currently occupying the relegation playoff spot. They were at the rock-bottom of the table for the bigger part of the season so far, but three wins from their last four games before the winter break saw them escape from the red zone.
Hamburger SV showed slightly better performances at home this season, while they were awful on the road. They won just once in their eight away matches and that victory came against the last-placed team of SV Darmstadt 98.
Hamburger SV were also active at the transfer market and brought in a couple of reinforcements. They signed the versatile regular player of Koln – Mergim Mavraj and loaned defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Bayer Leverkusen.
The Betting Verdict
Wolfsburg have the better overall record of 15 wins, 14 draws and just 9 defeats against Hamburger SV. Wolfsburg are also unbeaten in ten straight duels against Hamburger SV, and another interesting fact is that none of their total of 38 Bundesliga duels had ended in a goalless draw.
This is a regional northern derby match between two sides struggling at the bottom of the table. None of these sides impressed in the first part of the season, so it will be interesting to see who had better preparations this winter. Wolfsburg have a slightly better squad overall and better recent history, so I believe they will manage to record a narrow victory here.
Wolfsburg vs Hamburger: Head-to-Head Stats
Both teams have played 40 matches against each other in all the competitions. Wolfsburg has registered 17 wins, 14 draws and 9 defeats against Hamburger. Hamburger has scored 50 goals against Wolfsburg and concedes 69 goals against them.
Hamburger suffered a 0-1 home defeat against Wolfsburg in their last meetings in the match of German Bundesliga on 7th May, 2016.
Wolfsburg vs Hamburger: Prediction
Hamburger will try their best to secure at least an away draw from this match and Wolfsburg will try to a home win from the fixture. Wolfsburg is better side to compare Hamburger when they will play against each other at VOLKSWAGEN ARENA.
Predicted result will be a draw or home win for Wolfsburg.
Wolfsburg vs Hamburger: Betting Tips
Draw No Bet : Wolfsburg at 1.40
Goals Over/Under : Over 2.5 Goals at 1.90