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VfL Wolfsburg officials recently expressed great misunderstanding about the fact that despite a partial travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office for Ukraine, they were forced by UEFA to play the away game in the Europa League in Kiev against Shakhtar Donetsk. Five months after the first leg in the round of 16 of the competition, the Lower Saxony want to defy all odds and reach the final tournament in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Because coach Oliver Glasner’s team lost the first leg 1-2 at home in March, the green-whites need at least two goals of their own on Wednesday evening and of course one victory to make the leap among the last eight teams. If we look at the odds of the best bookmakers before the Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg game, it becomes clear that the Bundesliga team’s progress is not considered particularly likely.
On the one hand, this is because the starting position clearly speaks for the Eastern Europeans. Secondly, the Ukrainians have so far reached the next round in nine out of ten cases where they won the first leg abroad. Nevertheless, the VfL team arrives with the requirement that one month after the last competitive game, they want to try everything to provide a surprise.
Between Shakhtar Donetsk and Wolfsburg, a forecast for the Glasner-Elf is not so far-fetched in our eyes, since the hosts have not been officially in use since mid-July and the evaluation of the current constitution is therefore difficult.
It was a good two weeks ago that Shakhtar Donetsk had to compete in the Ukrainian league for the last time. At FC Oleksandriya, the orange-blacks had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The former UEFA Cup winner won seven of the remaining eight games after the re-start, making him once again far behind the champions. In the coming season, the “Hirnyky” will again be allowed to hand in its business card in the Champions League.
The Ukrainians will then aim to reach the round of 16 in the most important European club competition. This was denied them in 2019/20 despite seven points and only one bankruptcy. Donetsk finished third in the Europa League, prevailed against Benfica Lisbon in the sixteenth final and now has the best chance of entering the quarterfinals after a 2-1 first leg win in Wolfsburg.
In nine out of ten cases in which Shakhtar won the first leg away in a UEFA competition, the leap to the next round was later made. Against this background, it would not be advisable to bet between Shakhtar Donetsk and Wolfsburg on the Bundesliga team’s progress.
But watch out: The Ukrainians have only won one of their last eight European home games and have been waiting for seven direct duels at home to win against German representatives. All seven matches ended in a draw. There is also a question mark behind the current constitution. To make matters worse, the regular left-back injured will not be available with Ismaily. Otherwise, the Portuguese coach Castro can draw from the full.
VfL Wolfsburg faces an extremely difficult task. Not only the fact that the Lower Saxony have to catch up a 1: 2 mortgage from the first leg against their home backdrop on Wednesday evening, but also the circumstances before the second leg are causing problems for the green-whites.
Compared to the Ukrainians, who have to play a competitive game again after a good two weeks break, we even see VfL as having an advantage, since the players had a longer recovery phase and are already preparing for the new season. If the Glasner-Elf manage to build the right emotional connection to the competition, the odds of a success of the wolves are definitely to be recommended between Shakhtar Donetsk and Wolfsburg.
One or two statistics also speak for the Bundesliga team. For example, the Autostädter in the Europa League also reached the quarter-finals in both cases, in which they reached the round of 16.
In addition, VfL has been unbeaten for nine Europa League appearances. Two matches are just missing to set the record for Lazio and Fiorentina. In general, the green-whites have only lost on the island in this competition (twice).
A recent game at RB Leipzig, which ended in a respectable 1-1 draw, serves as an indicator of the current form. Despite the fact that the Wolfsburg team must score at least two goals on Wednesday, we do not expect the guests to run wild, but instead a balanced performance, which in our eyes is very promising. The failures of Otavio, William, Mehmedi, Steffen, Mbabu and Camacho do nothing to change that.
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Wolfsburg head to head matches
12.03.20 EL Wolfsburg Shakhtar Donetsk 1 : 2