Manchester United v Wolfsburg Football Betting Tips 30-09-2015
Louis Van Gaal was bemoaning the hectic schedule that the top Premier League teams have to contend with in yesterdays press conference.
And he has a point. The demands of the Premiership combined with domestic cup competitions and the Champions League group stage means that there is very little respite for top players unless they are “rested” between fixtures.
But of course that means running the gauntlet of the wrath of fans if your team loses and you opt to keep star players wrapped in cotton wool.
Manchester United have lost their first Champions league fixture – against PSV Eindhoven and they won't have the luxury of being able to keep players fresh for the weekend game against Arsenal because they desperately need a win here.
"The Premier League is a very difficult league. To beat your opponent every week is not easy, it is always a struggle and a battle," the Dutchman told the club's website.
"Then you have to play again mid-week in the Champions League and that is the difference between all the clubs in Europe.
"It is not predictable to say four teams in the Premier League shall overcome this group stage round, no, it is not like that.
"But I have to say that we have the teams to do it and we have the quality to do it."
After a shaky start Manchester United find themselves surprisingly atop the Premier League after their rivals from across the City have lost two in quick succession.
The 3-0 win against Sunderland on Saturday will have given the team a boost going into this fixture.
Wolfsburg are no mugs however and despite losing 5-1 to a Lewandowski inspired Bayern Munich they have made a good start to the season and with players like Andre Schurrle amongst their ranks they will always be dangerous. They were unlucky not to come away with all three points against Hannover last time out.
Despite Van Gaal's protestations Manchester United have always been very strong at home in the Champions league and I think they will have too much for Wolfsburg in this game although a draw would be an excellent result for the visitors.