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Wolfsburg vs. Gent 2016: Time, TV schedule and news for Champions League

Wolfsburg will look to hold onto a slender first leg advantage when they host Gent in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Wolfsburg head into the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Gent looking to hold onto a 3-2 lead. The two teams may only be separated by a single goal at the halfway phase, but the German side are in a better position than the scoreline suggests: their first leg victory came away in Belgium, meaning Gent will need to score at least twice if they're to stand any chance of avoiding elimination.

The first leg was an entertaining game in which Wolfsburg went three up, only to concede twice in the final 10 minutes. They appeared to have the measure of their hosts, though a late lapse in concentration means they will still have to be on their toes in this return fixture. However, they're the better team both on paper and on the scoreboard, and anything other than a win for the German side would come as a considerable surprise.

Key player: Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg)

There's no doubting that the star of the first leg was Wolfsburg attacker Julian Draxler. The German international scored two of his side's three goals in a performance of sublime technical skill and positional intelligence. He's now scored six goals in his last eight games in all competitions. Having been bitten twice, Gent will be even more eager to avoid being caught out by Draxler in this match.

Key matchup: Wolfsburg's defense vs. Gent's counter-attack

If they set up in the second leg at all like they did in the first, Gent will be looking to hit Wolfsburg on the counter-attack in this match. If the first half of the reverse fixture is anything to go by, that means Wolfsburg won't have much to fear. However, if Gent are as potent as they were late on in the last outing, their German hosts will have to be much more disciplined defensively. It really is a case of seeing which Gent turn up on Tuesday.

Wolfsburg injuries and suspensions

Out: Naldo (shoulder); Sebastian Jung, Carlos Ascues (knee); Paul Seguin (ankle); Bas Dost (foot). In doubt: Diego Benaglio (rib).

Gent injuries and suspensions

Out: Hannes Van Der Bruggen (adductor); Peter Olayinka (ankle). In doubt: None.

Wolfsburg still have a string of absentees, the most important being defender Naldo and striker Dost. First-choice keeper Benaglio will likely miss out again as he continues his recovery from a rib problem.

Gent are still without midfielder Van Der Bruggen and striker Olayinka, though otherwise should have a full-strength team available.

Match date/time: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local

Venue: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany

TV: FOX Sports regional networks (US - English); FOX Deportes (US - Spanish); beIN Sports Canada, TSN2 (Canada); BT Sport 2 (UK)

Online: FOX Soccer 2GO (US); beIN Sports Connect (Canada); BT Sport live streaming (UK)

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