Following their opening day 2-1 defeat to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Dieter Hecking's Wolfsburg will be targeting a comfortable victory against Eintracht Frankfurt at the Volkswagen Arena.
On the opening day, Die Wolfe extended their losing streak against Bayern to nine competitive matches. With goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben proving to be enough to seal all three points for the champions.
Although, Ivica Olic managed to snatch a consolation goal for Wolfsburg as Hecking's side valiantly fought for the draw. However, Bayern maintained possession and held-on for the 2-1 victory.
In comparison, Eintracht Frankfurt scraped a victory against Freiburg at the Commerzbank-Arena. A solitary 14th minute strike from Bundesliga-debutant Haris Seferovic, ensured that Thomas Schaaf's managerial record at Frankfurt remained perfect after two games.
Frankfurt utilised the long-ball tactic throughout the entirety of the game, whilst Freiburg insisted on counter-attacking their way towards a draw. Consequently, the game dissipated into a distinctly average tie, with Freiburg dominating possession but lacking the flair and creativity to equalize.
Schaaf must adapt
Surprisingly, Freiburg had 59% possession against Frankfurt, which indicates that Schaaf needs to adapt his style, in order to secure a point away at Wolfsburg.
Impressively, Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp made ten saves to deny Freiburg an equaliser. Last season, under the tutelage of Armin Veh, Trapp was forced into making nine saves from 22 Wolfsburg attempts.
This weekend, Trapp will have to perform a miracle to deny Wolfsburg the victory if Schaaf deploys the long-ball tactic. Furthermore, Trapp may even be forced into facing "The Great Dane" Nicklas Bendtner. The iconic Dane has already inspired his potential strike-partner Bas Dost since his arrival from Arsenal.
Dost told BILD: "He's a top guy. From such a player you can only learn. We talked a lot. He played at super-clubs."
Nicklas Bendtner debut?
With Bendtner in the frame for his debut, this fixture could potentially be the last time Luiz Gustavo ever plays for Wolfsburg. The Brazilian defensive-midfielder has been heavily rumoured with a transfer to Real Madrid, ever since Xabi Alonso shockingly requested to leave the Galacticos to join Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.
Nevertheless, Belgian midfielder Junior Malanda will instantly slot in if Gustavo is absent. Unfortunately, Malanda is already a guilty candidate for "miss of the season" after failing to equalize against Bayern. The ball rebounded into Malanda from one yard out, yet he managed to smash the ball wide whilst Manuel Neuer was sat on the floor as a spectator.
To conclude, Wolfsburg are almost guaranteed to pick up the three points against Frankfurt this weekend. Expect Malanda and Josuha Guilavogui to intercept the long-ball tactic and release the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, Aaron Hunt or Vieirinha. Who's attacking creativity will leave the Frankfurt defence under siege for the majority of the game.
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