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May 14, 2022 at 2.30pm UK
Wolfsburg
2 - 2
Bayern
Wind (45'), Kruse (58')
Kohfeldt (38'), Nmecha (42')
FT(HT: 1-2)
Stanisic (17'), Lewandowski (40')
Upamecano (77'), Richards (88')

Preview: Wolfsburg vs. Bayern Munich - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will look to finish the campaign on a high note when they travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday in the final game of the 2021-22 season.

The visitors have failed to win in both of their encounters since confirming their 10th successive league title, whilst the hosts have improved in recent weeks to finish a disappointing campaign in positive fashion.


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Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt reacts on January 23, 2022© Reuters

After performing far below expected standards for much of the season, Wolfsburg have finally begun to show their capabilities in recent weeks.

Three wins, and just one defeat, from their last five outings have seen Florian Kohfeldt's side climb the table and end any lingering fears of an unexpected relegation battle.

Last weekend's 1-0 success at FC Koln was perhaps the best of the bunch, as Die Wolfe put their dreadful away form behind them to come out winners at a difficult venue against the in-form Billy Goats.

Yannick Gerhardt netted the only goal of the game just before half time, and thanks to an excellent performance from backup goalkeeper Pavao Pervan, Wolfsburg came away with an impressive three points.

Saturday's hosts remained in 13th spot despite the victory, but although they could climb as many as three places with a positive result against the champions, it will not be enough to secure a top-half finish.

Kohfeldt has answered many critics with the upturn in form in recent weeks though, and the 39-year-old will be out to secure an upset against their visitors on the final day to take into a busy summer ahead of a targeted improvement in the 2022-23 campaign.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on April 9, 2022© Reuters

Meanwhile, Bayern head to the Volkswagen Arena on the back of two disappointing results in the Bundesliga.

Since confirming the retention of their crown with victory over challengers Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker, the Bavarians have lost to Mainz 05 and drawn with relegation-threatened Stuttgart since.

The 3-1 defeat to Die Nullfunfer was perhaps the perfect example of a team suffering from a hangover as a result of celebrations, with Julian Nagelsmann's side well beaten against an intense Mainz side.

Although a response would have been expected in their final home game of the campaign at the Allianz Arena last weekend, Bayern were once again well below their usual exceptional standards.

The four-man backline was wide open and left exposed to Stuttgart counter attacks on numerous occasions, whilst at the other end, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski were unusually guilty of missing some wonderful opportunities.

Kingsley Coman saw red in the fifth minute of stoppage time to sum up a disappointing final game in front of the Bayern faithful, but after failing to see his side bounce back on that occasion, Nagelsmann will be expectant when his side travel to the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.

Wolfsburg Bundesliga form:
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • W

Bayern Munich Bundesliga form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D

Bayern Munich form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D


Team News

Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman celebrates scoring their first goal on February 16, 2022© Reuters

After missing last weekend's win in Koln due to a shoulder problem, first-choice goalkeeper Koen Casteels is unlikely to return for Wolfsburg on Saturday, meaning Pervan should retain his place in between the posts.

As they have done in recent weeks, Paulo Otavio, William and Luca Waldschmidt definitely remain on the sidelines for the hosts.

Micky van de Ven deputised for the injured Jerome Roussillon at full-back last weekend, but after being forced off with a knock, he is a doubt to deputise again against the champions.

Roussillon should be able to return but Sebastiaan Bornauw is labelled as a doubt due to a back problem, and should the latter miss out, Kohfeldt is likely to stick with his four-man defence once more.

As for the visitors, Coman's red card last time out means that the winger will miss the final day at the weekend.

Bouna Sarr is unlikely to return from a knee problem, whilst Eric Choupo-Moting could miss out due to a knee injury of his own.

Leroy Sane could deputise for Coman in the wide area, depending if the German has recovered from the illness that saw him miss out on the draw with Stuttgart last week.

Wolfsburg possible starting lineup:
Pervan; Baku, Lacroix, Brooks, Roussillon; Kruse, Schlager, Arnold, Gerhardt; Wind, L Nmecha

Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Lewandowski


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We say: Wolfsburg 1-3 Bayern Munich

After improving in terms of performances and results in recent weeks, Wolfsburg certainly possess the capability of hurting this shaky Bayern defence on Saturday.

However, although they may well find the back of the net, the hosts have been a poor outfit for much of the campaign, and should the champions return to their expected best, they would have far too much in them for this Wolfsburg side.




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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CBayern MunichBayern34245597376077
2Borussia DortmundDortmund34223985523369
3Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen34197880473364
4RB Leipzig341771072373558
5Union BerlinUnion Berlin3416995044657
6Freiburg341510958461255
7FC Koln341410105249352
8Mainz 0534137145045546
9Hoffenheim34137145860-246
10Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach34129135461-745
11Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt341012124549-442
12Wolfsburg34126164354-1142
13VfL BochumVfL Bochum34126163852-1442
14Augsburg34108163956-1738
15Stuttgart34712154159-1833
16Hertha Berlin3496193771-3433
RArminia Bielefeld34513162753-2628
RGreuther Furth3439222882-5418

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