Wolfsburg will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16. The two teams will face each other for the first time in history, with the Germans starting this particular duel at home. At the Volkswagen Arena, the ball starts to roll at 8 pm.
After a smooth tie against Malmo, the German team has now a more complicated challenge against the Ukrainians. They enter the field in a series of two consecutive draws that extend another series of eight consecutive games without losing, including five wins in that process. In the last five games, four witnessed more than 2.5 goals. Playing at home, Wolfsburg lost only one of the last 10 games and only in that game they conceded more than once at their stadium.
Shakhtar enters the field after a difficult tie against Benfica. The Ukrainians lost just one of their last 12 games and come to this match after two consecutive wins. Uncontested leader of the Ukrainian League, Shakhtar is looking for a new favorable result away from home, after scoring three goals at Benfica's home. Three of Shakhtar's last five games produced more than 4.5 goals.
Wolfsburg: Kevin Mbabu, Mamoudou Karamoko, Josuha Guilavogui, William and Ignacio Camacho are injured.
Shakhtar Donetsk: Taras Stepanenko, Maksym Malyshev and Manor Solomon are injured.
We believe that both teams will score in the first leg.
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