A first-ever place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals is within VfL Wolfsburg's reach as they prepare to welcome Belgian side KAA Gent to the Volkswagen Arena for the second leg of their Round of 16 tie on Tuesday (kick-off 20:45CET/19:45GMT).
The Wolves appear to be within touching distance of making club history by reaching the last eight of the competition after earning the upper hand with a thrilling 3-2 triumph in the first leg in Belgium last month. "We'd like to represent German football in the quarter-finals," said head coach Dieter Hecking ahead of the encounter. "We'll have to give it everything we've got."
Wolfsburg appeared all but through to the next round after racing into a 3-0 lead, but two late goals from Gent reignited the Belgian outfit's hopes of progressing. However, with those three away goals to fall back on, the Wolves would advance with a victory, a draw or even a 1-0 or 2-1 defeat.
- If Wolfsburg make it through, they will reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
- The Wolves won all three of their home games in the competition's group stage this season, beating PFC CSKA Moskva 1-0, PSV Eindhoven 2-0 and Manchester United FC 3-2.
- Julian Draxler scored twice in the first leg in Ghent and he has found the net in each of Wolfsburg's last two Bundesliga games.
- Gent have suffered defeats in four of their last seven outings in all competitions.
- In the unlikely event of a penalty shootout, it would be the Wolves' first in European competition.
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Träsch, Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez - Arnold, Gustavo - Vieirinha, Draxler, Schürrle - Kruse.
Unavailable: Dost (foot), Ascues (knee), Jung (knee), Naldo (shoulder), Benaglio (stomach)
Gent: Sels - Asare, Mitrovic, Nielsen - Kums, Neto - Dejaegere, Milicevic, Foket - Simon, Depoitre.
Unavailable: Matton (foot), Nielsen (hamstring), Milicevic (ankle)