Match: Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg
Competition: Germany – Bundesliga Promotion Play-off
Time / Date: 21:30h / 21 May 2018
In the first match, Wolfsburg made a huge step towards retaining their elite status against the 2.Bundesliga team, Holsten Kiel, defeating them 3:1 at the Volkswagen Arena.
Holstein Kiel lost only once in last 10 games in the regular season, finishing third with only four points behind the direct promotion place (2nd) to the first league of Germany.
Four years ago, Wolfsburg finished second in the Bundesliga, but this season they recorded their weakest performance with only 33 points with which they secured this playoff.
Bruno Labbadia’s men managed to hold their awakening in an attack with another impressive performance at offence in the previous game against this opponent, as they did the same with Cologne where beat them with 4:1, which gives them even more confidence before this match.
Sebastian Jung (Calf Problems), Riechedly Bazoer (Knock), Divock Origi (Minor wound), Daniel Didavi (Achilles tendon problems), Paul Jaeckel (Stretched ligament), Paul Verhaegh (Head injury), Marcel Tisserand (torn tendon), Admir Mehmedi (Torn ligament), Victor Osimhen (Shoulder injury)
The match in last round was the first competitive h2h meeting between this two sides.
Markus Anfang can be proud of what he has done at the team, he managed to establish them in the second level of Germany after last season was in 3. Bundesliga (Kiel have best-attacking stats in 2.Bundesliga) and this summer The Storks already playing a playoff to enter 1. Bundesliga.
The visitors managed to improve their attack success rate, but still the same can not be said for the defence, that is why goals in both ends are possible.
Still, for The Wolves is more class team who plays in the higher division and taking into account all who leave (players and coaches) the hosts I expect Wolfsburg to win.