The Champions League is back in action with another set of important group matches this week as Manchester City take on Club Brugge, PSG face RB Leipzig and Barcelona welcome Dynamo Kiev to the Camp Nou.
Club Brugge vs Manchester City
Club Brugge will attempt to secure a memorable victory at home to Manchester City when the two sides meet at the Jan Breydel Stadion on Tuesday night.
The Belgian side have punched above their weight in the competitions and are currently in second place in Group A following their 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena on 29 September after goals from Hans Vanaken and Mats Rits cancelled out Christopher Nkunku’s opener in the first half.
Man City, on the other hand, are in third place in the group a point behind Brugge after they suffered a 2-0 defeat against PSG on matchday two when Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi got their names on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes.
This will be the first official meeting between Club Brugge and Manchester City in the competition as Philippe Clement’s side will be underdogs and will want to create history by claiming a positive result, while Pep Guardiola’s men will likely dominate possession but they cannot afford to underestimate their Belgian opponents.
Club Brugge: Simon Mignolet, Eduard Sobol, Stanley N’Soki, Jack Hendry, Clinton Mata, Eder Balanta, Mats Rits, Noa Lang, Kamal Sowah, Hans Vanaken, Charles De Ketelaere.
Manchester City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus.
Paris Saint-Germain vs RB Leipzig
PSG will be hoping to secure back-to-back victories in the Champions League when they welcome RB Leipzig to the Parc des Princes for Tuesday’s Group A battle of the top two.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side head into this match after marching to a 2-0 win over Manchester City in their previous European encounter which sent them to the top of the group with four points after two games.
Meanwhile, Jesse Marsch’s men are yet to collect their first point in the group, having conceded their second straight defeat following their recent 2-1 defeat to Club Brugge in Leipzig.
PSG and Leipzig have met four times before with an even record between them as both teams have won two and lost two games. In their last meeting PSG managed to secure a narrow 1-0 win over the Germain outfit through a first half penalty from Neymar.
Paris Saint-Germain: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Georginio Wijnaldum, Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar.
RB Leipzig: Peter Gulacsi, Lukas Klostermann, Mohamed Simakan, Willi Orban, Josko Gvardiol, Kevin Kampl, Konrad Laimer, Dominik Szoboszlai, Christopher Nkunku, Andre Silva, Emil Forsberg.
Barcelona vs Dynamo Kiev
Barcelona will be seeking their first goal and first win of the competition as they prepare to battle Dynamo Kiev at the Nou Camp in their next Group E match on Wednesday.
Ronald Koeman’s side enter this game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Benfica at the da Luz in Lisbon on matchday two, and currently sit at the foot of the table without any points
Dynamo, meanwhile, were forced to endure a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena thanks to a brace from Robert Lewandowski and goals from Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Ukrainian side currently sit above Barca in third place with one point after two matches.
In the last four meetings between the two sides, Barcelona have come out on top and won all four fixtures, with their most recent one coming in November 2020 when the Spanish giants ran out 4-0 victors NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in the same competition.
Barcelona: Marc Ter Stegen, Sergio Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordie Alba, Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong; Dest, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati.
Dynamo Kiev: Heorhiy Bushchan, Oleksandr Tymchyk, Illya Zabarnyi, Artem Shabanov, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Mykola Shaparenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Viktor Tsygankov, Vitaliy Bulyalskyi, Carlos De Pena, Denys Garmash.