On Saturday March 17th Nurnberg will host Wolfsburg. A month or two ago, Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath declared the goal for the season would be to qualify for Europa League football by finishing at least 7th in the league. Despite a thrilling 3-2 victory over Leverkusen in the last matchday, I can't see it happening. Long gone are the days of the magical trio of Misimovic, Grafite and Edin Dzeko, also gone from the 2009 championship winning side are Christian Gentner, now of Stuttgart and Sascha Reither, now of Koln. Now the team is slap bang in the middle of a transition period and a monumental re-building process.
I think Nurnberg can take advantage of Wolfsburg's disastrous away form and win. The game before Leverkusen, away at Kaiserslautern, the Bundesliga's rock bottom team the Wolves were lucky to get away with a 0-0. Nurnberg are a solid team, a unit that work together and function well, almost mechanical. They don't have the flair or pace of a team like Monchengladbach but their determination and team work breaks teams down. A testament to this is the fact that Nurnberg's goals are shared through out the team, spread through defenders to attackers, and that their top scorer, Tomas Pekhart, only has 5 goals himself.
Nurnberg are currently available at 2.1 on Betfair.