UCL Group G Clash : Wolfsburg V/S Sevilla

It’s Wolfsburg vs Sevilla in the Champions League. Wolfsburg draws against Lille saw a run of four straight wins come to an end and Die Wolfe has not managed a win since then. They were beaten 3-1 by Hoffenheim in their last game and will now be looking to return to winning ways on Wednesday.

Sevilla has been very impressive in their league assignments and is one of four clubs without defeat in La Liga so far. They will be hoping to carry their league form onto the European stage and advance from their group.

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Why Should You be Watching?

Wolfsburg is winless in their last three games and needs a win to restore confidence and morale in the side. Sevilla, on the other hand, are unbeaten across all competitions this season and will be looking to kickstart their Champions League run with a win

Build Up with key facts

  • Weghorst is averaging a goal every 181 minutes so far this season.
  • Wolfsburg have conceded just 0.75 goals on average across their eight competitive fixtures this season.
  • Wolfsburg have won three of their last four home European games, and their last five Champions League matches at the Volkswagen Arena.
  • Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen 2017-21), Karim Rekik (Hertha Berlin 2017-20), Delaney (Bremen 2017-18, Dortmund 2018-21) and Rakitic (Schalke 2007-11) made a combined 366 appearances in the Bundesliga.
  • Sevilla have lost four of their last six games against Bundesliga opposition, including a 3-2 defeat at Dortmund in the 2020/21 round of 16

Form

Wolfsburg form: DWDDL

Sevilla form: DDDWW

Head to Head

Wolfsburg and Sevilla will face each other for the very first time on Wednesday. All four teams in their group have one point, so Wolfsburg and Sevilla will both be hoping to get the win to move up the table. Wolfsburg goes into the game on Wednesday on a three-game winless run while Sevilla is unbeaten across all competitions this season.

Predicted Lineups

Wolfsburg

Formation -4-2-3-1

Casteels; Mbabu, Brooks, Bornauw, Roussillon; Arnold, Guilavogui; Nmecha, Philipp, Baku; Weghorst

Wolfsburg will be forced into a defensive change following Brooks’s sending off and subsequent suspension, so Sebastiaan Bornauw should come into partner Maxence Lacroix at center-back.

William, Xaver Schlager, Bartosz Bialek, and Paulo Otavio make up the hosts’ injured quartet, and Van Bommel may ponder attacking changes given his side’s complete lack of firepower against Lille.

Sevilla

Formation –4-3-3

Bono; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Acuna; Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic; Suso, Mir, Ocampos

Nemanja Gudelj is out injured and will miss Wednesday’s game. Youssef En-Nesyri received a red card last time out and is suspended for the match.

Players to Watch Out For

Wolfsburg

Weghorst

Overall, he has played 226 games in various leagues including Europa League, and has 86 goals and 21 assists to his name. Most of his goals have come in Eredivisie, 45 goals in 119 games whereas 6 goals came in 8 Europa League games. He has so far been the talisman for Wolfsburg with his prowess upfront and might start to prove his ambition with Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg

Kevin Mbabu

Mbabu boasts a 6-foot-tall and stocky frame which makes him a physical match for the majority of opponents he comes up against and means he’s no pushover in the air either. His exceptional stamina and moderate pace also allow him to marshall the entire length of the right flank, a standardized requirement of modern fullbacks these days.

Sevilla

Jesus Navas

Navas has played the most number of matches for Sevilla. He helped Sevilla to win 2 UEFA Cups and 5 other major titles which include 2 Copa Del Rey, 2 Spanish Super Cup, and 1 UEFA Super Cup. The name of the training ground of the club, “Estadio Jesús Navas” is named in his honor after he won the World Cup with Spain in 2010.

Sevilla - Kounde and Navas
Sevilla – Kounde and Navas

Kounde

Jules Kounde is a new-era defender that prefers to delay his actions in order to force his opponents into making mistakes by closing down the angles. A versatile performer, Kounde can line up at right-back if needed, as well as his usual position at the heart of the defense. Not only is he able to sniff out opponents and come out on top in aerial duels, but he also has a knack for winning them even against the tallest of forwards.

Conclusion

Wolfsburg is winless in their last three games and needs a win to restore confidence and morale in the side. Sevilla, on the other hand, is unbeaten across all competitions this season and will be looking to kickstart their Champions League run with a win. The La Liga side should get the victory this week.

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