Champions League Round Three Preview

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The new round of Champions League kicks off on Tuesday night, looking very promising for football fans across Europe and the world.

PSG is one of the favourites to win this year’s competition, and they have started their campaign rather well with victories over Real Madrid and Galatasaray, staying on top of Group A. Club Brugge is next for them, but the Belgium champion proved to be a tough nut to crack in the last couple of rounds.

Real Madrid desperately needs a win as they are at the bottom of this group. After winning only one point in the first two rounds and dropping a few games in La Liga as well, the 13-time champion will be in a do-or-die situation against Galatasaray on the road.

According to football tipsters, another favorite – Bayern is cruising in Group B, scoring 10 goals in their first two matches. After convincing wins against Red Star and Tottenham, the German champions look to take Olympiacos in Greece.

Red Star is still feeling the high after their maiden win against Olympiacos in Belgrade a few weeks ago, but they must continue recording good results if they want to have a chance of surviving this tough group. Tottenham, who is struggling on all fronts, looks to get their season back on track against Red Star on their home turf.

Manchester City is having trouble catching up to Liverpool in the Premier League, but they are at least doing fine in the Champions League. The Citizens have a relatively easy group with Dinamo Zagreb, Shakhtar, and Atalanta, who they play next, so moving over to the knockout stage shouldn’t be an issue.

It is likely that Shakhtar and Dinamo Zagreb will decide which of them will go through alongside Manchester City. Their duel on Tuesday night in Kharkiv will likely be crucial for both teams.

In Group D, Juventus looks to take on Lokomotiv Moscow with an imperative to win, as Atletico Madrid is right on their heels. The Champions League finalists from 2016 play against Leverkusen at home.

Salzburg will have a chance to take over the top spot in Group E on Wednesday if they manage to take Napoli at home. Liverpool can end up at the top as well if they come out victorious against Genk in Belgium.

Probably the most anticipated match of the round three will be played in Milan, as Inter hosts Borussia Dortmund. Inter won only one point in their first two games, so winning against Borussia is imperative. Barcelona hopes for a win in Prague against Slavia to take on the first spot in Group F.

Zenit is first in Group G, but they will have a tough time staying there after Wednesday as they are facing Leipzig in Germany. Benfica will be looking to win their first points of the group stage against Lion, despite having injury issues.

Ajax played amazing so far with two 3–0 victories against Valencia and Lille. However, they will have their biggest test on Wednesday, as they are hosting Chelsea. Lille is the absolute underdog in Group H, but they hope for a positive outcome against Valencia at home.

Full Schedule

Tuesday

17:55    Atletico Madrid – Bayer Leverkusen

17:55    Shakhtar – Dinamo Zagreb

20:00    Club Brugge – PSG

20:00    Galatasaray – Real Madrid

20:00    Juventus – Lokomotiv Moscow

20:00    Manchester City – Atalanta

20:00    Olympiacos – Bayern Munich

20:00    Tottenham – Red Star Belgrade

 

Wednesday

17:55    Ajax – Chelsea

17:55    RB Leipzig – Zenit

20:00    Benfica – Lyon

20:00    Genk – Liverpool

20:00    Inter – Borussia Dortmund

20:00    Lille – Valencia

20:00    Salzburg – Napoli

20:00    Slavia Prague – Barcelona

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