Wolfsburg - After a six-year absence, VfL Wolfsburg return to the UEFA Champions League with exactly the same fixture they began their last campaign: welcoming PFC CSKA Moskva to the Volkswagen Arena.
The Wolves romped their way to a seat at Europe's top table with an impressive second-placed finish last season, and after an impressive domestic start to 2015/16, approach the tie in fine fettle with new signings Julian Draxler and Dante set to play key roles.
- This is Wolfsburg's second Champions League campaign: in 2009/10 the Wolves finished third in Group B, which contained Manchester United FC, CSKA and Besiktas JK. The former two sides also form Group B with Wolfsburg this season (PSV Eindhoven are the remaining club in 2015/16).
- Wolfsburg overcame CSKA 3-1 on their maiden Champions League appearance in September 2009 thanks to a hat-trick from Grafite. Diego Benaglio is the only survivor from that side.
- While playing at former club FC Bayern München, new Wolves' signing Dante faced CSKA four times and prevailed on each occasion.
- CSKA have finished bottom of their group for the last two seasons while goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has conceded at least one goal in his last 31 competition appearances.
- Wolfsburg have won all three games at home against Russian sides in European competition, including a 5-1 victory against FC Krasnodar in the UEFA Europa League last season.
VfL Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Naldo, Dante, R. Rodriguez - Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo - Caligiuri, Draxler, Schürrle - Dost
PFC CSKA Moskva: Akinfeev - Mario Fernandes, V. Berezutskiy, Ignashevich, Shchennikov - Wernbloom, Dzagoev - Tosic, Eremenko, Musa - Doumbia