Although Wolfsburg were widely expected to see off Gent in the last round, reaching the last eight of the UEFA Champions League unquestionably amounts to a successful campaign whatever the outcome at this point.
They’ve won all four Champions League games at the Volkswagen Arena this season, beating CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United in the group stage and Gent in the last 16.
By contrast, they’ve had a relatively disappointing Bundesliga campaign to date and are currently just above mid-table. Their form has also dipped of late and they’ve only taken a solitary point from three games since the 2nd leg victory over Gent.
Real Madrid will come into the match on a massive high after their thoroughly deserved 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou to end Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run on Saturday evening. The fact that they scored the winner when down to 10-men will have been especially satisfying. The result will have little bearing on their domestic campaign, as they are highly unlikely to make up the seven-point gap to Barca, but it could be a huge boost to their self-belief.
With winning La Liga all but beyond them, Real Madrid’s sole focus is now on the Champions League. They will be expected to see off Wolfsburg and Zinedine Zidane, only appointed manager in early January, will almost certainly be out of a job should they be eliminated at this stage.
The Spanish giants have yet to lose a game in the Champions League this season, although they’ve not always been hugely convincing. Real have lost just once away from home in their last 11 Champions League games. As ever the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo have often been key and he is leading the way with 13 in the competition this season.
Real Madrid will travel to Germany in buoyant mood and you have to think that they have at least one away goal in them. Wolfsburg are a solid outfit at home though and there may not be great value in taking Los Blancos at fairly short odds-on. A better option might be to back the ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ in the game.