Game: Manchester United Vs VfL Wolfsburg
Competition: UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday 2
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
KO Time: 20:45 (CET)
Champions of England play host to Champions of Germany in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League tie. The Germans made their debut in the competition with a comfortable 3-1 win at home against CSKA Moscow but face a stern test against last season’s losing finalists. If you fancy a nice little bet on this interesting tie, read our preview and bet at –
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions-Manchester United)
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United (Berbatov,O’Shea)
Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wellbeck)
Manchester United 4-3 (Rooney, Fletcher*2, Owen- Barry, Bellamy*2)
Besiktas 0-1 Manchester United (Scholes)
Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United (Defoe- Giggs, Anderson, Rooney)
Manchester United are in great form winning their last seven matches in all competitions and scoring 18 goals. Wayne Rooney would be the main threat to Wolfsburg’s goal. Edwin Van Der Sar, Gabriel Obertan and Owen Hargreaves are the long term absentees for United while Rafael Da Silva returned back to training on Monday and might make the bench.
Manchester United last lost a Champions league tie at home when they were beaten 1-0 by AC Milan in February 2005. They had a record 25 game unbeaten run in the competition which was ended by Barcelona in the 2009 final.
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions-VfL Wolfsburg)
VfL Wolfsburg 4-2 Hannover 96 (Misimovic, Gentner, Hasebe, Dzeko-Balitsch, Madlung (OG))
FC Schalke 04 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg (Höwedes, Dzeko*2)
VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 CSKA Moscow (Grafite*3, Dzagoev)
VfL Wolfsburg 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen (Misimovic, Grafite- Rolfes*2, Kießling)
FC Bayern Munich 3-0 VfL Wolfsburg (Gomez, Robben*2)
The German Champions have regained form after a disappointing start to the season. Grafite, who netted a hat-trick on Matchday 1, will be looking forward to continue his from in the competition. Last season’s top-scorer in Edin Dzeko is showing signs of returning to form scoring four goals in the last eight games. Wolfsburg have no major injury worries or suspensions.
The sides have never met before in any competition. United’s last encounter with a Bundesliga team was a 2-0 win against VfB Sttugart in the 2003/04 group stage. Wolfsburg met Portsmouth in the UEFA Cup group stage last season and beat them 3-2 at Fratton Park.
Match Verdict: – Manchester United’s form at home in Europe and Wolfsburg’s inexperience in the Champions League tilts the tie in favour of the Red Devils but Sir Alex Ferguson will not allow any complacency from his team.
Manchester United 2-0 Wolfsburg (Berbatov, Rooney)