UCL Wednesday preview: Chelsea aim to get back to winning ways, Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb

After a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign, Chelsea hope to hit the ground running in their Champions League group as the Blues hope to put their league woes behind them when they entertain Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Premier League champions have won just one of their opening five league games with defeat to Everton at the weekend their third loss of the season thus far. Jose Mourinho needs to turn this slump around and fast.

Chelsea have suffered three defeats in five league games image: espnfc.com

Chelsea have suffered three defeats in five league games
image: espnfc.com

Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv are a side that Chelsea should really be beaten and the Blues should record victory at Stamford Bridge tonight and fans will hope a win revitalises their league campaign as well.

Jose Mourinho’s former club Porto is one of the other sides that Chelsea will face in group G and the Portuguese side make the trip to Dynamo Kiev as they look to start their Champions League campaign with a win.

Arsenal get their 18th successive Champions League under way tonight as the Gunners will be expected to pick up all three points when they face Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.

This is a massive task for the Croatian side as they look to keep  the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud quiet and upset the odds with victory tonight. Arsenal should be recording a comfortable win tonight.

The biggest test standing in Arsenal’s way of a 16th straight season of qualifying from the groups is German giants Bayern Munich and first up for Pep Guardiola’s side is a trip to Greek side Olympiakos.

Barcelona get their defence of the Champions League with a tricky trip to Serie A Roma as Luis Enrique’s team look to become the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

Last year’s Serie A runners-up Roma are a decent side but the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar should prove too much for Rudi Garcia’s side to handle as Barcelona look start off their Champions League group with a win.

The other group E game sees Belarussian side face a difficult trip to Bayer Leverkusen and with both sides the underdogs in this group a win tonight will be crucial in an attempt to advance to the last 16.

Barcelona face a tricky trip to Roma in their opening group game image: bbc.com

Barcelona face a tricky trip to Roma in their opening group game
image: bbc.com

French side Lyon make their return to the Champions League group stages after a four season absence and will look to get off to a winning start when they make the trip to Belgian side Gent.

The other game in group H sees La Liga side Valencia welcome Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St. Petersburg to the Mestalla in what should be a tight affair.

Group E

Bayer Leverkusen v BATE Borisov (1945)
Roma v Barcelona (1945)

Group F

Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal (1945)
Olympiakos v Bayern Munich (1945)

Group G

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv (1945)
Dynamo Kiev v Porto (1945)

Group H

Gent v Lyon (1945)
Valencia v Zenit St. Petersburg (1945)

One thought on “UCL Wednesday preview: Chelsea aim to get back to winning ways, Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb

  1. Totally agree! Chelsea should really be beating Maccabi, but it will prove to be a tough game. You don;t get to thi sstage of the Champions League by being a bad side! Nice article – enjoyed the read 🙂

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