Champions league action returns as the giant of Europe knock horns to challenge for the team who qualifiers to the knock out stage. Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions Lleague will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively with some mouth watery encounters.
The UEFA champions league is the biggest club competition in Europe and many are those who believe that it is the most competitive club competition in the world. Real Madrid is the all-time leading winner with 11 trophies with Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid being the all-time top scorer with 95 goals and Iker Casillas former captain of Real Madrid have made most appearances by making 158 appearances. Real Madrid is the defending champions of the 2016-17 champions league.
With 32 clubs and 8 groups from all the 54 UEFA member countries, the 62 edition of Champions League promises a lot of action.
Statistics after Matchday 2 with 32 games
• Total attendance is 1,277,719
• Total goals scored 97(3 goals per game)
• Total home wins 12 games
• Total away wins 9 games
• Total drawn games is 11 matches.
• Club with most goals scored: Barcelona 9 goals
• Club with the best defense: Atletico Madrid no goal conceded.
• Club with least goal scored: Dinamo Zagreb no goal scored.
• Club with worst defense: Celtic 10 goals conceded.
Club Brugge vrs FC Porto
Club Brugge and FC Porto are all clubs in Group G with Club Brugge losing all previous two group games. The group G was classified to be an average group with FC Porto and Leicester City likely to qualify. Club Brugge and FC Porto have met twice all was in the Europa league. They met in the knockout states; the first leg took place in Portugal on 25 October 1972 where FC Porto defeated Club Brugge by 3 goals to nothing. In the second leg played on 8 November 1972, Club Brugge also defeated FC Porto by 3 goals to 2. FC Porto is the highly favoured team to top Group G and Club Brugge were the team pundits picked to be at the bottom of Group G. FC Porto are the favourites to win this game.
Bayer Leverkusen vrs Tottenham Hotspurs
Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham are all in Group E a very tough group. Tottenham Hotspurs are not favourites to be representing England in the champions league but with their impressive run last season in the English Premier league, they earned a direct entry to the champions league. So far Tottenham Hotspurs have won one game out of their two games played. With Schalkes poor round of form recently, the fourth place qualifying round to the champions league have remained in transition to various teams in Germany which Bayer Leverkusen grab with their performance last season. Bayer Leverkusen have not lost a game in the champions league this season, drawing all their two games. Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspurs have met only twice which was on 23 November 2006 where Tottenham visited Bayer Leverkusen and won the game by one goal to nothing. Tottenham Hotspurs are the favorites to win this game despite playing away from home but Bayer Leverkusen will give Tottenham a good run for their money.
Lyon vrs Juventus
Lyon and Juventus is a topnotch game in Group H with all 3 teams Lyon, Juventus and Sevilla all seeking to make it into the knockout states. The group is tight and have left Dinamo Zagreb at the bottom of the table. If Olympic Lyon loses this game their chances of qualifying to the knockout stage will retrogress. Lyon and Juventus have met twice all in the Europa league and Juventus have a 100% record in this fixture. They met in the quarter finals of the 2014 Europa league where Juventus won both legs by 3-1 on aggregates. The Italian champions are poised to win this game to solidify their position on top of Group H.
Dynamo Kyiv vrs Benfica
Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica are all clubs in Group B and both teams have not started the 2016-17 season strongly with both teams on one point. Benfica were the team which was tipped to place second after Napoli but Benfica have not started strongly. Benfica will face Dynamo Kyiv in a crucial away game. Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica have met twice with Benfica winning one and Dynamo Kyiv winning one. Both Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv are stronger at their backyard. In the 1991-92 champions league fixture, Benfica trashed Dynamo Kyiv at home by 5 goals to nothing and the return leg Dynamo Kyiv revenged by defeating Benfica by one goal to nothing. Benfica are determine to win this fixture but in Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv is very strong to win this fixture.
Bayern Munchen vrs PSV
Bayern Munchen and PSV is an olden fixture which has a lot of faction to the game. Bayern Munchen is having poor run in the domestic league and Bayern lost their last champions league game to Atletico Madrid. Bayern Munchen is the favourites to win the 2016-17 because of their targeted signings and depth of their squad but with the recent drop in form they are Hungary to demolish the Dutch club. Bayern Munich and PSV have met 6 times in the champions league with Bayern Munchen winning 4 drawing one and losing one. PSV have visited Bayern Munchen on 3 occasions with 2 defeats and one draw. In the 1999-2000 season, both teams were in Group F of the champions league. On 15 September 1999 Bayern Munchen defeated PSV by 2 goals to one and in the return encounter on 26 October 1999 PSV also turn the results and defeated Bayern Munchen by 2 goals to one. Bayern Munchen is hungry to win this fixture to cool down the stress and consolidate their position on the Group D table.
Barcelona vrs Manchester City
Barcelona and Manchester City will be the most watched champions league game this week. Pep Guardiola will return to the grounds were he succeeded as a player and coach. The game is a topnotch and mouth watery encounter with both clubs poised to win. Manchester City must win or draw this game to maintain their status of being qualified to the knockout stage. Barcelona and Manchester City have met 4 times with Barcelona winning all the four games. At Camp Nou Stadium, Manchester City have visited twice and lost all.
Here are all the four meetings:
2014/15 season round of 16.
24 February 2015, Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona.
18 March 2015, Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City.
2013/14 season round of 16.
18 February 2014, Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona.
12 March 2014, Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City.
Barcelona is the favorite to win the game over Manchester City despite the Pep Guardiola factor.
These are the remining fixtures of Matchday 3 with previous meetings.
- Sporting CP vrs BorussiaDortmund
- CSKA Moskva vrsMonaco
- Real Madrid vrs LegiaWarszawa
- Dinamo Zagreb vrs Sevilla
- LeicesterCity vrs FC Kobenhaven
- PSG vrs FCBasel
- Arsenal vrs LudogoretsRazgrad
- Napoli vrsBesiktas
- Rostov FK vrs Atletico Madrid
Table after Matchday 2:
1. Arsenal 4 points
2. PSG 4 points
3. Ludogorets Razgrad 1 point
4. FC Basel 1 point
1. Napoli 6 points
2. Besiktas 2 points
3. Dynamo Kyiv 1 point
4. Benfica 1 point
1. Barcelona 6 points
2. Manchester City 4 points
3. Celtic 1 point
4. Borussia M’glabach 0 points
1. Atletico Madrid 6 points
2. Bayern Munchen 3 points
3. PSV 1 point
4. FK Rostov 1 point
1. Monaco 4 points
2. Tottenham Hotspur 3 points
3. Bayer Leverkusen 2 points
4. CSKA Moskva 1 point
1. Real Madrid 4 points
2. Borussia Dortmund 4 points
3. Sporting CP 3 points
4. Legia Warszawa 0 points
1. Leicester City 6 points
2. FC Kobenhavn 4 points
3. FC Porto 1 point
4. Club Brugge 0
1. Juventus 4 points
2. Sevilla 4 points
3. Lyon 3 points
4. Dinamo Zagreb 0.
The top two clubs will qualify to the knockout stages while the third place team will qualify into the round of 32 of the UEFA Europa league. The fourth place team will be eliminated.