Preview - RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Wolfsburg 05 May 2018

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Match Day 33
RasenBallsport Leipzig vs Wolfsburg
Saturday, May 5th, 2018
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Red Bull Arena

RasenBallsport Leipzig: 
Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.47
Average goals against per match: 1.56
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (11)

Last five matches form: D W D L L
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 1.34
Top Scorer: Daniel Didavi (8)

Another clash with implications for both ends of the table comes at the Red Bull Arena this weekend as Wolfsburg come calling to take on RasenBallsport Leipzig.

Having looked like being one of the favourites to qualify for next seasons Champions League, Leipzig's form has taken an alarming dip in recent weeks. One point from the past 15 available means that rather than bidding for a place at Europe's top table, they are now clinging on to the last of the Europa League spots.

Wolfsburg meanwhile will be happy should they even be playing their football in the Bundesliga next season. Currently third bottom, they may at least have the chance to save themselves in a play off, but with Hamburg rallying behind them they could still be demoted outright. On the plus side they have a far superior goal difference to Freiburg who are just three points ahead. A win here would massively increase their hopes of survival.

Leipzig's frustrations have found their vent in a spate of ill-discipline of late. Willi Orban, Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita all miss out through suspension here. With Marcel Halstenberg and Marcel Sabitzer also out injured, the home sides first choice eleven has been decimated ahead of this game.

Fortunately for Leipzig, Wolfsburg aren't much better off. Paul Verhaegh is suspended, with their list of injured players now standing at eight, including top scorer Daniel Didavi.

Whilst Wolfsburg have a lot of injuries, not that many are to players who would be classed as automatic starters. The away side may just nick this against a depleted and demoralised home side who have lost three of their last five at the Red Bull Arena.

Prediction: RasenBallsport Leipzig 1 - 2 Wolfsburg


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots: 13 - 9
Shots on target: 7 - 5
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 47% - 53%

Referee Marco Fritz reached for his notebook just the once here, issuing the yellow card to Wolfsburg goal scorer Daniel Didavi.

Leipzig got their noses in front in the 24th minute. Jean-Kevin Augustin receiving the ball down the left and running into the box before cutting the ball back to Ademola Lookman sliding in to finish past Koen Casteels.

In the 34th minute, Augustin turned provider once again. This time receiving a long ball in the right-hand side of the box and volleying back to the edge of the area to find Timo Werner. The German international doing the rest to side foot into the bottom right corner. 2-0 at the interval.

Wolfsburg threatened to make a game of it when getting one back at the beginning of the second half. Renato Stefan receiving the ball from a throw in down the left-hand side and crossing for Daniel Didavi to apply the volleyed finish past Peter Gulacsi from around eight yards.

Leipzig's two goal cushion was restored in the 52nd minute. A bad blunder from Felix Uduokhai allowing Timo Werner to gain possession in the area. Werner finding Lookman racing into the box. Lookman applying a composed low finish across the keeper and into the bottom right corner.

Having provided two assists Augustin grabbed a goal of his own in the 63rd minute. Played in by Diego Demme, Augustin finished nicely into the bottom right from the edge of the box. Games over for Wolfsburg. 4-1 final score.

With Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart both winning below them, this was a crucial win for Leipzig in the race for the final Europa League spot. Having also now closed the gap to fourth placed Hoffenheim to just two points, they now at least have a shot of making the Champions League on the final day of the season.

A missed opportunity for Wolfsburg in their bid to survive. Relegation, a relegation playoff and survival all remain possibilities headed into the final round of fixtures. They will need everything to go in their favour if that last scenario is to be realised though.

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