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Wolfsburg vs Holsten Kiel predictions for the second leg of the German Bundesliga Play-Offs. Holstein Kiel trail 3-1 on aggregate to Wolfsburg, but do they have what it takes to pull off an upset in front of the home fans on Monday? Read on for our free betting tips and match preview.

Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Reason For Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Betting Tips

Wolfsburg took a huge step towards another season in the German top flight after beating Bundesliga 2 club Holstein Kiel 3-1 in the home leg of their relegation play-off last Thursday. Wolfsburg did all the running in the early stages, and it was Liverpool-loanee Divock Origi who was the star of the show. The Wolves’ persistence payed off as early as the 13th minute with Origi scoring the opener. Goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm did well to keep the game from slipping away from Kiel after that. He made a few vital saves before in-form winger Kingsley Schindler drew them level around 20 minutes later.

It was Origi who popped up again though, and he set up Wolfsburg’s thunderous second not long after, putting them ahead going into the tunnel at half-time. As expected, Kiel’s dangerous offense continued to put pressure on the 2008/09 Bundesliga champions, but another Origi assist for a Yunus Malli goal saw some weight lifted from Wolfsburg’s shoulders. A late sitter missed by Kiel’s top scorer Marvin Ducksch brought a sour taste to an otherwise valiant Kiel performance, but will a two-goal deficit be too much for them in the 2nd leg?

Well, with Holstein Kiel having it all to play for, this should be a fairly open affair. Wolfsburg did show the difference in quality between the top and second tier on Thursday though, and it’s tough to say whether Kiel will truly have enough in the tank to cause an upset. Statistically, Wolfsburg should actually perform better in this second leg fixture too, having kept a clean sheet in 35% of their Bundesliga matches on the road. So with the hosts forced to go all out, there has to be some value on Wolfsburg to take another win here, especially with plenty of opportunity to counter attack should the game be drawn late on.

That’s not to say we don’t expect Holstein Kiel to score though. Kiel boast the Bundesliga 2’s most dangerous offense (71 goals total in 34 games), and also head into this having scored a massive 18 goals over their last six competitive outings, including one against Wolfsburg last week. But while human emotion makes you root for the underdog, you have to remember that Kiel were a third-tier side just 12 months back.

As a Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg are the much stronger side on paper, and history is on their side too – the club defending their spot in the top flight has won 15 of the last 20 relegation play-offs. Back-to-back 4-1 and 3-1 wins has shown Wolfsburg’s ability to perform against weaker opposition, while Kiel have recorded two defeats from two against stronger opposition over the last few weeks (last Thursday’s play-off match and against 2nd placed Nurnberg in the league). As such, we just don’t see Kiel pulling off the miracle upset. Our prediction: a 2-1 Wolfsburg win.

Holstein Kiel: Kronholm – Herrmann, Schmidt, Czichos, van den Bergh – Peitz – Schindler, Drexler, Kinsombi, Lewerenz – Ducksch
Coach: Markus Anfang

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Uduokhai, Brooks, Knoche, William – Guilavogui, Arnold – Didavi, Malli, Brekalo – Origi
Coach: Bruno Labbadia

Head to Head

Wolfsburg won 3-1 at home to Holstein Kiel in the 1st leg of the Bundesliga play-offs last Thursday. Wolfsburg’s 9-1 win over Holstein Kiel in 1986 is the joint-biggest in their history.

Holstein Kiel Team News

Holstein Kiel Team Badge Bundesliga 2 side Holstein Kiel surprised many by starting doubtful midfielder Dominick Drexler in the 1st leg - he has a combined 22 goals and assists this season. With Herrmann and Schmidt also back in action, Kiel head into the 2nd leg with no notable injuries or suspensions.

Wolfsburg Team News

Wolfsburg Team Badge Wolfsburg's treatment room remains busy: Daniel Didavi is touch and go. Midfielder Ignacio Camacho remains doubtful (muscular problems). Forward Mehmedi (foot) and defender Marcel Tisserand (thigh) are also unlikely to feature.

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Published: May 21, 2018

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Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Stats

  • 15 of the 20 relegation play-offs have been won by the top flight club, including eight of the last nine.
  • Divock Origi has netted two in two matches for Wolfsburg.
  • Both teams scored in 65% of Kiel’s 17 home matches over the course of the season.
  • Kiel scored 18 goals over their last six competitive outings – an average of three goals per game.
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Wolfsburg vs Holsten Kiel predictions for the second leg of the German Bundesliga Play-Offs. Holstein Kiel trail 3-1 on aggregate to Wolfsburg, but do they have what it takes to pull off an upset in front of the home fans on Monday? Read on for our free betting tips and match preview.

Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Reason For Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Betting Tips

Wolfsburg took a huge step towards another season in the German top flight after beating Bundesliga 2 club Holstein Kiel 3-1 in the home leg of their relegation play-off last Thursday. Wolfsburg did all the running in the early stages, and it was Liverpool-loanee Divock Origi who was the star of the show. The Wolves’ persistence payed off as early as the 13th minute with Origi scoring the opener. Goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm did well to keep the game from slipping away from Kiel after that. He made a few vital saves before in-form winger Kingsley Schindler drew them level around 20 minutes later.

It was Origi who popped up again though, and he set up Wolfsburg’s thunderous second not long after, putting them ahead going into the tunnel at half-time. As expected, Kiel’s dangerous offense continued to put pressure on the 2008/09 Bundesliga champions, but another Origi assist for a Yunus Malli goal saw some weight lifted from Wolfsburg’s shoulders. A late sitter missed by Kiel’s top scorer Marvin Ducksch brought a sour taste to an otherwise valiant Kiel performance, but will a two-goal deficit be too much for them in the 2nd leg?

Well, with Holstein Kiel having it all to play for, this should be a fairly open affair. Wolfsburg did show the difference in quality between the top and second tier on Thursday though, and it’s tough to say whether Kiel will truly have enough in the tank to cause an upset. Statistically, Wolfsburg should actually perform better in this second leg fixture too, having kept a clean sheet in 35% of their Bundesliga matches on the road. So with the hosts forced to go all out, there has to be some value on Wolfsburg to take another win here, especially with plenty of opportunity to counter attack should the game be drawn late on.

That’s not to say we don’t expect Holstein Kiel to score though. Kiel boast the Bundesliga 2’s most dangerous offense (71 goals total in 34 games), and also head into this having scored a massive 18 goals over their last six competitive outings, including one against Wolfsburg last week. But while human emotion makes you root for the underdog, you have to remember that Kiel were a third-tier side just 12 months back.

As a Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg are the much stronger side on paper, and history is on their side too – the club defending their spot in the top flight has won 15 of the last 20 relegation play-offs. Back-to-back 4-1 and 3-1 wins has shown Wolfsburg’s ability to perform against weaker opposition, while Kiel have recorded two defeats from two against stronger opposition over the last few weeks (last Thursday’s play-off match and against 2nd placed Nurnberg in the league). As such, we just don’t see Kiel pulling off the miracle upset. Our prediction: a 2-1 Wolfsburg win.

Holstein Kiel: Kronholm – Herrmann, Schmidt, Czichos, van den Bergh – Peitz – Schindler, Drexler, Kinsombi, Lewerenz – Ducksch
Coach: Markus Anfang

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Uduokhai, Brooks, Knoche, William – Guilavogui, Arnold – Didavi, Malli, Brekalo – Origi
Coach: Bruno Labbadia

Head to Head

Wolfsburg won 3-1 at home to Holstein Kiel in the 1st leg of the Bundesliga play-offs last Thursday. Wolfsburg’s 9-1 win over Holstein Kiel in 1986 is the joint-biggest in their history.

Holstein Kiel Team News

Holstein Kiel Team Badge Bundesliga 2 side Holstein Kiel surprised many by starting doubtful midfielder Dominick Drexler in the 1st leg - he has a combined 22 goals and assists this season. With Herrmann and Schmidt also back in action, Kiel head into the 2nd leg with no notable injuries or suspensions.

Wolfsburg Team News

Wolfsburg Team Badge Wolfsburg's treatment room remains busy: Daniel Didavi is touch and go. Midfielder Ignacio Camacho remains doubtful (muscular problems). Forward Mehmedi (foot) and defender Marcel Tisserand (thigh) are also unlikely to feature.

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Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg Stats

  • 15 of the 20 relegation play-offs have been won by the top flight club, including eight of the last nine.
  • Divock Origi has netted two in two matches for Wolfsburg.
  • Both teams scored in 65% of Kiel’s 17 home matches over the course of the season.
  • Kiel scored 18 goals over their last six competitive outings – an average of three goals per game.

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Article by: Tom L
Contact: thomas.lumb@freesupertips.co.uk
Twitter: @thomaslumb19
Published: May 21, 2018

Our match preview predictions are fully researched and provided in good faith but no profits are guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly, you should only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose. Visit our responsible gambling guidelines for more information. 18+

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