The key info

The matches

Tuesday

Group E: Spartak Moskva v Sevilla, Maribor v Liverpool
Group F: Manchester City v Napoli, Feyenoord v Shakhtar Donetsk
Group G: Monaco v Beşiktaş, RB Leipzig v Porto
Group H: Real Madrid v Tottenham, APOEL v Borussia Dortmund

Wednesday games

Group A: Benfica v Manchester United, CSKA Moskva v Basel
Group B: Bayern München v Celtic, Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain
Group C: Qarabağ v Atlético Madrid, Chelsea v Roma
Group D: Barcelona v Olympiacos, Juventus v Sporting CP

  • All games at 20:45CET execpt Qarabağ v Atlético (18:00CET)

How to follow

Play and win

The big five: what to watch

There is only one section in which two teams have perfect records – Group H, where Real Madrid and Tottenham face off on Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabéu before a Wembley return a fortnight later. Locking horns will be two of the competition’s deadliest strikers, all-time record-holder Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane, the first player to have five goals after two matchdays.

  • Bayern back to the future


Highlights: Paris 3-0 Bayern

The last time Jupp Heynckes led Bayern in Europe, they were winning the 2013 final at Wembley. Out of retirement for a fourth spell at the helm, the 72-year-old will bid to become the oldest man to coach a UEFA club competition winner. He rejoins the action at home to Celtic, who are level on three points with Bayern following the latter’s 3-0 loss at Paris that curtailed Carlo Ancelotti’s reign.

Whenever Benfica take on Manchester United, thoughts turn inevitably to the 1968 final – especially in this 50th anniversary season. The fixture also brings José Mourinho back to the club he coached for just nine games in 2000 (eerily, it was Heynckes he took over from), as he chases a third win in the group. For Benfica, meanwhile, the aim is to recover from the 5-0 reversal at Basel last time out.

Along with Madrid, Spurs and United, five other teams have perfect starts to maintain this week. On Tuesday, Manchester City meet Napoli, who ended the English club’s 2011/12 UEFA Champions League debut in the group stage, while Beşiktaş visit a Monaco side surprisingly on a single point. Paris travel to point-less Anderlecht, now coached by Hein Vanhaezebrouck, on Wednesday when Chelsea – who like the French capital club have bagged eight goals already – host Roma. Barcelona play Olympiacos.

  • Second chance for first-timers

Neither of this season’s group stage debutants have registered a victory, but both will hope to do so in their second home games. Leipzig welcome Porto on Tuesday before Qarabağ attempt to get off the mark against Atlético in Wednesday’s early kick-off.


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