Wednesday’s lineup in the Champions League offers a mouth-watering tie as Chelsea travel to Turin to face Juventus in the must-watch game.
Chelsea will aim to bounce back from Saturday’s home defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League when they travel to the Juventus Stadium to play Juventus in their second Group H encounter on Wednesday
Juve forgot about their recent domestic struggles and got off to a winning start in the competition after they cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Malmo after Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata got their names on the score sheet.
Holders Chelsea, meanwhile, kick-started their title defence with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg at Stamford Bridge after Romelu Lukaku brilliantly headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s deep cross for his fourth goal in four appearances for the Blues
Chelsea have enjoyed an exceptional resurgence under manager Thomas Tuchel but will now need to up their game against Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who came into this game after securing their second win in the Serie A over the weekend.
The Old Lady current sits at the top of the Group H standings on goal difference and are level on three points with Chelsea, who occupy second place in the group.
Moise Kean, the 21-year-old forward former on Everton’s books, is yet to score a goal in this edition of the Champions League but he will need to step up his game upfront for Juve in the absence of the injured Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata, having only scored one goal in seven appearances in all competitions thus far.
The addition of Lukaku has only made Chelsea more dangerous this campaign as he has already netted four goals in seven games across all competitions but was also the Blues saviour in their opening Group H match against Zenit. The Belgian forward will be roaring to find the net in his second appearance in the competitions when the two sides square off on Wednesday evening.
Manchester United will be vying to exact their revenge for last year’s Europa League final defeat to the Yellow Submarines as Villarreal travel to Old Trafford for their second Group F encounter on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be gunning for their first win following their humiliating 2-1 defeat to Young Boys after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by goals from Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu and Jordan Siebatcheu following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s sending-off late in the first half.
Meanwhile, Villarreal were forced to settle for a point after Robin Gsens’ late goal earned Atalanta a 2-2 draw at the Estadio de la Ceramica as French midfielder Francis Coquelin was shown a red card in the closing moments as Villarreal ended the game with 10-men.
The Red Devils current occupy last place in Group F and are yet to claim their first point, while the Yellow Submarines are one place above them in third place with one point after the opening match.
United will need to find something special to get the better of Villarreal. But Solskjaer’s men usually turn in good performances when they’re backed into a corner, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the pack from the front.
Cristiano Ronaldo may only be a month into his second spell at Manchester United but the Portuguese superstar has already made an impact with his excellent goalscoring form. His influence has already helped United make a strong start to the Premier League campaign, having already picked up 13 points from a possible 15. And Ronaldo will now be fired up to help United recover from a shock defeat to Young Boys in their Champions League opener.
Benfica and Barcelona will both go in search of their first Champions League group stage wins of the season when they lock horns at the Estadio da Luz in Group E on Wednesday night.
The Eagles have had to work hard to reach the competition by earning their place through the qualifiers and will need to prove mettle in a tough group. Benfica’s first group stage outing didn’t go as planned after they played out a 0-0 stalemate against Dynamo Kyiv earlier this month and will need to step up in this match.
Barcelona, on the other hand, were forced to endure a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to German giants Bayern Munich in their previous Champions League encounter and cannot afford a similar performance this week.
The Catalan giants were excellent against Levante over the weekend and will need to be at their best in this fixture, while Benfica will need to pull off an upset for a chance to make it to the knockout stages.
Barcelona have struggled under Ronald Koeman and sit at the foot of the Group E standings with zero points, while the Eagles are placed second level on one point with Dynamo Kiev.
Since the departure of Lionel Messi to PSG, the burden of scoring goals has fallen to Memphis Depay and he wasted no time in filling the void by the club legend after he hit the ground running with three goals in his first seven appearances in all competitions.
The Dutchman will surely give Benfica’s defence a run for their money in his current state of form alongside his strike partner Luuk de Jong.