Champions League Round-Up

Giants of European football collide tonight with eight matches lined up and we take you step-by-step to the action you will be looking forward to.

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Real Sociedad v Manchester United

Sociedad will be looking to avenge their loss at Old Trafford and hopefully gain that elusive point in the present European campaign by pulling a miraculous upset and beating the title favourites. Let’s see if the home advantage can help Sociedad shrug off the 69 second own goal suffered at Old Trafford and put a frown on Moyes’ face.

Shak Donetsk v Leverkusen

Sami Hyppia rested Stefan Kiessling, Sidney Sam and Hueng-Min Son in a recent game against Braunschweig, and this means the team with the ‘ghost goal’ will be looking to go in with guns blazing against Shakhtar. The Ukranians who sit atop the league will be hard to dislodge especially with Adriano, Teixeira and Costa on deck.

Juventus v Real Madrid

Europe’s biggest names in football make it a clash of the titans tonight at Turin. It’s the firing prowess of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo against Tevez and Llorente. The Italians will be without defender Cheillini but Barzagli will be making up the heart of defence. It looks to be a cracker of a match, and anything is possible. Will Madrid’s recent defensive hiccups cost them a game to a side that has won three straight Serie A matches?

Man City v CSKA Moscow

A face-off tainted by recent racism claims. CSKA Moscow descends on Manchester City for this Champions League group match up. This will be a key battle between Yaya Toure and Keisuke Honda, especially as the Japanese has scored twice from midfield and will be CSKA’s biggest threat to the Citizens. Pellegrini’s men will be coming in off a confident Norwich thrashing, and will look to do the same to Slutsky’s men.

Viktoria Plzen v Bayern Munich

The Germans from Munich have a perfect record in the Champions league this season, and coming off a previous 5-0 dismantling of Viktoria in the last round, it will be hard for the Czech minnows to put a dent in Bayern’s armour. The only hope is that Robben will miss this match due to a groin injury.

Paris St-Germain v Anderlecht

The last time these two met, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave them a painful lesson in goal scoring as he lifted PSG to a 5-0 drumming of Anderlecht. However, he and Cavani is looking to miss the match due to injury woes – these two form the focal point to the Paris champions. If PSG win here, they move to the last 16 regardless of what happens in the rest of the group matches.

FC Copenhagen v Galatasaray

Galatasaray could build a five-point lead over Juventus by winning at the Parken stadium, but they will be without injured goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (broken toe) and midfielder Wesley Sneijder (thigh). Both suffered setbacks in the Super Lig match against Konyaspor on Friday.

Olympiakos v Benfica

These two will be jostling each other for the all-important second place, as both teams come off a previous round draw in Lisbon. Benfica have an impressive 11-1 run, equally matched by Olympiakos who have only lose once in the last 16 matches. It looks to be an equal match up as both sides eye the second rung of the Group standings.



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