Group B Kick-off: 19-45 (BST)
Wolfsburg coach Armin Veh has promised a cautious approach for the visit of a Besiktas side hoping to draw level with their Champions League hosts on three points.
Veh is yet to decide if the Matchday 1 hat-trick hero against CSKA Moscow, Grafite, will partner Edin Dzeko up front,
“Besiktas are a very compact team, but also attack-minded,” he said. “We have to be patient and must not bomb forward on the break. But I won’t reveal my tactical hand yet. Besiktas are league champions and cup holders in Turkey for good reason, while we have home advantage with the crowd behind us.
“We have to win the individual duels, especially in defence, and then look forward. We want to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and to achieve this target, we really have to win our home games. I don’t like to talk about key games but this is an important match.
“Beşiktaş and CSKA will compete with us for second place [behind Manchester United]. As for who will partner Edin Dzeko, I’m not saying, but Grafite and Obafemi Martins are both fit to play.”
Meanwhile, opposite number, Mustafa Denizli, refuses to see the game as critical even though his team remain without a point in Group B.
“Our goal is to get points, as it was against CSKA,” he said. “Whether it will be one or three points, we will see. This fixture is important but not decisive – only after all six group games will everything be decided. We want to get to the next round, whichever way possible.
“We are preparing the players as well as we can for VfL, so they know exactly what they have to do. We are also feeling good about ourselves again after two [straight league] victories.
“Wolfsburg have achieved a lot in recent years. They have done that through hard work and have accomplished great things. The last time I was there, they were playing at their old stadium. This season, Wolfsburg have had a few problems in the Bundesliga – we have spoken about their weaknesses and how to take advantage of them.”