Preview - Wolfsburg vs Hamburger SV 28 April 2018

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Apr 28, 2018, 06:38 AM Last Edit: Apr 29, 2018, 08:23 AM by Harry85
Match Day 32
Wolfsburg vs Hamburger SV
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
22:30 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Volkswagen Arena

Last five matches form: L D W D L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Daniel Didavi ( 8 )

Hamburger SV:
Last five matches form: L D W L W
Average goals per match: 0.77
Average goals against per match: 1.55
Top Scorer: Filip Kostic (5)

A big relegation clash at the Volkswagen Arena on Match Day 32 at Wolfsburg play host to Hamburger SV.

Only bottom side FC Cologne can match Wolfsburg's Bundesliga low of 5 wins from 31 games. The fact Bruno Labbadia's men aren't in the relegation zone is down to a remarkable 15 draws so far. However, they remain seriously imperilled, with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three at present. Gian-Luca Itter, Admir Mehmedi and Sebastian Jung remain out here, whilst Josuha Guilavogui is also struggling to make it on time.

Five points adrift of safety at present, a win for second bottom Hamburger SV would reduce the gap to Wolfsburg to just two points with two games to play. The visitors look to be fully fit and also welcome Douglas Santos back from suspension.

Hamburger SV's only away victory of the season came back in week two when mastering Cologne. Since then they have been abysmal, losing 11 of their 14 subsequent outings.

Wolfsburg are not a good side, but they are probably marginally better than their visitors today. Hamburger have managed a paltry total of three goals in their last ten away outings.

Wolfsburg can't rely on continuing to draw their way to safety, and they won't get a better chance to pick up three points than this. The home side should just about do enough.

Prediction: Wolfsburg 2 - 0 Hamburger SV


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots: 10 - 14
Shots on target: 1 - 6
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 50% - 50%

Wolfsburg's Paul Vernhaegh, Robin Knoche and Josip Brekalo had their names taken by referee Daniel Siebert who also booked Hamburg's Julian Pollersbeck and Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

Chances for both sides in the opening half without any real clear cut opportunities. Goalless headed into the 43rd minute, it looked likely that the two sides would be going in at half-time on level terms. By the time the half-time whistle did blow though, Hamburg were two goals to the good.

Joshua Guilavogui adjudged to have tripped Tasuya Ito in the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Bobby Shou Wood stepping up to slot the penalty kick into the bottom right corner.

Then in the first minute of added time Ito played in an excellent cross from the left. Lewis Holtby getting in front of his marker to head across Koen Casteels and in.

Both sides huffed and puffed after the break, but Hamburg looked to be comfortably seeing the game out as they protected their lead.

In the 78th minute though Wolfsburg set up a grandstand finish. Josip Brekalo making the most of a free kick in a dangerous position to curl a lovely effort into the back of the net.

It was however Hamburg who would have the last word. Having had their own penalty claims waved away not long before Wolfsburg conceded a second spot kick of the game in stoppage time. William bringing down Gian-Luca Waldschmidt in the area. Filip Kostic's effort was well saved by Casteels, but it was Waldschmidt who was first to react to fire in the rebound. 1-3 final score.

A big win for Hamburg. They stay second bottom but close the gap to fourth bottom Wolfsburg to just two points with two games to play.

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