Wolfsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt Preview

Wolfsburg's last game of 2012 in the Bundesliga pits them against Eintracht Frankfurt.

2 goals in 5 minutes.

While many may have expected a battle between one side pushing for Europe and the other fighting at the bottom before the season started, few would have expected it to be 14th hosting fourth at the VW-Arena.

Frankfurt have emerged as one of the surprises of the season following their promotion to the top flight while Wolfsburg, who started the campaign with their sights set on qualifying for Europe, are instead just two places above the relegation zone.

Their coach Lorenz-Gunther Kostner is not one of those to be surprised by Frankfurt's rise.

"They have several young, energetic and technically strong players," he said.

"Armin Veh's team play a very risky game with short passing and one-twos, but they got a big boost from their very first game when they came from behind to beat Leverkusen.

"They play some great football and have therefore been superior to many sides in the Bundesliga."

It is Kostner's job to ensure they are not superior to his side on Saturday with a win required to bring a more satisfactory end to the year after a difficult start.

"We have got to dictate the play, it's not enough just to react," he said.

"We have got to show what we are made of, and then I am convinced that we will win."

Kostner is unlikely to be able to count on striker Ivica Olic, who has a swollen ankle, although Diego should be fit, despite struggling with an ankle injury which may require more in-depth treatment during the winter break.

Christian Trasch is also likely to use the winter break to undergo surgery, but he should be able to grit his teeth and play one final 90 minutes on Saturday.

Frankfurt could end the year in second place with a win on Saturday, and that is precisely what Veh will be sending his men onto the field to do.

"Of course we are going there to win," he said.

"I want to win even when I go to Bayern Munich, even though I have never managed that, but I still keep on trying.

"I don't know any coach who has said before a game that he'd be happy with a draw."



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