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Champions League: Wolfsburg vs Manchester United preview

Kick off: Tuesday, 8 December @19:45 GMT

Venue: Volkswagen Arena (Wolfsburg)

Head to head record

Manchester United vs Wolfsburg 2-1 (2014/2015 Champions League)
Wolfsburg vs Manchester United 1-3 (2009/2010 Champions League)
Manchester United vs Wolfsburg 2-1 (2009/2010 Champions League)

Wolfsburg vs Manchester United prediction

Final fixtures of the Champions League Group B are on their way and everything is still open. The Wolves and the Red Devils occupy the first two positions in the standings, but PSV are dangerously close. A win in this match guarantees a first place, defeat a most definite travel to Europa League, while the draw would only benefit the home team.

Chance to make history

Dieter Hecking failed to properly celebrate his 100th game as Wolfsburg’s coach, as his team suffered a home loss against Borussia Dortmund (2-1) last weekend with the goal by Kagawa just seconds before the end, leaving the Wolves to lick their wounds. Kagawa’s goal ended die Wolfe’s run of 29 unbeaten home fixtures in the Bundesliga. Although their morale is struck, Hecking’s men will try to transform the pain from this bitter defeat into a first ever victory against the Red Devils. The Green – whites won both previous home matches with a clean sheet, and this gives Hecking a realistic hope that his squad could finish the group stage with maximum home points, even though a draw will bring them sure advancement to knockout stage. Additionally, Wolfsburg’s win against the Red Devils in this match could present the perfect revenge for all previous defeats, since it would most probably send Van Gaal’s side to Europa League. Nicklas Bendtner believes that failure to qualify to the knockout stage would bring catastrophic consequences to a club as big as United, but I am quite sure that the Lord will not be so sympathetic once the match starts. Wolfsburg star forward Andre Schurrle relishes the opportunity to qualify to the knockout stages and is convinced that his team will make history Tuesday night. After seven consecutive defeats against English clubs, it is high time they won a game.

Dante served his suspension, so he will be available for the match. On the other hand, Luiz Gustavo and Ricardo Rodriguez are in doubt, because of their injuries.

Time to do or die

Although unbeaten in their last fourteen games in all competitions (in regular time anyway), Van Gaal’s squad is facing strong criticism. The Red Devils drew their last three games, scoring a single goal in this period. For a team with such quality forwards, it seems that they play too cautiously in attack, which is starting to seriously annoy the supporters, but the players as well, who are aware that they need to find the killer instinct.

Manchester United are still searching for an away victory in group stage this season. As they failed to secure the place in the knockout stages at home against PSV in the last fixture, fate would have it that they must win at Volkswagen Arena, since any other result would most probably send them to Europa League. If it were up to history, Van Gaal’s men would surely win, since they boast a flawless record against the German team. It’s do-or-die for the Dutch manager, and he will probably rely on the experience of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German international who played numerous games against Wolfsburg. United’s top passer in Premier League this season hopes that the shock defeat by Boruissa has seriously undermined the morale of the Wolfs, that they will play offensively since they have the home advantage and sees the Red Devils’ chance in counter attack. The impotent offensive line, which is facing raging Wolves determined to make the most of a historic opportunity, would be more than happy with a 1-0 win.

The Manchester outfit will be without their captain Wayne Rooney, and also Phil Jones, Morgan Schneiderlin, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera for Tuesday’s game.

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Wolfsburg vs Manchester United betting tip

The Wolves and the Red Devils both have outstanding defensive lines, and it is quite sure that neither of the teams will go storming to attack, but rely more on tactics. I am convinced that we will not see too many goals in this match

Tip: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.78 (39/50) @BetVictor

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