Man United aim three straight victories against Atalanta
Manchester United will be aiming to make it three straight victories in the Champions League when they head to the Gewiss Stadium on Tuesday evening to take on Italian outfit Atalanta BC.
The Red Devils are currently top of Group F, collecting six points from their first three matches, while Atalanta are third in the section, just two points behind their opponents.
Atalanta took a two-goal lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture on October 20, with Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral on the scoresheet, but Man United hit back in spectacular fashion, scoring through Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo to secure all three points on home soil.
The result has left the Italian outfit in third position in Group F, level on points with second-placed Villarreal and just two behind leaders Man United, which is an indication of the importance of Tuesday’s contest.
Man United are top of the section on six points but cannot consider themselves to be comfortable, and a defeat would leave the group wide open.
Bayern to beat Benfica to confirm next stage berth
Bayern Munich will seek to confirm a knockout stage berth for themselves when they take on Benfica at home in a UEFA Champions League game on Tuesday.
Bayern responded to the 5-0 humiliation against Borussia Monchengladbach in style, inflicting a 5-2 loss upon Union Berlin in their most recent league game.
They are first in Group E with nine points from three matches played. They have scored 12 goals and conceded none, and have been the most impressive side in the competition so far.
Benfica, on the other hand, are second in the group and have four points from three matches played. They have a record of one win, one draw and one loss.
Bayern Munich and Benfica have played five matches against each other so far. Benfica are yet to register a win against the Bavarian giants, while one game ended in a draw.
Malmo welcome favourites Chelsea
A fortnight after their one-sided meeting in London, holders Chelsea reconvene with Malmo in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.
The pair clash at the Eleda Stadion with the European champions sitting second in the group behind Juventus, while their hosts are rock-bottom, without either a goal or a point.
Having begun the defence of their continental crown with a 1-0 win against Zenit St Petersburg, then lost by the scoreline to Juventus in Turin, Chelsea took a significant step towards the knockout stage earlier this month as they crushed Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
Certainly, the Blues’ league form since taking Malmo to the cleaners last time around will give Tuesday’s home side serious cause for concern.
Chelsea have now posted 13 points from a possible 15 away from home in the Premier League – which they lead by three points from Liverpool – and have conceded just once on the road in that competition. All of which makes uncomfortable reading for their next hosts.
Sevilla, Lille go head-to-head in Groug G
Sevilla and Lille will go head-to-head in a UEFA Champions League game set to take place on Tuesday at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Sevilla are second in Group G with three points from three matches played. They are still seeking their first win in the competition, and have three draws so far.
Sevilla are coming off a 2-0 win against Osasuna in the league.
Lille, meanwhile, are third in the group with two points from three games. Like Sevilla, they are seeking their first win. They have drawn two and lost one match in the competition.
Lille lost a closely contested affair 2-1 against Paris St. Germain in the league and will be looking to return to winning ways on Tuesday night.
Sevilla and Lille have played four matches against each other so far. Sevilla have won one game, while Lille have emerged victorious on two occasions. One game ended in a draw.
Juventus host Zenit St Petersburg at home
Juventus host Zenit St Petersburg in Group H at the Allianz Stadium. Juventus have performed impeccably in their European duties so far. After beating Malmo 3-0 away from home in their first game, the Bianconeri picked up 1-0 wins over Chelsea and Zenit St Petersburg in their second and third games respectively. Juventus sit top of the group with nine points from an obtainable nine. They are yet to concede in the competition and will be targeting a win on Tuesday to confirm their place in the knockout stages.
Zenit St Petersburg sit third in Group H with three points and need a win to keep alive their hopes of qualification.
There have been just three meetings between Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg in the past, all of which came in the Champions League. Juventus have won two of those games and drawn the other.