Tuesday, November 01, 2011

UEFA Champions League: Tuesday's Previews + Tables

Several top sides will be hoping to take one step closer to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages by notching wins on Tuesday night.

In Group G, Shakhtar Donetsk will be hoping to repeat their quarter-final run last season by beating the reigning Russian champions, Zenit St Petersburg, who, on the other hand, are looking to build over their win over Porto in their last European fixture. Elsewhere in Group G, Porto will look to beat APOEL in Nicosia in order to nab top spot in the group.

Genk's home from above...

In Group F, Arsenal will hope to continue their undefeated run in the group stages by beating Marseille at the Emirates Stadium, would would mark a historic first victory over French opposition in their relatively new stadium. In Group H, both AC Milan and Barcelona are expected to ease to victories in spite of playing away, as they face BATE Borisov and Viktoria Plzen respectively.

Last, but not least, it promises to be a tough battle between La Liga's Valencia and Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Valencia come into this match off a 2-1 defeat to the Germans, and will be desperate for all three points to keep their European dreams alive. Bayer Leverkusen, on the other hand, will be keen to keep pace with Group E leaders Chelsea, who themselves will be looking for a pick-me-up win against lowly Genk.

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