Wolfsburg Vs Desna Betting Tip: Home & Over 2.5 Goals – 24 September 2020

Germans expected to seal progression at expense of newcomers

Davide Itter / Wolfsburg ©imago images / Joachim Sielski September 18, 2020

Wolfsburg Vs Desna

Thursday 24 September 2020 – 19:15 (GMT)
UEFA Europa League
Pick: Wolfsburg & Over 2.5 Goals
Odds: 4/6
Bookmaker: Betway
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 21 September 2020)

Preview: Europa League newcomers FC Desna have been handed a daunting match-up with Germans VFL Wolfsburg in the third qualifying round, and to make the task at hand even more formidable, the tie will be played in Germany inside Volkswagen Arena.

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Wolfsburg Preview – Packed schedule should have Wolves up to speed?

Very little time for respite in these early throes of 2020-21 as Wolfsburg gear up for their fourth competitive outing inside twelve days, this time in the Europa League. The club are bidding to reach the group stage for the second season running, having finished runners-up in their section last time around on the way to losing in the Round of 16 to the biggest name in Ukrainian football, Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Wolves should be better for the experience though. Meanwhile, the fact they’ve already sampled the best that Ukraine has to offer should guide them in their efforts to negotiate Thursday’s tie with FC Desna Chernihiv, a team which finished 26 points worse off in fourth in last season’s Ukrainian Premier League. Wolfsburg beat FK Kukesi in the previous round, running out comfortable 4-0 winners in Albania.

Oliver Glasner oversaw a slightly frustrating 0-0 draw on Sunday, however, as his team got their Bundesliga campaign underway at home to Bayer Leverkusen. Frustrating in the sense that their performance warranted more than a mere point, after limiting last term’s fifth best team in Germany to no big chances whilst creating two of their own (WOL 1.13 – 0.46 BAY). They face a trip to Freiburg on Sunday.


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Desna Preview – European debutantes face tall order in Germany?

The draw has not been especially kind for the latest club from Ukraine to sample continental competition, and it could mean the club’s first ever foray into the Europa League is remarkably brief. That is unless FC Desna Chernihiv, who are a team comprised almost exclusively of native Ukrainians, can spring a surprise inside Volkswagen Arena over in Germany.

There was no upsetting of the apple cart in Ukraine last term, with Shakhtar Donetsk once again cruising to the national title. Desna, however, made history by finishing in fourth, winning roughly half of their 32 league matches (W17 D5 L10) as they amassed only three fewer points than European regulars Dynamo Kiev – a side they beat home and away. Though all three meetings with Shakhtar ended in narrow defeats.

It is difficult to draw any conclusions from their record in Ukraine between the start of last season and now, however, this was a team which fared better on their travels. Ten of their seventeen victories in last season’s league campaign were accrued in this fashion, while their rate of goals improved greatly on the road netting, on average, twice per away game (2.19).

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Wolfsburg Vs FC Desna Betting Advice

Ukrainian side FC Desna are something of an unknown, with this the club’s first experience of European football. A lack of experience at this level is going to count against them, even more so now that they’ve been drawn against an established club in German stalwarts VFL Wolfsburg, who were good enough to finish second in last season’s group stage campaign.


Wolfsburg Vs Desna – Key Facts

  • Four of the five home matches Wolfsburg played in this competition last season finished with both team scoring as well as three or more goals.
  • In last season’s Ukrainian Premier League, FC Desna registered more wins and goals scored in their away matches (W10 D2 L4, GF35 GA16).
  • With FC Desna set to make their first ever appearance in a major European competition, Thursday’s meeting in Germany will represent the first meeting between the clubs.


In the previous round, Wolfsburg eased to victory in Albania against FK Kukesi. The Germans are priced as though they will do the same here, however, Desna do at least hail from a stronger league, while their record domestically last season suggests they’re more than capable of posing a threat in attack. The vastly superior quality and pedigree of the hosts should ultimately tell, though. 3-1 Wolfsburg.

Best Betting Odds – Wolfsburg Vs Desna

Wolfsburg – 2/11 (Betway)
Draw – 6/1 (BetVictor)
Desna – 17/1 (Unibet)