UCL Tuesday preview: Arsenal face tough trip to PSG, Celtic aim for big shock in Barcelona

The Champions League group stages gets underway on Tuesday night and the pick of the bunch come in the French capital as Arsenal started off their campaign with a tough test against French champions PSG.

PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by St. Etienne at the weekend to make it two games without a win but the French side will still prove tough opponents from Arsenal, who are now under the management of former Sevilla boss Unai Emery.

Santi Carzola's late penlaty handed Arsenal all three points against Southampton image: dailymail.co.uk

Santi Carzola’s late penalty handed Arsenal all three points against Southampton
image: dailymail.co.uk

It has also been a mixed start to the season for Arsenal but they do come into their first Champions League game of the season on the back of two wins on the bounce after a controversial late winner over Southampton on Saturday.

They may have lost Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Man United in the summer transfer window but there is still plenty of talent in the likes of Angel Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and new signing Jese to cause the Gunners problems and start of their campaign with a win.

The other game in group A sees Bulgarian champions Ludogorets make the trip to Swiss side Basel for the second year running with the Swiss champions beating them 4-0 here last season and I expect them to win again against Kiril Domuschiev’s side.


2015 Champions League winners Barcelona hope to get their campaign off to a winning start as Luis Enrique also looks for a response from his side when Scottish champions Celtic make the trip to the Nou Camp.

Brendan Rodgers side come to Spain on the back of a convincing 5-1 win over Rangers in the Old Firm derby, but this is a whole different level for the Scottish champions and it could get embarrassing.

The Catalans may suffered a shock 2-1 home loss to promoted Alaves at the weekend but I expect a huge response the defending La Liga champions and I expect Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to run riot on Celtic with a convincing victory.

Man City will face the trip to the Nou Camp next month which will see Pep Guardiola return to his former club but they kick-off their Champions League group stages against Borussia Monchengladbach.

The two-time Premier League champions convincingly beat Steaua Bucharest 6-0 over two legs in the play-off round and they will come into this one full of confidence after their impressive 2-1 win in the Manchester derby.

It is the second straight year that Man City have been paired with Borussia Monchengladbach with the English side winning both fixtures against the Bundesliga side last season and I expect them to make it a third straight victory against André Schubert’s side.

Guardiola’s former club Bayern Munich also start their campaign tonight as Carlo Ancelotti aims to make it four wins from four as the new German champions boss, in what should be a demolition of Russian side Rostov.

Bayern Munich will be expected to win big agsinst Russian runners-up Rostov image: ballball.com

Bayern Munich will be expected to win big against Russian runners-up Rostov
image: ballball.com

The other group D game sees last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid in action, as Diego Simone’s side look to follow-up on picking up their first La Liga win of the season with victory in The Netherlands against PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutch side who stunned Man United in the group stages last season will prove a tough fixture for the Spanish side, but I think star player Antoine Greizmann will inspire Atletico to an opening but narrow victory over PSV.

Finally in group C, favourites to top the group Benfica will be expected to pick up all three points against Turkish side Besiktas, while Italian side Napoli should manage to take a point away from a tough trip to Dynamo Kiev.

Group A

PSG v Arsenal (1945)
Basel v Ludogorets

Group B

Benfica v Besiktas (1945)
Dynamo Kiev v Napoli (1945)

Group C

Barcelona v Celtic (1945)
Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach

Group D

Bayern Munich v Rostov (1945)
PSV Eindhoven v Atletico Madrid (1945)

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