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Wolfsburg will be hoping to bounce back at the first time of asking after their first foray into European football for five years ended in a 4-1 humbling at the hands of Everton FC on Matchday 1. LOSC Lille, meanwhile, made a marginally better start to their European campaign, coming from behind in a 1-1 draw at home to FC Krasnodar.
Right-back Sebastian Jung (pictured) was limited to individual training on Tuesday but is confident of featuring in midweek. “If my body doesn’t react badly then it should work out,” claimed the 24-year-old. Elsewhere, Christian Träsch trained for the first time since injuring his shoulder in pre-season, but won’t be rushed back into action.
French international Rio Mavuba is set to miss out through injury for the visitors, while doubts remain about the fitness of Nolan Roux and Marvin Martin. In non-injury related news Simon Kjaer, scorer of Lille’s equaliser two weeks ago returns to face his former cub with whom he spent a largely unsuccessful spell between 2010 and 2013.
Since the days of Grafite and Edin Dzeko, Wolfsburg have struggled to find a big-money replacement, yet Ivica Olic (r.), bought on a free transfer from FC Bayern München in 2012, continues to prove himself as Mr. Reliable. Boasting a work ethic belying his veteran status, the Croatian’s experience alone will be crucial to the Wolves’ chances.
Having burst onto football fans’ radars courtesy of some eye-catching performances for Belgium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 19-year-old Divock Origi has continued to go from strength to strength. Already with three goals and two assists to his name in Ligue 1 this term, the Wolves will need to keep a close eye on the pacey forward.
Naldo: “We want to prove that we’re in good form.”
Olic: “It’s an important game that we want, and must, win.”
Jonathan Delaplace (Lille midfielder): “We need to pick up more points away from home, starting with the trip to Wolfsburg."
Wolfsburg only have two wins to their name in the 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign, though both came at the Volkswagen Arena, including Saturday’s 2-1 win over SV Werder Bremen. Interestingly, the Wolves have never won on home soil against French opposition, while Lille have picked up just one point in their four visits to Germany.
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Jung, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Gustavo - Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Perisic - Olic
Lille: Enyeama - Beria, Kjaer, Basa, Souare - Delaplace, Gueye - Origi, Marcos Lopes, Mendes - Frey