As one of the promoted teams this season, Paderborn has not been able to do well than being at the relegation zone or even worse, at the bottom of the standings. However, they have a hope to revive after last week’s result. This weekend Steffen Baumgart’s men will be facing off Wolfsburg, one of the constant Bundesliga darkhorses. It is surely a challenging clash for them.
Paderborn had a stunning victory while visiting Frieburg last weekend. They managed to win 2-0 against the host. Christian Atwin-Adjei opened the score sheet at the first half and Abdelhamid Sabiri’s penalty doubled their lead. It was certainly a boost for them to save their campaign for this season. Apparently, they seem quite satisfied with the current squad as they only make one signing during the winter transfer window, Samuel Kari Fridjonsson from Valerenga.
Wolfsburg seems to be in the negative trend again for the past few weeks. They have been winless in their last four games. Last weekend, they lost again while hosting Hertha Berlin. Oliver Glasner's men were beaten 1-2. Admir Mehmedi took the lead first. Yet, the visitor's side eventually managed to turn things around by Jordan Torunarigha and Dude Lukebakio. During the winter transfer window, they released Yunus Malli and Jeffry Bruma on loan. In return, they gained the defender Marin Pongracic.
Missing players and probable lineups
Steffen Baumgart often opts for 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2 formations. He relies on Streli Mamba as the main scorer with five goals and two assists. There are at least three names on the sideline, Jamilu Collins, Luca Killian and Klaus Djasula.
Paderborn: Leopold Zigerle; Sebastian Schonlau, Cristian Strohdiek, Mohammed Drager, Uwe Hunemeier; Samuel Kari Fridjohnson; Sebastian Vasiliadis, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Kai Proger, Christian Antwin-Adjei; Streli Mamba.
Meanwhile, Oliver Glasner opts to deploy various formations from 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1 or even 4-3-2-1.His mission to win again might push him to employ more offensive tactical approach. There are three names will miss out the upcoming game. They are Xavier Schlager, Ignacio Chamacho and the main forward Wout Weghourst.
Wolfsburg: Koen Castells ; Kevin Mbabu, Marin Pongracic, Jeremy Roussilon, John Brooks; Josuha Guilavogui, William, Max Arnold, Renato Steffen; Josip Brekallo, Admir Mehmedi.
Wolfsburg is definitely the dominant side in the head-to-head encounters. They have won twice and had a draw twice in the last five meetings with Paderborn. The host has only been able to win once.
Sebastian Schonlau and Co will certainly have to struggle to secure another three points in 2020. Their confidence has been boosted by their previous win. However, Max Arnold and Co also aim for their first three points since early December. Thus, it is unlikely to be easy to win for the host. Wolfsburg's opportunity to win should be higher despite Wout Weighorst's absence.
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