Big Guns Look To Maintain Momentum (pt.2)
Wednesday night sees last years runners up Manchester United take centre stage, as they face Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg at Old Trafford. Both teams got off to a winning start in week one but with home advantage, it’s United that will be under the most pressure to perform in week two.
Wolfsburg have hit a good patch of form after a slow start to the domestic season and will go into the match full of confidence following a a 4-2 win over Hannover 96 at the weekend.
In Edin Dzeko and Grafite, Wolfsburg have one of the most potent attacking partnerships in the competition. Last season they scored 54 goals between them in a hugely successful league campaign and this season Grafite has already shown his quality in the Champions League competition, with a hat-trick against CSKA Moscow.
Wolfsburg may be the team in form but the biggest club in Germany is still Bayern Munich and they will have a chance to show their class when they play Juventus at the Allianz Arena. Juve will be no pushovers though and have a point to prove after only managing a draw in their opener with Bordeaux.
Group C contains two giants of the European game, experiencing vastly contrasting starts to the season. The two clubs have won the tournament 14 times between them but while Madrid are second favourites to add to their tally, an ageing Milan side are now classed as outsiders after an awful start to their domestic campaign.
The Rossoneri currently sit 11th in Serie A and will be taking nothing for granted at home to FC Zurich, while Madrid will be expected to maintain their 100% start in all competitions, with victory over Marseille.
Finally, Group D plays host to two intriguing fixtures as Cypriot minnows Apoel play host to Chelsea and struggling Athletico Madrid travel to Porto. Apoel picked up an unexpected point at Athletico in their first fixture and will be hoping to take advantage of a Chelsea side still reeling from a weekend defeat against Wigan.
The La Liga outfit meanwhile, will be desperate for any positives, after an awful start to the season that has resulted in fan protests outside the Vicente Calderon stadium.
Wednesday 30th September
(KO 19:45 unless stated otherwise)
A: Bayern Munich v Juventus
A: Bordeaux v Maccabi Haifa
B: CSKA Moscow v Besiktas (17:30)
B: Manchester United v Wolfsburg
C: Real Madrid v Marseille
C: AC Milan v FC Zurich
D: Apoel Nicosia v Chelsea
D: FC Porto v Atletico Madrid