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Nic Ladds 7th Dec 2009 - 12:43

United's makeshift defence won't keep the Wolfs from the door

Wolfsburg stand the best chance they will ever have of ending Manchester United's remarkable run of 14 unbeaten away Champions League games and due to United's injury problems, the German side are actually 5/4 favourites with the away team 7/4.

Sir Alex Ferguson has seen his defence ripped to pieces over the last few weeks with Nemana Vidic the latest casualty and with his side already though, he may not want to jeopardize any more players. Wolfsburg sit in second but need to do at least as well as CSKA Moscow and Besiktas in order to make progression a certainty and therefore playing for anything less than a win would be foolish.

A draw at 9/4 would be enough for United to finish top and Wolfsburg to qualify second but for those that have seen the German side play, that is simply not their style. Goals are their game both scoring and conceding them - a style which saw them capture the Bundesliga title last season and 17 of their 21 matches this season have featured over 2.5 goals (over 2 goals is 23/20 with under at 2/1).

Their attacking talents are plentiful with Edin Dzeko and Grafite both 11/2 to score first, Zvjezdan Misimovic who has six in the league already at 15/2 and one player familiar to English fans, Obafemi Martins at 6/1 who's searing pace could be more than a handful for United's make shift defence.

This is the reason that this is not the usual piece crowing about how the Red Devils will sweep aside their inferior opposition. Inferior in theory yes, but it has been reported United's starting defence will have the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and even Ryan Giggs featuring, along with around five unknown youth players, they will be unlikely to keep out the formidable Wolfsburg attack.

This does not mean they won't score though and assuming Fergie sets out to win then Wayne Rooney will be a lot people's idea of a first scorer at 11/2 with Michael Owen 6/1 along with Federico Machea and Danny Wellbeck who could get the nod if Ferguson decides it is not worth risking more first team players when already through.

You can be sure though that United won't let this unbeaten record slip easily and with a draw being enough for both sides there is always the chance that 1-1 at 9/2 or 2-2 at 14/1 could be enough for the pair with the 8/1 for 0-0 making no appeal. Wolfsburg need to win 1-0 (5/1), 2-1 (15/2) or bigger than that to top the group, any other result and they are second at best.

United to score a victory can be backed at big prices considering who they are, for example 2-0 is 11/1, 2-1 8/1 and 3-1 22/1.

Those looking for more diverse bets should be in clover if they get on both teams to score at 10/11 while it is fair to think the second half will be the highest scoring at evens as either Wolfsburg chase the game, or United throw on their youth players who could get found out.

There will be those who cannot believe their luck that they can back United at odds against in the Champions League but against an attacking force like Wolfsburg's their new look defence will have to get organized and quick otherwise Dzeko and co could end up with the plum place in the next round.

Wolfsburg to win 2-1 - 15/2

Both teams to score - 10/11


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