Schalke 04 vs Wolfsburg
Germany – DFB Pokal
Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: VELTINS-Arena (Gelsenkirchen).
Schalke 04 fell to fifth place in the Bundesliga standings after a shocking 1-2 loss to Werder Bremen at home on Saturday afternoon. Can Die Konigsblauen bounce back four days later when they host Wolfsburg in the quarterfinal of DFB Pokal in front of the home crowd?
It should not be a one-way street at all given that the Wolves will head into this in high spirits after claiming four points from last two matches in Bundesliga. The Swiss manager Martin Schmidt seems to have found the winning formula for his defensive line which allowed only a single goal in last two league rounds against Hannover 96 and Stuttgart.
Moreover, Wolfsburg have been super tough to break down in the cup as well conceding no goals at all in three previous rounds of the competition. Since Domenico Tedesco obviously has inner problems with his top scorer Guido Burgstaller (the Austrian striker has lost his place in the starting XI to Franco di Santo), we would not be shocked to see the Wolves continue such fine spell of form and keep things quiet at the back here.
Also, Schmidt was happy to see his key man up front Divock Origi finally scoring a goal (in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at home to Stuttgart) after a longer break.
Schalke 04 vs Wolfsburg: Head-to-head
The trip to Gelsenkirchen has never been a pleasant experience for Wolfsburg who have won just 3 of 21 games at VELTINS-Arena.
Die Koinigsblauen have won three and drawn one of last four meetings with Wolfsburg.
The clash played in late-October in Bundesliga saw the teams share spoils in a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen.
Schalke 04 vs Wolfsburg: Prediction
The bookies see the host as pretty clear favourites, but we’d not be surprised to witness a Wolves’ upset here.
The key will be in Wolfsburg’s defensive line and we’ll go with Schalke 04 to score less than two goals in the game as the main betting option at the odds of 1.90.
You can also back the Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.95.
Schalke 04 vs Wolfsburg: Bet Tips
Schalke 04 Under 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.90
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.95