Napoli likely to make Wolfsburg work hard for victory
Wolfsburg have a busy few weeks coming up, beginning with tonight’s Europa League quarter-final, first-leg against Napoli at the Volkswagen Arena.
Dieter Hecking’s side face five matches in 14 days across three competitions and this weekend’s Bundesliga clash with Schalke is probably just as important as their games against the Serie A side. Wolfsburg are currently in possession of an automatic Champions League spot next season and can’t afford to let their standards slip but they have probably been the best team in Germany since the turn of the year having lost just once in 23 matches. They’ve won nine home matches in a row.
Wolfsburg lost twice to Everton in the group stages but are a different team now. Dutch striker Bas Dost is a real threat in attack while former Chelsea stars Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle will join in from midfield. Brazilian defender Naldo is also a danger at set-pieces and the Germans have ex-Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner as back-up should Plan A need refining. They beat Napoli’s Serie A rivals Inter in the last round and will cause plenty of problems for Rafa Benitez’ team.
Wolfsburg are taken to grab a narrow lead ahead of the second leg at 3/4. The draw on the handicap with Napoli receiving a goal start is 59/20.
The match kicks off at 8.05pm on Thursday, April 16 at the Volkswagen Arena.