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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 18,757) 21st October 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Rosetti

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs Besiktas Besiktas

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Grafite (S/O 74)

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Wolfsburg v Besiktas preview

Both sides looking to close gap on group leaders Man Utd

By Richard Bailey.   Last Updated: 21/10/09 4:37pm

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Grafite: Could start alongside Dzeko

Grafite: Could start alongside Dzeko

Wolfsburg will look to return to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League when they host Besiktas in Group B.

SKY BET ODDS Wolfsburg to win by exactly 1 goal 11/4 or Martins to score first 8/1 Bet Now

The Germans were unlucky in losing 2-1 at Manchester United last time out and impressed with their incisive attacking at Old Trafford.

Having beaten CSKA on match day one Wolfsburg boss Armin Veh knows the importance of winning your home games if you are to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

The Bundesliga champions have never met Turkish opposition before while Besiktas have failed to beat any German side in five attempts so it could be a night of firsts at the Volkswagen Arena.

Wolfsburg warmed up to the match with a 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach thanks to two stoppage time strikes while Besiktas continued their improved form with a 2-1 win of their own over Kasimpasa.

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Wolfsburg have no injuries to contend with going into the clash but Veh must decide who will partner Edin Dzeko, who opened the scoring against United, up front.

Both Grafite, who bagged a hat-trick against CSKA, and former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins are fit but Veh has yet to decide who will start alongside Dzeko.

Forward Filip Holosko (broken foot) will be missing for Besiktas but better new comes with the fact that club captain Ibrahim Toraman made his first appearance of the season at the weekend following heel surgery.

The Turkish international was deployed as a defensive midfielder instead of his more natural position of centre-back and could be asked to perform a similar role on Wednesday.

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Matches

  • UEFA Champions League

    Wed 21st Oct - Group B
    • CSKA Mosc
      0 - 1
      Man Utd
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    • Wolfsburg
      0 - 0
      Besiktas
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    Wed 21st Oct - Group D
    • FC Porto
      2 - 1
      Apoel Nicosia
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    • Chelsea
      4 - 0
      A Madrid
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    Wed 21st Oct - Group A
    • Juventus
      1 - 0
      Maccabi Haifa
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    • Bordeaux
      2 - 1
      Bay Munich
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    Wed 21st Oct - Group C
    • FC Zurich
      0 - 1
      Marseille
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    • R Madrid
      2 - 3
      AC Milan
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Tables

UEFA Champions League Group A

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Manchester United 6 14
2 Bayer Leverkusen 6 10
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 8
4 Real Sociedad 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group B

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 6 16
2 Galatasaray 6 7
3 Juventus 6 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 4

UEFA Champions League Group C

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 6 13
2 Olympiakos FC 6 10
3 Benfica 6 10
4 Anderlecht 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group D

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6 15
2 Manchester City 6 15
3 FC Viktoria Plzen 6 3
4 CSKA Moscow 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group E

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 6 12
2 Schalke 6 10
3 Basel 6 8
4 FC Steaua Bucuresti 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group F

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 6 12
2 Arsenal 6 12
3 Napoli 6 12
4 Marseille 6 0

UEFA Champions League Group G

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 6 16
2 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 6
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 Austria Vienna 6 5

UEFA Champions League Group H

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 6 13
2 AC Milan 6 9
3 Ajax 6 8
4 Celtic 6 3

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