Wolfsburg and Lille will decide who reaches the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 stage in a direct matchup on Wednesday night. Wolfsburg isn’t playing well at all in recent times, and it seems that their form dropped in the worst possible time. On the other side, Lilles is going up, and some of the games lately have shown us that the French champs stabilized following one very shaky period during which they posted mixed results. The hosts have five points, Lille three more, meaning the Wolves need to attack and post a victory.
Wolfsburg (+125) couldn’t win the past five games, losing four and posting one draw. Right now, they are on a three-game negative skid, scoring just once during this stretch. On the other side, the defense has been terrible, conceding at least twice in all those clashes.
There isn’t any consistency in Wolfsburg’s performances, and the injuries play a huge part in all that. Several big-time names are out for the Wolves, which is a big hit for them.
Due to poor defense, the efficiency of the Wolves’ matches rose, and only one of the past five meetings didn’t finish with three or more scores. So, tightening up the defensive line is the most important job for the Germans before Wednesday.
Lille (+220) had a slow start, and wasn’t playing well at all. However, as time went by, they stopped losing often, and for the moment, Ligue 1 champs are without a defeat in seven consecutive clashes.
The signal that the form is going up is three wins and a draw in the last two weeks, with the note that the Dogues posted victories over Red Bull Salzburg and Rennes (on the road) during that stretch.
As for the efficiency, moderate, meaning 2 or 3 goals, has been involved in seven of the latest nine games, and what is interesting is that only one event didn’t see both teams scoring here.
The latest blow for Wolfsburg is Admir Mehmedi’s injury. Casteels and Schlager are both out too. At the same time, Lukas Nmecha won’t play due to a card suspension.
Leonardo and Timothy Weah are the only ones who won’t be eligible due to injuries for the guests in this event. Xeka and Bamba also won’t play, but because of disciplinary reasons.
Head to Head Games
The first game in France saw a goalless draw, but we need to say that the guests had a lot of luck. Lille was more than dominant, but the hosts didn’t execute properly, thus failing to score a goal, which was the main reason why they took only one point from this event.
The Dogues are much better, and we can’t imagine seeing them losing this game. The reason why we say this is Wolfsburg’s poor form. Also, Lille’s win over Rennes on the road is another factor and that game was the moment we realized that the Dogues are back on track. Therefore, we suggest betting on a double chance, draw, or Lille.
Pick: draw or Lille -190
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