Manchester City’s home clash with Pep Guardiola’s reigning European champions Bayern Munich will capture the imagination of most on Wednesday evening, while the pressure is on David Moyes. Here is a brief preview to all eight of Wednesday’s fixtures:
Both Leverkusen and Real Sociedad are looking to get their campaigns up and running after suffering defeats on matchday one. Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen will fancy their chances of registering all three points at the BayArena, however, fresh as they are from a third straight Bundesliga win.
Shakhtar v Man Utd
A trip to deepest Ukraine is surely the last thing that David Moyes wanted as the pressure builds on the Scotsman following Manchester United’s worst start to a domestic campaign in 24 years. Moyes will need Wayne Rooney at his best in the Donbass Arena.
Real Madrid v
After the humiliation of losing the Madrid derby, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti knows the importance of getting back to winning ways. The visit of a Copenhagen side who sit second from bottom of the Danish league should provide the perfect opportunity for the Spanish giants.
Juventus v Galatasaray
After being held by Copenhagen two weeks ago, Italian champions Juventus chase a first win in Group B as they play host to Galatasaray. Antonio Conte’s Juve remain unbeaten in all competitions this seasonwhile the Turks come into the game with a new coach Roberto Mancini, who was appointed on Monday.Anderlecht v Olympiakos
Belgian champions Anderlecht and Greek title-holders Olympiakos are, on paper, the outsiders to qualify from Group C and both were beaten on matchday one. Olympiakos, who have lost 99 times in Europe, are top of the Greek Super League without defeat and may fancy their chances of recording an away win here.
PSG v Benfica
Paris Saint-Germain underlined their status as Group C favourites by thumping Olympiakos in Greece two weeks ago, and can take a big step towards qualifying for the last 16 by beating Benfica.
CSKA v Plzen
The poor state of the Arena Khimki pitch in Moscow led to this match being moved 700 kilometres to St Petersburg. CSKA and the Czech champions both lost their opening games and are expected to fight it out for third place in Group D.
Man C v Bayern
This encounter at the Etihad Stadium promises to be fascinating, with City manager Manuel Pellegrini coming up against Bayern’s Pep Guardiola again. The pair are familiar with one another from their time in Spain, in particular when they occupied the dugouts at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively in 2009-10.
Goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure gave City a 2-0 win when they played host to Bayern in this competition two years ago, but the English side have failed to progress beyond the group stage in either of the last two years while Bayern are the reigning European champions.AFP