Liverpool set to defeat Atletico for the second time
In-form Liverpool will be aiming to defeat Atletico Madrid for the second time in a fortnight when they play host to the La Liga champions.
The Reds were 3-2 victors at the Metropolitano last time out in a match in which Diego Simeone’s men looked uncharacteristically shaky at the back, allowing the imperious Mo Salah to grab a brace while the resurgent Naby Keita scored the other goal.
Liverpool could seal their spot in the last 16 if they win and Porto drop points against AC Milan. Atletico, meanwhile, will be aiming to consolidate their place in second.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will probably be preparing his team for this contest knowing that Atletico are unlikely to be as poor defensively as they were last week and he will have to make sure his side are able to break them down.
The Reds will be keen to get back to winning ways after being halted by Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday.
Diego Simeone’s men have not kept an away clean sheet all season and with Liverpool’s attack in such red-hot form, the home side will have enough to edge the win.
Bottom club AC Milan in a must win game against Porto
AC Milan are at the bottom of Group B and haven’t managed to win a game so far. They have three losses and will be desperate for a win when they face Porto. Porto, meanwhile, are in a much better position with four points from three matches.
AC Milan and Porto have played two games against each other so far. Both teams have won a game each.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-0 win for the Portuguese side.
Another defeat will effectively end AC Milan’s European campaign, and hence Stefan Pioli’s side will be hungry for a win on home soil. They have been in terrific form in the league, and Porto stand little chance if the seven-time cup holders can emulate that tonight.
RB Leipzig welcome PSG at the Red Bull Arena
RB Leipzig are set to play Paris Saint-Germain at the Red Bull Arena on Wednesday in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The two clubs faced each other a few days ago in the Champions League, with Paris Saint-Germain beating RB Leipzig 3-2.
RB Leipzig endured a slow start to their Bundesliga campaign, and are currently 8th in the league table. Their Champions League campaign has been nothing to write home about either; they have lost all three games and find themselves at the bottom in their group.
Paris Saint-Germain, on the other hand, top both the Ligue 1 and Champions League table. Despite this, criticism has been aimed at Mauricio Pochettino and his players, as Paris Saint-Germain often struggle to beat their opponents. They are among the favourites to lift the Champions League this time around.
In five head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Paris Saint-Germain have won three games and lost two.
The Spanish giants are second in Group D with six points from three matches played. They have two wins and a loss and will be looking to go top of the group with a victory against Shakhtar.
Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk have played five matches against each other so far. Los Blancos have won three matches, while the Ukrainian heavyweights triumphed on two occasions.
The last meeting between the two sides ended in a one-sided 5-0 win for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid have been in tidy form lately and are expected to take care of their business at home against a weak Shakhtar side.
Carlo Ancelotti will have to rotate his team heavily, but Real should still be able to collect all three points on Wednesday night.
Dortmund are second in Group C with six points from three matches played. They have two wins and a loss to show for their efforts.
Ajax and Borussia Dortmund have played three games against each other so far. Dortmund have won two games, while the Dutch heavyweights have one win head-to-head against the Germans.
Both sides come into this game with some great recent results, although Borussia Dortmund missing a host of key players could prove to be decisive for them. Ajax triumphed in the first meeting between the two sides and we expect them to do the same.