Welcome to the UEFA Champions League Gameweek 3. From 5:45 pm today, the gaze of the world will once again be fixed on this money-spinning, drama-filled, first-class competition.
The previous Gameweek was action-packed. Bayern Munich stamped their feet as the boss against Barcelona. They have done that for a while now. And even when it felt like the Spanish side could finally go against the order of things, having signed Bayern’s best player, Robert Lewandowski in the summer, the result remained the same. Xavi Hernandez’s men were not bad, yet they just showed that there was still a level to attain against teams of this stature.
Sporting upset Tottenham in stoppage time. Club Brugge paid very little respect to former champions, Porto even in Portugal. Juventus faltered and Manchester City was almost stunned by Borussia Dortmund until Erling Haaland decided to show up.
This midweek, some heavyweights will go head-to-head. The Champions League never fails to deliver.
Review Of Gameweek 2
Kostas Tsimikas scored late to give Liverpool a 2-1 win against Ajax. In the other group A match, Napoli thumped Rangers 3-0 in Scotland.
Bayer Leverkusen stunned Atletico Madrid 2-0 thanks to an inspirational performance by Jeremie Frimpong in Group B. Meanwhile, Club Brugge thrashed FC Porto 4-0 at the Estadio do Dragao.
In Group C, whipping boys, Viktoria Plzen succumbed to a 2-0 loss to Inter as Bayern Munich earned a 2-0 win against Barcelona.
Sporting scored two in the dying minutes to hand Tottenham their first loss of the season in Group D. Eintracht Frankfurt managed a 1-0 victory against Marseille.
AC Milan edged out Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 as Chelsea settled for a 1-1 draw with FC Salzburg in Group E.
Shakhtar Donetsk shared the spoils in a 1-1 encounter with Celtic. Federico Valverde was on target as Real Madrid eased past RB Leipzig 2-0 to top Group F.
Copenhagen and Sevilla played out a drab goalless draw in Group G as Manchester City had to come from behind to defeat a spirited Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus stumbled at home to Benfica 1-2. Ligue 1 winners, PSG continued its 100% record in Group H with a 3-1 win against Maccabi Haifa. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar all got in on the act.
Preview Of Gameweek 3
Gameweek 3 is set for some excellent football display.
Groups A-D will kick off the party Today, while Groups E-H will join the action on Wednesday.
Napoli, who has been flourishing this season on all fronts will fancy its chances against Ajax in Group A. Liverpool will be desperate to better its last Premier league result when Rangers come to Anfield.
In Group B, Club Brugge will be brimming with confidence after its last UCL win as Atletico Madrid visits. Porto will hope to return to winning ways against Bayer Leverkusen.
Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich has a chance to make it 3/3 when it hosts Viktoria Plzen in Group C. Inter and Barcelona will face off in tonight’s blockbuster with the latter being the favourites.
Marseille welcomes Sporting to France as Tottenham travels to face the Europa League champions, Eintracht Frankfurt in Group D.
Group E will see a balanced encounter between Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb. Chelsea and AC Milan meet in London tomorrow. Graham Potter will be desperate to get his side ticking.
RB Leipzig takes on Celtic as La Liga giants, Real Madrid will be confident of seeing off Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F.
Pep Guardiola might yet rotate his side conspicuously when Manchester City host Copenhagen in Group G. Sevilla will do battle against Borussia Dortmund.
Struggling Serie A side, Juventus faces a tricky Maccabi Haifa as Group H leaders, PSG makes the trip to Benfica.
Predictions For Gameweek 3
Liverpool vs Rangers (1)
Ajax vs Napoli (goal/goal)
Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid (over 1.5 goals)
Porto vs Bayer Leverkusen (over 1.5 goals)
Bayern Munich vs Viktoria Plzen (1)
Inter Milan vs Barcelona (over 2.5 goals)
Marseille vs Sporting (X2)
Salzburg vs Dinamo Zagreb (over 1.5 goals)
Chelsea vs AC Milan (over 2.5 goals)
RB Leipzig vs Celtic (goal/goal)
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk (1)
Manchester City vs Copenhagen (1)
Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund (over 2.5 goals)
Benfica vs PSG (2)
Juventus vs Maccabi Haifa (1)