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PREVIEW: Champions League Round Two

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Game-week two of the Champions League is upon us

Tonight sees the second-round of Champions League group stage matches take place and here is our preview into all eight games.

Representing England this evening is the London duo as Arsenal host Greek side Olympiakos, while Jose Mourinho returns to Portugal as Chelsea take on FC Porto.

Here are our previews for the eight games taking place tonight.

Group E

The reigning champions have their first home Champions League game of the season tonight as they host Bayer Leverkusen at the Nou Camp.

During the first game-week, Barca were held to a 1-1 draw in Italy when they took on AS Roma, whilst Leverkusen started their campaign in emphatic fashion with a 4-1 win over BATE Borisov.

Barca will obviously be without injured star-man Lionel Messi, who is set to miss the next two months with ligament damage.

In the other game, Roma travel to Belarus to take on BATE as both search for their first wins in this year’s competition.

Group F

Group F sees Arsenal host Olympiakos, while Bayern Munich welcome Dinamo Zagreb to the Allianz Arena.

There was a shock in the opening game-week of this group as Zagreb beat Arsenal 2-1 in Croatia. The Gunners made several changes ahead of their London derby against Chelsea, but they left empty handed and go into tonight’s game knowing it’s a must-win.

Their opponents tonight also lost as they succumbed to Bayern Munich in Greece thanks to a couple of late-goals.

Munich will look to go onto six points tonight with a victory over Zagreb.

Group G

Chelsea are topping this group going into the second game-week after they eased past Maccabi Tel Aviv in the opening game.

Tonight however they face a trickier task as they travel to Portugal to take on Mourinho‘s former-club, Porto.

A 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge gave Mourinho‘s men a perfect start to the campaign, while Porto were held to a draw by Dynamo Kiev.

In the other game, Maccabi host Kiev with both looking for their first wins.

Group H

Finally is Group H.

Tonight sees Ligue 1 side Lyon host La Liga outfit Valencia, and Zenit St Petersburg take on KAA Gent.

In the opening week, it was Zenit who made the perfect start after they surprised Valencia in Spain, and things ended all square between Lyon and Gent.

 

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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