Bochum were crowned champions of 2.Bundesliga last season and they will hope to carry some of the momentum into the new campaign among the big boys of Germany. However, this could be a baptism of fire, especially as their star striker from the previous season has decided to chase the money.

That can be the only explanation why Robert Zulj has jumped ship to a club from the United Arab Emirates and that robs Bochum of a prize scoring asset, with the forward having scored fifteen times and created thirteen assists last term.

It all stacks up for a potentially difficult season for the visitors to the Volkswagen Arena, with Wolfsburg having achieved fourth place in the Bundesliga last season which means they will be participating in the Champions League this term.

The Wolves have been busy in the transfer market to land players such as Bornauw, Vranckx, Nmecha and Philipp. It therefore appears that the home side will be even stronger in their battle for top honours this term, even if they don’t manage to get on terms with the leading sides.

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