Champions League Wednesday preview: City host PSG in blockbuster clash

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The Champions League continues tonight with as many as six clubs looking to confirm their spot in the knockout phase.

Mauricio Pochettino takes his Paris Saint-Germain side to Manchester City in the standout clash while European giants Liverpool, Real Madrid, and AC Milan are also in action.

Group A

Club Brugge vs RB Leipzig (8pm, BT Sport Extra 4)

Club Brugge must beat RB Leipzig to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages from group A.

The Belgian side won 2-1 at Leipzig in September but have only tasted victory in one of their last 15 home games in the Champions League.

That was a 3-0 win in December 2020 and marked the only occasion they scored more than one goal during that run.

Keeping Christopher Nkunku quiet will be key for Brugge — his five goals were only bettered by Robert Lewandowski (eight) and Sebastien Haller (seven) in the first four matchdays.

Manchester City vs PSG (8 pm, BT Sport 2)

Both Manchester City and PSG know victory at the Etihad tonight will rubber-stamp their spot in the last 16.

Les Parisiens’ 2-0 victory earlier in the group was their first-ever win over City — but they are yet to win on the road in this year’s competition.

They will have to try and keep out free-scoring City, who have scored nine goals in their two games since that defeat in Paris.

Summer signing Jack Grealish has played some of his best football in Europe with his 11 chances creating the most of any City player.

With Liverpool running away with group B, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan will give themselves every chance of progressing with three points at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atleti boasts a 100% record against Milan, having not lost to an Italian side at home in 22 years, and faces the only winless side left in the group.

Simeone’s outfit has conceded just 19 goals in 40 home Champions League games during his time in charge and all the stats point towards more success.

Milan will need Rafael Leao — an injury doubt — and Brahim Diaz to step up in Spain. The pair have both notched one goal and one assist in the tournament this season.

Liverpool vs Porto (8 pm, BT Sport 3)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool host Porto knowing their spot at the top of group A is already secured.

But the visitors will be hoping to improve on their record of one draw and three defeats at Anfield as they look to stay second heading into Matchday 6.

A run of seven clean sheets in nine Champions League games will give Porto hope, though they did concede five against the Reds in the return fixture in September.

Sadio Mane will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Porto again with five goals in five appearances against them.

Group C

Besiktas vs Ajax (5.45pm, BT Sport ESPN)

Red-hot Ajax travels to woeful Besiktas in a dead rubber in Istanbul.

The Dutch giants have a 100% record against Besiktas as well as four wins from four games in this season’s Champions League.

Besiktas, meanwhile, have lost six in a row in this competition, conceding 20 goals in that run — an average of 3.3 per game.

Ajax striker Haller has two assists to go alongside his seven strikes so far this campaign and will be the attacking linchpin for Erik ten Hag’s side against the Turkish champions tonight.

The Champions League continues tonight with as many as six clubs looking to confirm their spot in the knockout phase.

Mauricio Pochettino takes his Paris Saint-Germain side to Manchester City in the standout clash while European giants Liverpool, Real Madrid, and AC Milan are also in action.

Group A

Club Brugge vs RB Leipzig (8pm, BT Sport Extra 4)

Club Brugge must beat RB Leipzig to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages from group A.

The Belgian side won 2-1 at Leipzig in September but have only tasted victory in one of their last 15 home games in the Champions League.

That was a 3-0 win in December 2020 and marked the only occasion they scored more than one goal during that run.

Keeping Christopher Nkunku quiet will be key for Brugge — his five goals were only bettered by Robert Lewandowski (eight) and Sebastien Haller (seven) in the first four matchdays.

Manchester City vs PSG (8 pm, BT Sport 2)

Both Manchester City and PSG know victory at the Etihad tonight will rubber-stamp their spot in the last 16.

Les Parisiens’ 2-0 victory earlier in the group was their first-ever win over City — but they are yet to win on the road in this year’s competition.

They will have to try and keep out free-scoring City, who have scored nine goals in their two games since that defeat in Paris.

Summer signing Jack Grealish has played some of his best football in Europe with his 11 chances creating the most of any City player.

Source: Livescore.

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