Match Day Two: Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League preview

Match Day Two: Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League preview
 The 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League  campaign enters match day two and there are some feisty ties, with defending champions, Real Madrid away at bogey team, Borussia Dortmund tonight leading the park.
Liverpool will strive to come out of Moscow unscath

Group E
Spartak Moskva vs Liverpool

Liverpool travel to Russia to take on Spartak in confident mood following a good outing over the weekend in the league.

They’ve both won just once in their last three games, and also began their CL campaigns with draws. Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla at home, while Spartak drew 1-1 away at Maribor.

This will be the fifth meeting between them, with 2 wins apiece. But when both sides last met in 2002, it was Liverpool who came out tops, winning home and away.

Sevilla vs Maribor

After their opening day draws to Liverpool and Spartan Moskva respectively, these two battle in Spain, with contrasting results at the weekend.

Sevilla lost to Atletico Madrid, while Maribor picked up an away win at Aluminij. Tonight is their third meeting with a win for Sevilla and draw in the other two.

Pep Guardiola’s men will be at home to Shakhtar Donetsk

Group F
Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Pep Guardiola’s rampaging City side are group leaders and will be looking for their second win of the season, having won their first 4-0 at Feyenoord.

Shakhtar also began their campaign with a win, having beaten Napoli 2-1 at home.

But with both sides in good form, there first meeting in Europe at the Etihad tonight promises to be an exciting one.

Napoli vs Feyenoord

Two sides looking to bounce back from their opening day defeats to Shakhtar Donetsk and Man City respectively meet at the Stadio San Paolo when Napoli host Dutch champions, Feyenoord.

It’s the first time they are meeting with Feyenoord playing away for the first time in 15 years.

However, Napoli go into tonight’s game in better shape as they have won their last three matches, including the 6-1 demolition of Lazio at the venue of the game against Feyenoord, who have lost two of theirs.

Monaco will hope to get a result when they clash with Porto

Group G
Monaco vs Porto

Monaco hosts Porto with both sides looking to get off the mark, having dropped points in their opening games.

The home side drew away at newcomers, RB Leipzig, while Porto were beaten 3-1 at home by Besiktas.

In what is the repeat of the 2004 CL final, won by Porto 3-0, Monaco will be hoping for a revenge, especially with Radamel Falcao in blistering form.

In the other group game, Besiktas host RB Leipzig looking to strengthen their position as group leaders.

The home side won their opening game in style, winning 3-1 at Porto, while Leipzig began their first ever CL season with positive home draw against Monaco.

However, Leipzig have a daunting task when they take on Besiktas tonight at the Besiktas Park, where the home side have not lost in nine European games.

Real Madrid face their bogey team Dortmund

Group H
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

Dortmund will be looking to put aside their opening day defeat to Tottenham when they host champions, Real Madrid, who defeated Apoel 3-0, at the Signal Iduna Park.

Both sides have been paired for the fifth time in six CL seasons, but Real Madrid are yet to pick up a win away at Dotmund in six matches.

Elsewhere, joint group leaders, Tottenham, hope to build on their opening day win against Dortmund when they take on Apoel, who lost 3-0 to Real Madrid.

It’s the first time both sides are meeting, but Spurs have only won just two of their last eight away games in the CL.

Full Tuesday fixtures

Group E
Spartak vs Liverpool
Sevilla vs Maribor

Group F
Man City vs Shakhtar
Napoli vs Feyenoord

Group G
Monaco vs Porto
Besiktas vs RB Leipzig

Group H
B.Dortmund vs Real Madrid
Apoel vs Tottenham

Which of these games are you most looking forward to? Please, do let us know in the comments section.

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