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Michael Taylor 29th Sep 2009 - 15:55

The writing’s never on the wall when Grafite’s about

Brilliant Brazilian Grafite proved that his talent isn't limited to the Bundesliga when he buried CSKA Moscow with a sensational hat-trick and he's now out to make an even bigger name for himself when Wolfsburg travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

German champions Wolfsburg made their Champions League debut two weeks ago but you'd never have recognised their inexperience as they romped to an impressive 3-1 win over former UEFA Cup winners CSKA.

That result came as even more of surprising given the shaky start they have made in defence of their Bundesliga title but, as Bayern Munich have shown, German teams in Europe can never be underestimated.

And that is sure to be the message Sir Alex Ferguson is blasting out to his experienced team of superstars in the build up to what should be an exciting encounter at the Theatre of Dreams.

United obviously start the match as short favourites (1/3) and it is a match that they should come through with relative ease - but only if the Red Devils defence keep a keen eye on the deadly duo of Grafite and young Bosnian Edin Dzeko.

It's that partnership that fired Wolfsburg to their first league title ever and it's that partnership that will be relied upon to put pressure on a United defence that is so dominant in the Champions League.

If they manage to combine as effectively as they do in Germany and both find the net then it'll have Man Utd worried and punters collecting 11/4 for Grafite and 7/2 Dzeko.

Just as importantly for Armin Veh's side though is to avoid the costly mistakes that has seen them already fall to three defeats in their opening seven league games.

Home losses to Hamburg and Leverkusen and an away loss in Munich bode badly as they face up to one of the very best in Europe in Man Utd.

The worst part is their porous defence that has seen them concede 14 goals in those 7 games.

If they afford the likes of Rooney, Owen or Berbatov that sort of space then they could find their backs against the wall in the very early stages of the game.

Rooney, who seems to be thriving since the selling of Ronaldo, looks little value at 4/5 to score anytime but at 11/2 to score twice during the game there could be some money to be made.

We all know about England's talisman's goalscoring record - he's hot one minute, cold the next but he could easily fashion out two goals against what appears to be one of the weaker defence they'll come across in Europe this season.

One thing that should be a certainty, if it goes on past form, is goals.

United are coming off the back of an amazing 4-3 Manchester derby performance while Wolfsburg have already managed to bang in an amazing 18 goals in all competitions this season.

It makes the 10/1 about 3-1 United look interesting, while I may find a few quid to get on the huge 50/1 about a 4-2 United win.



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