Following Manchester United’s successful trip to Paris on Tuesday, both Liverpool and Manchester City will be looking to emulate their rivals with successful starts to their 2020/21 UEFA Champions League campaigns.
Here are your previews ahead of the big games on Wednesday night…
Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk 17.55
Madrid will be hoping for a better European venture third time around having been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in August. Still possessing plenty of quality, Zinedine Zindane’s men are rightfully still considered a real thrrst at the business end of the compeition.
However, off the back of a surprise home defeat to Cadiz in La Liga, Los Blancos perhaps aren’t the side they once were.
They should still have enough quality to come past the Ukrainian champions.
Manchester City v Porto 20.00
Pep Guardiola will be without star performer Kevin De Bruyne for the visit of Porto on matchday one. Despite this they will go into the match as huge favourites, and joint favourites with Bayern Munich for the competition outright.
City are desperate to end their wait for European success and will hope a solid start against Porto will set them on their way.
Their Portuguese visitors are no easy task, and will boast West Ham loanne Felipe Anderson as part of their squad.
Ajax v Liverpool 20.00
As we all by now know Virgil van Dijk will miss this game, and perhaps the remainder of the season. Both Alisson and Thiago also miss out for the Reds whilst Jurgen Klopp does welcome back Naby Keita into his squad.
Ajax still present a major opposition, albeit a little stripped of their quality players who helped them reach the semi-finals of the competition during 2018/19, the year Liverpool made it six.
Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid 20.00
A clash of epic proportions see’s holders play host to Liverpool’s extra time conqureors Atletico Madrid.
Hansi Flicks men are many peoples favourites to make it back to back Champions League’s whilst Diego Simeone’s charges are always difficult to beat.
This match promises to be a battle of free-flowing attack against rigid well organised defence.
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