UCL Tuesday preview: Chelsea face tough Porto trip, Arsenal favourites for Olympiacos test

Jose Mourinho will bring his Chelsea side to old club Porto, as the Blues hope to put their Premier League woes behind them and make it two wins out of two in the Champions League.

Chelsea could only manage a point at winless Newcastle at the weekend but Chelsea will be hoping for a performance more along the lines of their Champions League opener when they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0.

Diego Costa is available for Chelsea as his three-match ban does not apply to European fixtures image: uefa.com

Diego Costa is available for Chelsea as his three-match ban does not apply to European fixtures
image: uefa.com

Portuguese side Porto will provide a much stronger test than what Maccabi offered and Chelsea will need to put on strong performance to take anything away for the unbeaten Primeira Liga leaders. Mourinho would love a win against his former side but I’m predicting a draw.

The other game in group G sees Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv host Dynamo Kiev and with the Ukrainian’s holding Porto to a draw in their opener, Serhiy Rebrov’s side should collect all three points.

Arsenal will look to secure their first Champions League win of the season and after sending five past Leicester at the weekend, the Gunners should be full of confidence as they wait the visit of Greek side Olympiacos.

The Gunners will be hoping for a much better outcome after seeing their side fall to a shock defeat to Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago and fans expect Arsenal to get back to winning ways tonight with a comfortable win over the Greek champions.

Olympiacos made have 42 Superleague titles to their name and are unbeaten in five in the league this season but when it comes to this competition, they have a mixed record over the past few years. Arsenal should not be losing this.

Of course, Bayern Munich is yet to come for Arsenal and tonight the Germans giants host Dinamo Zagreb with Pep Guardiola’s side expected to bring the Croatian side back down to earth and it should be at least four for the Bundesliga champions.

Holders Barcelona search for their first win after being held to an away draw at Roma last time out and they are expected to bag all three points against Bayer Leverkusen but will have to do it without Lionel Messi.

The Argentine has been ruled out of action for two months with a knee ligament injury but the Catalans still have enough firepower in Neymar and Luis Suarez to get the job done against their German opponents.

Barcelona are without Lionel Messi for their clash with Bayer Leverkusen image: espnfc.com

Barcelona are without Lionel Messi for their clash with Bayer Leverkusen
image: espnfc.com

Roma face an away trip to Belarus in the other group E game when they face BATE Borisov with the Serie A side expected to return to the Italian capital with all three points.

Finally in group H, Lyon welcome Valencia to the Stade de Gerland as both sides look for their first win of this Champions League campaign, while Zenit St. Petersburg will be expected to make it back-to-back wins against Belgian side KAA Gent.

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

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