Real Madrid arrive in Wolfsburg with a spring in their step after beating Barcelona at Camp Nou and should prove too good for their hosts.
The Germans have a strong home record this season, having lost just three times, but the fact that those three defeats have come against their only visitors of elite European calibre does little to inspire confidence in their chances.
Bayern Munich have twice beaten them by two-goal margins, 3-1 in the DFB Pokal and 2-0 in the Bundesliga, while Borussia Dortmund also prevailed in the league at the Volkswagen Arena.
Dieter Hecking’s high-flying one-time works side warmed up for the visit of the 2014/15 European champions with a minds-elsewhere 3-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.
Yet, far from the irrelevant performance of a heavily-rotated beta squadron, mainstays Julian Draxler, Andre Schurrle, Max Kruse, Maximilian Arnold, Dante, Vierinha and Ricardo Rodriguez were all present and incorrect.
That away drubbing is doubly pertinent, as not only does it indicate how beatable the Lower Saxonians are at present, but how vital it is for them to record a positive result ahead of the second leg in the Spanish capital too.
Wolfsburg have claimed just five victories in 19 road games this term.
Their need to post a score to defend in front of their own fans is expected to play in to Real Madrid hands, igniting a goal-fest.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are 23/20 to win a match featuring over 2.5 goals, a wager their own less-than-watertight road defence should play a part in landing.
Real have kept just two clean sheets in their last ten away games and could well struggle to withhold hosts who have notched at least twice in three of their last four Champions League games.