Wolfsburg hold the advantage when they take on Belgian side Gent at Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League knockout draw. The match is scheduled on 8th March 2016, 19:45 GMT at Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg.
The Germans were leading 3-0 at Ghelamco Arena, courtesy of a double from Julian Draxler and Max Kruse, before goals from Sven Kums and Kalifa Coulibaly in the last ten minutes handed the Belgian side a narrow hope in the return leg.
Taking a 3-2 lead gives Wolfsburg a big advantage in the second leg to played at home, as they are just need a draw or avoid a defeat by more than 1 goal margin from their visitors.
Team Form Comparison
Wolfsburg are currently 7th in the Bundesliga, with Champions League qualification spot for next season at 5 point gap. They tasted defeat only once in their last five league games, before going winless in the previous 7. They have scored atleast a goal in 12 of their last 13 matches, the only time they failed to score was in the 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich, a week after their first leg win at Gent.
Gent could have been top of the Belgian Pro League, but their recent form took them 2 points below league leaders Brugge. They lost twice and drawn one in their last five league games, which may well deny them the league title as there is just one more match left.
Wolfburg: Team News
Sebastian Jung, Bas Dost, Paul Seguin and Naldo are inured for the Wolves, while Diego Benaglio and Nicklas Bendtner are doubts.
Wolfsburg head-coach Dieter Hecking could once again deploy Julian Draxler as a false nine up-front and field and unchanged eleven as used against the 2-1 win over Gladbach at the weekend.
Wolfsburg: Predicted Line-up vs Gent (4-3-3)
Casteels – Rodriguez, Dante, Knoche, Vieirinha – Arnold, Gustavo, Guilavogui – Kruse, Schurrle, Draxler.
Gent: Team News
Hannes Van Der Bruggen, Peter Olayinka and Gustav Wikheim will miss the trip to Wolfsburg due to their respective injuries.
The Gent boss Hein Vanhaezebrouck could field the same starting eleven which lost 3-2 in the first leg against Wolfsburg two weeks ago.
Gent: Predicted Line-up vs Wolfsburg (4-2-3-1)
Sels- Foket, Nielsen, Mitrovic, Asare – Neto, Kums – Milicevic, Dejaegere, Simon – Depoitre.
Wolfsburg vs Gent: Head-to-Head Stats
The clash in the round of 16 first leg was the first meeting between Wolfsburg and Gent. Moreover, the German side had never faced a Belgian opponents in Europen competitions before this.
Meanwhile, Gent have faced German opponents twice before, Eintracht Frankfurt in 1991 edition of Europa League and Werder Bremen in 2001 edition of Intertoto Cup. They are yet to win in German soil, after losing both of their away fixtures.
Wolfsburg vs Gent: Prediction
Wolfsburg are in a perfect position to advance to the quarter finals as they carry a win and 3 goals to the second leg tie in front of their home crowd. It’s up to them not to lose the tie from here.
Meanwhile, Gent has done well in their debut Champions League campaign and they need to win here by two or more goals. The have finished the first leg in good style by scoring two in the last 10 minutes and if they can manage an early goal at Volkswagen Arena, they could split the equation wide open.