The UEFA Champions League continues today and tomorrow after a week break, and all teams will be looking at making most of their chances as qualifying for the round of 16 can be made easier with a win.
Here are the fixtures for today and tomorrow’s clashes:
CSKA Moscow v Tottenham
Monaco v Bayern Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid
Sporting Lisbon v Legia Warsaw
FC Copenhagen v Club Brugge
Leicester v FC Porto
Dinamo Zagreb v Juventus
Sevilla v Lyon
Arsenal v Basel
Ludogorets v PSG
Besiktas v Dynamo Kiev
Napoli v Benfica
Borussia Monchengladbach v Barcelona
Celtic v Manchester City
Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich
FC Rostov v PSV Eindhoven
Group E is definitely one of the toughest groups, and all eyes will be on Tottenham when they face a tough side in Moscow away from home. A win for the visitors will surely boost their chances of advancing following their loss at home to Monaco on match day 1. Meanwhile, a win for the Ligue 1 side over Leverkusen in France will almost guarantee their advancing.
Group F’s heavyweights, Dortmund and Madrid will clash at the Signal Iduna Park, and with both with 3 points, adding to that tally will be their agenda. However, even a share of the spoils won’t be bad for the two. Sporting will hope to maximize their chance by getting all points against group minnows Legia Warsaw.
Group G game between Leicester and FC Porto is definitely one many will be keen to see, as it’s the first time the EPL reigning champs will be hosting the Champions League at the King Power Stadium. It’s also a chance for the hosts to put weekend’s gruelling defeat behind them, and given how poor Porto have been, they can.
While Group H fixture between Dinamo Zagreb and Juventus won’t catch the attention of many, the Sevilla and Lyon game sure would. The La Liga side has to pick up all points against the visitors in order to prevent slipping down to the Europa League again. And definitely, Juve are expected to pick up all 3 points against Zagreb despite being away from the comfort of Turin.
Wednesday has Arsenal hoping they would be able to get their first win. Basel are a tough group and can sure cause problems at the Emirates. Wenger could do with some tips from El neny. And with Coquelin ruled out for 3 weeks, the Egyptian has a chance to lineup against his former side.
Napoli against Benfica is Group B’s star match, and the Serie A side can sure wrap things up at home against their Portuguese counterparts. Only that it won’t come smooth.
Group C’s games, Monchengladbach versus Barcelona, and
Celtic versus Manchester City are very predictable, and as it remains evident which top 2 teams will emerge, the minnows will only hope to at least get a point against the giants, in order to make the Europa League round of 32 as one the best 3rd placed teams.
Last season’s semifinalists, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich will faceoff at the Vicente Calderon as they both attempt to add to their wins from match day 1. Definitely a cracker not to miss. And other group participants, FC Rostov and PSV Eindhoven have to start sorting themselves out for a prospective Europa League campaign.