Wolfsburg seek Sporting win in Europa League last 32
Wolfsburg will hope they can transfer their fine Bundesliga form into Europe, as they host Sporting Lisbon in the last 32 of the Europa League.
They are heavily odds-on at 8/13 with Coral to defeat Portuguese giants Sporting and were involved in an enthralling match last time out in the league, away against Bayer Leverkusen, with the match ending 5-4 to Dieter Hecking’s side.
Andre Schurrle has already faced Sporting this term, for Chelsea when the Portuguese outfit were in the Champions League group stage. The German attacker also scored at Stamford Bridge in the 3-1 victory, so will be aware of the strengths and weaknesses throughout the side, and what he can exploit. This time around, he is 5/1 to break the deadlock.
The 24-year-old is confident that he made the right move on transfer deadline day, opting to leave Chelsea to sign for the German outfit.
“I have been a Chelsea fan ever since I was a kid and I felt well there right until the last day. But the most important thing for me is playing football and enjoying myself. This was no longer the case,” Schurrle told German media.
“Wolfsburg might be a smaller club when you look at reputations and I thought about it long and hard. I could have stayed at Chelsea. Mourinho told me that I would get my chance.
“You have to make a decision, though, and in the end I only wanted to play football again. Germany coach Joachim Low told me it would be a great move for me and that is why Wolfsburg are a step forward for me,” he continued. “Wolfsburg have a great team as well and can play for silverware in the Bundesliga and in Europe.”
Likely to come up against him is Manchester United loanee Nani; however, he hasn’t been as effective as perhaps Lisbon would have liked him to be following his return to Portugal, scoring just eight goals and contributing six assists. Nani is 16/5 to score anytime.
Interestingly, lethal hitman Bas Dost, who grabbed a four-goal haul against Leverkusen and has scored nine in 10 Bundesliga appearances, hasn’t netted in the Europa League yet this season. The deadly Dutchman is 4/1 to open the scoring, and will be full of confidence.
Kevin De Bruyne is also a serious threat for the home side. The Belgian, who, like Schurrle is also a former Blues player, and has scored three times in the competition this term, and 17/10 to net anytime.
Fredy Montero is one to watch for the visitors, and is a lively presence up front, having hit 10 times so far this term, and is 7/1 to net first, while Andre Carillo is a 16/5 shout anytime.