Venue: Volkswagen Arena (Wolfsburg)
Both teams are meeting for the first time in a UEFA competition.
Wolfsburg have one win from their last five games.
They are yet to lose a competitive home match this term (W2, D1).
Sevilla are unbeaten in the seven games they have played this season (W4, D3).
They haven’t won any of their last six meetings with German clubs (D3, L3 – 90 minutes only).
Head to head
This is the first time both sides are meeting in their history.
After a five-year absence, the Volkswagen Arena will have its first taste of UEFA Champions League football this Wednesday when Wolfsburg face Sevilla.
The home team opened their UCL account this season with a nil-nil draw with Lille last week and will look to make their first UCL home game since April 2016 memorable by picking up three points here.
But they have failed to win any of their last three matches and are entering this tie fresh from a 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim over the weekend–their first defeat of the season.
However, their good record at home in the UCL will encourage them as they have triumphed in each of their last five UCL fixtures played at home.
With every team in the group tied on points, they will hope to take a win here to move top of this relatively easy group.
Meanwhile, John Brooks is suspended after his red card in their last match against Lille.
While William, Paulo Otavio, Bartosz Bialek, and Xaver Schlager are all injured and will miss the game.
But Dodi Lukebakio is expected to feature after returning from an injury.
Possible Wolfsburg starting line-ups
Koen Casteels; Jerome Roussill, Maxence Lacroix, Sebastiaan Bornauw, Kevin Mbabu; Maximilian Arnold, Josuha Guilavogui; Ridle Baku, Maximilian Philipp, Dodi Lukebakio; Wout Weghorst.
AFTER DRAWING THEIR FIRST GAME WITH SALZBURG, six-time UEFA Europa League winners, Sevilla will travel to Germany to pick up their first win in the UCL this season.
Julen Lopetegui’s side head into this tie in good form and are without a loss in 12 games. Also, they have not lost a UCL away game since October 2017 (W3, D4), with two of those draws coming against German clubs.
However, they haven’t won any of their last six meetings with German opponents (D3, L3—90 minutes only) and have been kicked out of the tournament by German sides in the last two seasons (Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich).
They will now look to put those bad memories behind them by picking up three points here. With four wins (D3) from their opening games in all competitions this term, they will fancy their chances of picking up a win here.
Lopetegui will be without Nemanja Gudelj, who misses out with an injury, while Youssef En-Nesyri won’t feature after his red card against Salzburg last time out.
Possible Sevilla starting line-ups
Bono; Marcos Acuna, Diego Carlos, Jules Kounde, Jesus Navas; Thomas Delaney, Ivan Rakitic, Joan Jordan; Suso, Lucas Ocampos, Rafa Mir.
This game has the signs of being a tight encounter, considering the quality of both teams.
But Wolfsburg have the advantage of a home crowd who will be witnessing their first UCL in over five years and will be in their boisterous best to help their team win.