Champions League Previews
Wednesday night sees more Champions League football and again there are some fantastic games. Champions from England, Spain, Germany, Israel and Russia will all feature in a night that is sure to be filled with drama and plenty of goalmouth action.
Bayer Leverkusen are in action against BATE Borisov and it is the hosts who will be looking to take all 3 points. Leverkusen have an exceptional home record in this competition and BATE are little fancied. On their day BATE are capable of producing a shock and they will be hoping Wednesday is one such day.
Greek giants Olympiakos face a horrible first fixture against German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Munich are seen as one of the favourites to lift the trophy and should make it through the group stage with ease.
Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb face an incredibly difficult task when they host Champions League regulars Arsenal. The Gunners will be largely fancied to take all 3 points from this game but home advantage could play a part as we have seen so often in this competition.
One of the tightest contests of the day looks to be in the game between Dynamo Kiev and FC Porto. Both teams are free scoring in their domestic leagues and will have to have their wits about them. The bookmakers can not make their minds up which way this one will go but both teams for sure will be gunning for all 3 points.
Belgium champions Gent return to the Champions League and are up against a Lyon side who are familiar with the competition. Lyon go into the game as the favourites but with Gent’s home advantage this fixture has the potential to cause an early upset.
Last season’s Champions League winners Barcelona will head to Roma in their first game of the new campaign. Barcelona will be expected to see off their Italian opposition but if Roma are on their game we could see a hard fought encounter with plenty of goals.
Premier League champions Chelsea will be hoping to put their poor domestic form behind them against Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv. Jose Mourinho will demand his side take all 3 points at Stamford Bridge and if their home record is anything to go by this should be a comfortable win for Chelsea.
Valencia are up against Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg in the opening game of the campaign. Valencia will hope to utilise their home advantage against a stern Zenit defence.
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