Champions League preview & predictions

After months of ready, the Champions League is again – with the primary spherical of fixtures set to be performed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

There are many fascinating storylines already brewing this day trip. Can Chelsea defend their title? Have Paris Saint-Germain lastly received sufficient to beat their Champions League hoodoo? And may Cristiano Ronaldo flip Manchester United into real contenders?

Solutions to those questions and lots of extra might be a lot clearer after matchday one. Right here is how 90min sees these set of fixtures going…

TSV Hartberg v FC Red Bull Salzburg - Admiral Bundesliga

Karim Adeyemi might be in motion for RB Salzburg / Markus Tobisch/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 17:45 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Aleksei Kulbakov
VAR? Bastian Dankert

Though they’re dominant domestically and produce top-tier younger expertise at an unbelievable price, RB Salzburg are but to make their mark in Europe.

This season they’ve their greatest ever probability to take action, after being drawn in a bunch alongside Wolfsburg, Lille and Sevilla – who’re their opponents on Tuesday.

The European specialists are being talked about as potential outsiders for the Spanish title this season and they are going to be assured of getting off to an excellent begin in Europe at residence.

Prediction: Sevilla 3-1 RB Salzburg

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo might make his first Champions League appearances since his dramatic return to Man Utd / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 17:45 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Stadion Wankdorf
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Francois Letexier
VAR? Willy Delajod

Cristiano Ronaldo received his second spell at Previous Trafford off to the right begin on Saturday, netting twice in Man Utd’s 4-1 win over Newcastle.

He completely adores the Champions League, with no participant scoring extra targets within the historical past of the competitors, and might be eager to get off the mark on Tuesday.

United are on a roll in the mean time and Younger Boys – who haven’t began the home season too effectively – will want a minor miracle to keep away from defeat.

Prediction: Younger Boys 0-3 Manchester United

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Lille might be hoping for an excellent begin / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Stade Pierre-Mauroy
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Danny Makkelie
VAR? Kevin Blom

Lille’s defence of the Ligue 1 title has began fairly poorly, with an exodus of first crew gamers this summer time clearly affecting them.

In the meantime, Wolfsburg have began the season in flying kind, successful every of their opening 4 Bundesliga video games.

Key to Die Wolfe’s success has been their rock strong defence and they’re going to have to be on kind once more to maintain out the likes of Jonathan David and Burak Yilmaz.

Prediction: Lille 0-1 Wolfsburg

Atletico Madrid v Villarreal - La Liga

Villarreal are the Europa League holders / Anadolu Company/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? El Madrigal
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Clement Turpin
VAR? Jerome Brisard

Europa League holders Villarreal are but to win this season, securing three successive La Liga attracts to start out the marketing campaign, in addition to dropping the UEFA Tremendous Cup remaining to Chelsea – albeit on penalties.

Atalanta have additionally endured an out of kinds opening month, scoring simply thrice of their first three Serie A video games.

Gian Piero Gasperini might be hoping his facet can rediscover their free-flowing selves in Spain, however as Villarreal are so robust on the again, it could possibly be a troublesome ask.

Prediction: Villarreal 1-1 Atalanta

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Chelsea are one of many favourites for the competitors / Catherine Ivill/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Stamford Bridge
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Bartosz Frankowski
VAR? Marco Fritz

The final time Chelsea defended their Champions League title throughout the 2012/13 season, it went terribly – with the Blues crashing out on the group levels.

There’s little probability of that taking place once more this time round. Thomas Tuchel’s costs are one of many favourites to win the competitors and after including Romelu Lukaku to their ranks, Zenit ought to be very fearful forward of their assembly on Tuesday.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Zenit

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Juventus have made a poor begin to the season / Maurizio Lagana/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Swedbank Stadion
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
VAR? Joao Pedro da Silva Pinheiro

Juventus’ begin to life with out Cristiano Ronaldo has been painful with Max Allegri’s facet gaining only one level from their opening three Serie A video games.

On this context, Malmo – who’re at present within the midst of a tense title race – might be hopeful of springing an upset. It’s not significantly probably although, even with Juve struggling to click on in latest weeks.

Prediction: Malmo 0-2 Juventus

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Camp Nou
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Michael Oliver
VAR? Stuart Attwell

Within the standout fixture of matchday one, Barcelona host Bayern Munich for the primary time since that 8-2 defeat.

One other ten targets are unlikely however Die Roten stay favourites for this one. After all of the doom and gloom of the summer time, Barça have truly performed some good things up to now – however Bayern confirmed their high quality in a latest 4-1 win over RB Leipzig.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-3 Bayern Munich

SL Benfica v CD Tondela - Liga Bwin

Benfica have made an ideal begin to the season / Gualter Fatia/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? NSC Olimpiyskiy
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Anthony Taylor
VAR? Chris Kavanagh

This will likely not bounce out as one of many standout fixtures of the spherical, but it surely ought to be a hotly-contested sport.

With Barcelona and Bayern each in Group E, Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv know {that a} win is significant right here if they’re to have any probability of progressing to the money-spinning knockout rounds.

Either side have began their home campaigns strongly, so it ought to be an in depth contest.

Prediction: Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Benfica

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Dortmund have a bunch of younger gamers / Joosep Martinson/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 17:45 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Vodafone Enviornment
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
VAR? Juan Martinez Munuera

It has been some time since Borussia Dortmund significantly impressed in Europe – largely due to their defensive shortcomings.

Their leaky backline has continued in the beginning of this season and former participant Michy Batshuayi might be trying to exploit that on Wednesday.

He is only one of a number of well-known gamers Besiktas have at their disposal with BVB more likely to be in for a troublesome evening.

Prediction: Besiktas 2-2 Dortmund

Marcos Antonio (R) of Shahtar Donetsk celebrates his goal...

Shakhtar might be assured of securing a win / SOPA Photographs/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 17:45 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Bolshaya Sportivnaya Enviornment
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Deniz Aytekin
VAR? Christian Dingert

Sheriff making it to the Champions League for the primary time is already an unbelievable story. Their job now’s to ensure they do themselves justice in a troublesome group that accommodates each Inter and Actual Madrid.

Earlier than dealing with that illustrious pair, they tackle Shakhtar Donetsk, who’re no slouches themselves. The Ukrainian’s did the double over Actual final season and may make mild work of the minnows.

Prediction: Sheriff 1-3 Shakhtar Donetsk

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Actual had nice Champions League pedigree / SOPA Photographs/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? San Siro
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Daniel Siebert
VAR? Marco Fritz

Inter have a really totally different facet to the one which confronted Actual Madrid within the group levels final season. Supervisor Antonio Conte, in addition to prime scorer Romelu Lukaku and star right-back Achraf Hakimi have all departed, with their replacements nowhere close to as gifted.

Actual have additionally skilled upheaval with head coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos each leaving the membership in the summertime.

Los Blancos are in higher form general although, and may safe all three factors – significantly with Karim Benzema and Vini Jr. in such nice kind.

Prediction: Inter 1-2 Actual Madrid

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Atletico have their strongest squad of the trendy period / Eric Alonso/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Wanda Metropolitano
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Ovidiu Hategan
VAR? Marco Di Bello

After returning to the summit of Spanish soccer final season, Atletico Madrid might be trying to make an affect in Europe this day trip.

They kick off their marketing campaign in opposition to a Porto facet identified for inflicting an upset prior to now, so will have to be cautious. Centre-back Pepe might be significantly eager to get one over his outdated rivals.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-0 FC Porto

Kylian Mbappe, Achraf Hakimi

PSG wish to finish their Champions League hoodoo / John Berry/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Jan Breydel Stadium
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Sandro Scharer
VAR? Massimiliano Irrati

Paris Saint-Germain are most individuals’s tip to win the Champions League this season and it is simple to see why.

They’d one of many biggest switch home windows of all time this summer time, bringing in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum and naturally, Lionel Messi on free transfers.

On paper Membership Brugge do not stand an opportunity. This one might get ugly for the Belgians.

Prediction: Membership Brugge 0-4 PSG

Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have lofty ambitions / Catherine Ivill/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Anfield
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Szymon Marciniak
VAR? Tomasz Kwiatkowski

Extremely, this might be Milan’s first ever European sport at Anfield. They’ll face an uphill battle getting something off of a Liverpool facet which have began the marketing campaign robust.

Saying that, the Rossoneri have been spectacular too, successful their opening three Serie A video games with out an excessive amount of problem. The Reds ought to have simply sufficient to see them off, although.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Milan

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Man Metropolis are aiming to win the competitors / LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Etihad Stadium
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Serdar Gozubuyuk
VAR? Pol van Boekel

As is usually the case, RB Leipzig misplaced lots of expertise in the summertime with Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, Marcel Sabitzer and head coach Julian Nagelsmann all transferring onto larger issues.

The mass exodus has affected Die Roten Bullen and so they have already misplaced to Mainz and Wolfsburg this season, in addition to being thrashed by Bayern Munich.

Issues do not get any simpler with a visit to Manchester Metropolis to deal with on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s facet are keen to finish their await a Champions League title and can need to get off to a flying begin.

Prediction: Man Metropolis 3-1 RB Leipzig

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Ajax have a harmful squad / OLAF KRAAK/Getty Photographs

When is kick off? Wednesday 15 September, 20:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Estadio Jose Alvalade
TV channel/dwell stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez
VAR? Alejandro Jose Hernandez

Ajax and Sporting each have a string of thrilling younger gamers able to lighting up this Champions League tie.

It is a robust one to name. The Dutch champions have extra UCL pedigree however Sporting boast residence benefit. A draw is most certainly.

Prediction: Sporting 2-2 Ajax

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