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PREVIEW: Wednesday Champions League

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Can Manchester restore faith in English clubs tonight?

After last night’s Champions League action, the pressure is in Manchester as they try and restore some national pride following defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea.

The London duo both lost last night to Olympiakos and FC Porto respectively, and now all eyes turn up north as United host Wolfsburg and City travel to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach.

Elsewhere last night there were wins for; FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, BATE Borisov, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg.

But our attentions turn to the eight matches taking place tonight.

Group A

In Group A, it’s Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain that lead the way after they both picked up wins during the opening game-week against Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo FF respectively.

Tonight sees Madrid travel to Sweden to take on Malmo, while PSG travel to Ukraine in order to take on Shakhtar.

As it stands the La Liga side are top of the table due to their 4-0 win over Shakhtar in the opening game-week, with PSG second after their 2-0 win over Malmo.

Group B

Manchester United‘s group, and after their opening day defeat to PSV Eindhoven, tonight is a must-win game for Louis van Gaal‘s men.

PSV and Wolfsburg are joint leaders following their victories in game-week one, with the Dutch side beating United 2-1 and Wolfsburg winning against CSKA Moscow.

Tonight sees United host the Bundesliga outfit, while PSV travel to CSKA.

United will be hoping to avoid similar fate of Arsenal last night.

Group C

Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Astana and Galatasaray make up this group and it’s the first two teams that currently lead the way after both picked up wins during the first game-week.

Both Atletico and Benfica picked up 2-0 wins, but tonight they face each other in Spain meaning one or maybe both will be dropping points.

This means in the other game, Galatasaray take on Astana with both needing to get off the mark.

Group D

Finally tonight is Group D, which is Manchester City‘s group.

Sevilla and Juventus from Spain and Italy lead the way after they saw off Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City respectively during the opening game-week.

However tonight sees the two winners go up against each other and the two losers go face-to-face.

Sevilla travel to Italy, while City head to Germany knowing it’s a must-win game for them.

 

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt

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