At the end of the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, VfL Wolfsburg will face AS St. Etienne on Thursday evening. The big sporting significance of this duel is no longer, because while the Bundesliga has already secured the ticket for the next round, the French guests can not jump on one of the first two places.
Wolfsburg vs St. Etienne Betting Predictions and Odds
The fact that the encounter in the Autostadt is nevertheless observed with eagle eyes, is especially related to the “wolves” who want to show a reaction after the weak performance of the weekend in Freiburg (0: 1). In addition, the green-whites may still be about the group victory, for which there should at the same time be Olexandrija’s shooting aid in Gent.
Before the game of Wolfsburg against St. Etienne, the odds of the betting providers imply a 64% chance of winning in favor of Lower Saxony, whose last home win, however, is over two months in the past, regardless of competition. In addition, trainer Oliver Glasner has already announced that he wants to spare some players in view of the difficult remaining program in 2019.
Nevertheless, between Wolfsburg and St. Etienne we dare to predict that a tip on the home side will pay off and argue above all with the fact that the French are anything but dazzling in shape and, to date, have also been extremely defensive abroad vulnerable turned out. Does VfL land an important liberation?
Wolfsburg – Statistics & Current Form
Coach Oliver Glasner became unusually clear with his criticism following the disappointing 0: 1 at SC Freiburg last Saturday. The Austrian spoke of the fact that his team sometimes tended to have a certain lethargy instead of going full throttle for the entire 90 minutes.
At the same time, the former instructor of the Linz ASK announced to look in the coming weeks exactly which professionals want to go his way. The 45-year-old native from Salzburg puts his pistol on the chest of his charges shortly before the winter break and awaits a response on Thursday evening in the Europa League.
For the Lower Saxony is in the final group game to a real character test, because even before the kick-off is certain that the car city will definitely overwinter in international business. Thanks to the away win on matchday five at Olexandrija (1-0), VfL can no longer be denied the ticket to the intermediate round.
However, the current ninth of the Bundesliga table has not stained with fame. Two wins face just as many draws as a home defeat to Gent.
“I am happy as a little boy. It is a dream of every boy to be able to show what they can on the international stage. I feel ready and want to go full throttle for as long as possible. ” – Daniel Ginczek
With the exception of the aforementioned success in Ukraine, the “Wolves” never conceded a clean sheet, but scored almost two goals per game.
What often becomes a problem for many teams these days could actually turn out to be a plus point for the city’s car owners. In our eyes, the rotation announced by Oliver Glasner does not necessarily lead to a loss of quality.
Instead, players like Ginczek, Schlager, Mbabu or Gerhardt will be eager to show their boss that they have been called up for higher tasks after having survived injuries or little game share in the recent past. This is one of the reasons why we are pushing a tip for home victory between Wolfsburg and St. Etienne.
Statistically, the balance of the current second in Group I, who would have to score two points more than leaders Gent on Thursday to move into the next round as group winners, is expandable.
Only one of the last six home games against French teams has been victorious. The most recent match in front of their own fans was also lost to Gent (1: 3). Overall, the result in the Europa League with six successes, a draw and four bankruptcies is still positive.
Expected formation of Wolfsburg:
↳ Casteels – Mbabu, Knoche, Brooks, Tisserand, Otavio – Gerhardt, Schlager – Brekalo, Ginczek, Klaus
↳ Coach: Oliver Glasner
Last games from Wolfsburg:
⚽️ 07.12.2019 – Freiburg vs. Wolfsburg 1: 0 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 01.12.2019 – Wolfsburg vs Werder Bremen 2: 3 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 11/28/2019 – FC Olexandrija vs. Wolfsburg 0: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 11/23/2019 – Frankfurt vs. Wolfsburg 0-2 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 11/10/2019 – Wolfsburg vs. Leverkusen 0-2 (Bundesliga)
St. Etienne – Statistics & Current Form
With ten championship titles, St. Etienne remains one of the most successful French football teams on a national level. Even internationally, “Les Verts” could once make a splash with the entry into the final of the European Cup of Champions 1975/76.
The men of the experienced coach Claude Puel will not be able to build on such a triumph in the current season. The group phase in the Europa League was very disappointing for the green-whites, so that the departure was definitely fixed two weeks ago.
The French, however, have to attribute this to themselves, as they are still waiting for the first three after five days of play. After a 2: 3 defeat at the start in Gent ASSE subsequently drew four draws in a row. In three of the four cases, the kickers from the south of the country gambled away a lead and ultimately had to settle for one point.
Although last year’s fourth Ligue 1 certainly sold far below value in the group phase, we do not believe that on Thursday between Wolfsburg and St. Etienne a prediction for the guests will pay off, because the Puel- Team very vulnerable in this year’s season.
Despite a fairly decent record of four wins from nine appearances in the domestic league, it becomes clear when looking at the goal difference that the defensive does not meet the highest national and international demands. Ten specially scored goals face a rich 16 goals against. Also in the Europa League hailed in Gent and Olexandrija in total five goals.
In addition, it has to be seen with what formation the third-placed group I will play in the Volkswagen Arena. In this case, the fact that the highlight game against Paris St. Germain is on the program on Sunday favors our thesis that the coach – like his colleague – will probably make some personal changes.
Probable lineup of St. Etienne:
↳ Vermot – Silva, Lacroix, Perrin, Debuchy – Dioussé, Youssouf, Bouanga, Honorat – Diony, Beric
↳ Coach: Puel
Last games from St. Etienne:
⚽️ 08.12.2019 – Stade Reims vs. AS St. Etienne 3: 1 (Ligue 1)
⚽️ 04.12.2019 – AS St. Étienne vs. OGC Nice 4: 1 (Ligue 1)
⚽️ 01.12.2019 – Rennes Vs. AS St. Étienne 2-1 (Ligue 1)
⚽️ 28.11.2019 – AS St. Étienne Vs. Gent 0: 0 (Europa League)
⚽️ 11/24/2019 – AS St. Étienne vs. Montpellier 0-0 (Ligue 1)
Wolfsburg vs St. Etienne Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
The only direct duel between these two teams was on matchday two of the current group stage. The French went after 13 minutes by the ex-Gladbach Timotheé Kolodziejczak 1-0 in the lead, but had to accept only two pointer rotations later compensation by William. It finally stayed at 1-1.
German teams are therefore not a good place for St. Etienne. Only three of 21 matches against Bundesliga clubs were able to make “Les Verts” victorious (eight draws, nine defeats). Seven of the nine matches were even lost away.
Wolfsburg vs St. Etienne Betting Predictions and Odds
While Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Mönchengladbach have two German teams still to fight for the next round on Thursday night, VfL Wolfsburg have already solved the ticket for the round of 32. The game at the end of the group phase against the ten-time French champion therefore has only the character of a test game.
However, we would not dismiss the direct duel in such a devoid of emotion, as Wolves coach Oliver Glasner is desperately demanding a reaction from his charges following his last disappointing performances. The Lower Saxony will not lack motivation, especially since some long-term injured people will make their comeback in the starting line-up and others will even be playing for the first time in the European Cup.
⭐️ Wolfsburg vs St. Etienne Betting Odds & other interesting betting predictions:
Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ YES
Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ NO
Key facts – Wolfsburg vs St. Etienne tips
⭐️ Glasner will be rotating in style
⭐️ St. Etienne has already left; the VfL sure through
⭐️ The first leg ended 1-1
Although between Wolfsburg and St. Etienne only betting odds of 1.56 to a home win of the Bundesliga are offered, we are of the opinion that these prices of the starting position are quite fair. The French guests have only lost one of four group games, but they have repeatedly shown defensive problems, especially away.
Therefore, before the meaningless match between Wolfsburg and St. Etienne, we decided on the tip for solid odds on a success of VfL, which, in order to become group winner, had to hope for Olexandrija’s support in parallel play.