With 2015-16 Euro Soccer on the move, we now are looking at the 2nd day of the 2016 UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – 1st Leg with KAA Gent (2nd in Belgian Pro League) playing the VFL Wolfsburg (8th in Bundesliga) with the game being played this Wednesday the 17th of February 2016 at the Ghelamco Arena in Gent, Belgium with the kick-off at 2:45 PM ET.
If you are one to Bet on Soccer and at SBG the early odds in this match-up have Wolfsburg at +165 on Money Line with Total Under at 2 ½ -120 and PK -115 on the Goal Line, while Gent is at +180 on the Money Line and on the Goal line PK-105 with the draw at +230.
The KAA Gent is the 1st team from Belgium in 15 years, to make it to the knockout stage of this Champions League Tournament. On this date they will host this Wednesday Wolfsburg of Germany who was the team that knocked Manchester United out of this UEFA Tournament.
If you’re a fan of Gent, your Belgium team has been the biggest surprise to date as the made it to this knockout stage, as they make their 1st ever appearance, and with a team that has had not outstanding talent on their team this 2015-16 season.
But you must be proud of their efforts as the performed well and took advantage in Group as they were victorious in their ultimate 3 games in the group, beating Valencia CF, Lyon and FC Zenit who won the group, but those wins allowed Gent to advance.
On advantage that Gent has in this round is that no one expected them to make it this far, and therefore they will not be playing under any pressure. Plus they are not the team that will let that fact go to their heads, so watch to play cautiously, as they hope their star D. Milisevic can produce some magical scoring for the team, as to date he has scored some 3 times in the group stage and is the only player at Gent to score more than 1 goal to date.
So it expected your Gent team will continue their great form of play that they ended the UEFA group stage. In all in their ultimate 8 league games they won 3 and both of their 2 losses were on the road. To date Gent in the Champions League are with 11 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw at home.
For the fans of Wolfsburg you know your need had a draw in their final group game with Manchester United that eliminated Manchester and gave Wolfsburg their slot in the Round of 16 this season. Also at home they beat Man U. 3-2, to go to the top of Group A having only 2 losses with 4 victories.
Even with the success that they have had in this knockout round, they still have not discovered the form that allowed them to finish 2nd in the Bundesliga last season to Bayern Munich. One reason they have not achieved that same level of performance is that their star player K. Bruyne transferred to Manchester City.
One thing that is problematic this season is Wolfsburg’s terrible record for road games this season of 2015-2016. In their ultimate 13 away games in their Bundesliga and the Champions League games they have only managed 2 wins, 3 losses and 8 draws, and 3 of the losses on the road were to some 6 league games this season.
However their poor record on road games will not stop their Coach Heckling from starting a roster that plays aggressive and seeks goals to win this away game, and they do have some wonders in J. Draxler, M. Kruse and A. Schurrie who have excellent skills for attacking that can loosen up the defense of Gent in this game.
In their ultimate 3 games their star has been Draxler who scored 2 times in those games, 1 of which was against Ingolstadt that was their 1st win since beating Man U.
The online betting prediction for this 1st Leg of Round 16 of the UEFA Champions League will see Wolfsburg gets a crucial 1 to 1 draw against Gent.