VfL Wolfsburg is welcoming FC Koln to Volkswagen Arena in round 16 of the German Bundesliga. Wolfsburg has been struggling, and they have been for a while, and as if that is not enough, Wolfsburg has also gotten knocked out of Europe. Koln has been quite solid so far this season, but they have lost their last game to Augsburg at home.
After being undefeated in their first 5-6 games in Bundesliga, Wolfsburg has sunk, and they are now on a 5-game losing streak, while they haven’t won any of their last 7 games. During this 5-game losing streak, Wolfsburg has conceded 13 goals while scoring only 2, and absolutely nothing is working for them. With only 20 points, 15 scored goals, and 22 conceded goals, Wolfsburg is in 11th place, but they could still reach that Europa League spot if they focus and start turning things around. Weghorst is the leading goalscorer for Wolfsburg with 5 goals, and he will be in the lineup for this match. Wolfsburg also has a ton of injuries, and that is certainly impacting their game, but they can’t always be using this excuse. Wolfsburg has some decent quality, but they need to get their motor going.
Koln is just underneath Wolfsburg in the standings, in 12th place with 19 points, and even though their defense has been worse, Koln’s offense has been better than Wolfsburg’s. Koln is also in solid form, and they have lost only 1 of their last 6 games, and that was against Augsburg this past weekend. Modeste has been a goalscoring machine for Koln so far this season, and he is their leading goalscorer with 8 goals. Schmitz has added 4 assists. The good news for Koln is they have far fewer injuries than Wolfsburg. After this game, Koln is still playing against Stuttgart, and that is a game where they can certainly hope for a positive result, especially because they are playing at home. Koln is a decent team, and average team in Bundesliga to be honest, and we won’t be seeing them anywhere near the Europa League, but they will stay outside the relegation zone easily.
The trends are on Wolfsburg’s side in this matchup, and Koln is still without a win on the road this season. Wolfsburg is in worse form, but they are the better team if you ask me, they just need to show it here. I think this is the perfect game for Wolfsburg to turn things around, and I think they will.