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Arminia Bielefeld vs VfL Wolfsburg 29.04.2015


Arminia Bielefeld vs. VfL Wolfsburg / DFB-Pokal – The second semi-final match is definitely less attractive than the first one but it doesn’t mean that will be less exciting despite that Arminia is a third-league team and Wolfsburg is second in the Bundesliga standings. The team from Bielefeld is the first in the 3. Liga and will probably earn promotion in the 2.Bundesliga. We need to mention that they eliminated from the Cup even three Bundesliga teams this season. Wolfsburg form is in decline and they played four matches without winning a single one of them and were eliminated from the Europa League. These two teams had faced each other the last time six years ago in the Bundesliga and then Wolfsburg easily won both matches, in the season when they were they the champions. Begins: 29.04.2015 – 20:30 CET

Arminia Bielefeld

This season will be long remembered in Bielefeld, regardless of the outcome of this match but if they by any chance reach the final it will be written in the club’s history in golden letters. This team have never won the German Cup and to make it all better they are doing very well in the championship and are on verge of return in the 2.Bundesliga, as are the leaders in the standings having six points more than a team who will have to go through a promotion play-off in order to earn its place in German second league. They won Erfurt away on Saturday by high 4-0, which was the second victory in a row, after the one over Munster at home in the last round when they won by 2-1 after a turnaround.

They have eliminated three Bundesliga teams; Hertha, Werder and Borussia M’gladbach in the quarter-finals after a dramatic penalty shoot-out, which was truly a sensation and a sign that can parry to Wolfsburg. Regarding the team, stopper Salger is back in the starting line-up after his suspension due to yellow cards is over and that will be approximately the strongest team on whom coach Meier can count.

Probable lineups Arminia: Schwolow – Dick, Borner, Salger, Schuppan – Junglas, Schutz – Hemlein, Ulm, Mast – Klos

VfL Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg is in light crisis and it is clear now as they didn’t win in last four matches and it can be said this is their first problematic situation this season. They paid it with elimination from the Europa League as they didn’t manage to win Napoli in either of two matches. In the championship they had firstly drawn at home with Schalke, while on Sunday they lost a derby to Borussia M’gladbach, the team who Arminia had eliminated in the quarter-finals. They are definitely not in a position to endanger Bayern who is first and that would be anyway not very realistic development, but now their second place is in danger as Borussia is just four points behind.

They had one point in M’gladbach in the pocket but have received a goal in the last minute and lost. Coach Hecking couldn’t send the strongest team on the pitch because of problems with injuries and fatigue so on the bench had stayed Knoche, Vierinha, Dost, Schurrle and Guilavogui. It is clear that new changes in the team are inevitable now and some of the abovementioned players will play from the first minute.

Probable lineups Wolfsburg: Benaglio – Trasch, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez – Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui – D. Caligiuri, de Bruyne, Perisic – Dost

Arminia Bielefeld – VfL Wolfsburg PICK

Arminia is very dangerous and they have proved it. Given that are the hosts again and that Wolfsburg is in crisis we don’t expect that the guest will easily justify the role of favourites. It could rather happen that the match turns into a tough and uncertain duel with not so many goals.

Pick: under 3 goals

Stake: 6/10

Odds: 1.63 at 10bet (down to 1.56 can be played)

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