Bayern Munich sent a real message to their title rivals by beating Schalke at their Veltins Arena, with the Bavarians now expected to have an easy job against struggling Wolfsburg.
The Wolves could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Greuter Furth, which saw them extend their winless run to three games.
Every time Bayern fail to win the Bundesliga title, they invest considerable amount of money into new players to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Despite the heavy summer spending in 2011, the Bavarians lost the second successive league title to Borussia Dortmund, which only made them more determined to finally make things right this term.
Boosted by the heavy spending in off-season, Jupp Heynckes’ side got off to an impressive start, beating BVB in the German Super Cup before recording four straight victories in Bundesliga.
Taking into account the DFB Pokal win over Jahn Regensburg and Champions League triumph over Valencia, Bavarians are now on a seven-match winning run, so no wonder William Hill has them at 1.25 (1/4) to make it eight in a row.
Talented full-back David Alaba has resumed training after spending last two months on the sidelines, but neither he nor Mario Gomez are available for selection.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber – Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez – Robben, Kroos, Ribery – Mandzukic.
Wolfsburg are slowly becoming famous for performing well below their potential and it looks as though nothing has changed this season.
The opening away win over Stuttgart appeared to be a step in the right direction, but the 4-0 home defeat to Hannover showed that clearly wasn’t the case.
Following disappointing draws with Augsburg and Greuther Furth, the Wolves arrive to Alianz Arena low on confidence, so odds of 1.91 (10/11) offered at Sportingbet on Wolfsburg not to score could be worth a shot.
Having lost 11 of their last 18 Bundesliga games on the travels, Wolves will find it hard to match red-hot Bayern on their Alianz Arena.
Talented midfielder Robin Knoche, who impressed at the weekend, is out with a hand injury, while Vaclav Pilar and Patrick Helmes remain long-term casualties.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Benaglio – Fagner, Naldo, Pogatetz, Rodriguez – Kahlenberg, Kjaer – Olic, Diego, Schafer – Dost.