Union Berlin vs Wolfsburg predictions and betting tips on 31 January 2023
On January 31, An der Alten Försterei Stadium (Berlin) will host the 1/8 final match of the DFB Pokal, in which Union Berlin will compete with Wolfsburg. The battle will start at 20:45 CET.
The club seems to have been climbing the stairs for more than a year, reaching higher and higher results step by step. First, it turned out to break into the Bundesliga for the first time in its history (if we do not take into account the successes in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik), then – the debut in the European competitions, and then – the 5th place in the final standings. It was assumed that the next stage would be a more successful period – the fight for the Champions League, moreover, the wards of Urs Fischer were leading the table for a long time in the autumn. They simply did not have enough strength in the conditions of the classic “war on two fronts”. In January, the team started to win again, albeit not the easiest one – Hoffenheim was defeated with a 3-1 score, but until the 73rd minute of the game “the Peasants” were leading. The higher mentioned victory was followed by important successes with Werder Bremen and, in the derby, with Hertha.
The team gave its fans diametrical emotions during the previous years. First, under the rule of Glasner, it “climbed” to the 4th place, which could give a ticket to the Champions League. But the management quarrelled with Oliver, and, as a result, the coach moved to Eintracht, where he immediately won in the Europa League. Being without the Austrian specialist, “the Wolves” were blown away and finished the tournament below the “equator” of the final standings in the Bundesliga. Moreover, even with the current coach, Kovac, there was a difficult start in the new championship. Still, the team gained momentum in the autumn and achieved a series of victories. Even after the end of a long pause, the higher mentioned victorious period continued in a pretty splendid way: it scored 6 goals in the home match with Freiburg without conceding, then, there was a 5-0 success in the struggle with Hertha, that happened also in Berlin. The battle against Werder was lost with a 1-2 score.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Speaking about this pair, it is reasonable to mention that the guests have never won. Moreover, those were the hosts of the arena who always won in 4 previous matches.
Bookmakers consider Union to be the favourite of the battle. Nevertheless, it can be “swallowed up” by an unexpected struggle for the Silver Salad Bowl. Thus, it is reasonable to use a neutral option of a bet on “total: over 2.0” (odd: 1.61).