Tuesday UCL Preview: Leicester look to maintain winning start, Spurs face tough Leverkusen trip

Premier League champions Leicester have made a strong start to their first ever Champions League campaign and the Foxes will be aiming for three wins from three when they entertain FC Copenhagen.

Claudio Ranieri’s side followed up an impressive Champions League debut in a 3-0 win at Club Brugge, by defeating 2004 winners Porto last time out with Islam Slimani scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory to make it two wins from two.

Islam Slimani scored the only goal in Leicester's 1-0 win over Porto image: skysports.com

Islam Slimani scored the only goal in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Porto
image: skysports.com

Danish champions Copenhagen have also made a strong start to their campaign having picked up a point in Porto and thrashed Belgian side Club Brugge 4-0 three weeks ago so this could be Leicester’s toughest challenge of the group thus far.

It may not be going Leicester’s way in the Premier League after suffering another heavy defeat at the weekend in a 3-0 loss to Chelsea but I think they have enough about them to scrape past Copenhagen and maintain their winning start in Europe.

The other group G game sees Porto aim for their first victory of the campaign when they make the trip to Club Brugge and I expect Nuno Espírito Santo’s side to pick up a big win.

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Real Madrid were denied a big victory against Borussia Dortmund last time out as Andre Schurrle rescued a late point for the German side but the Champions League holders should have no problems against Polish side Legia Warsaw.

Zinedine Zidane’s men ended a run of four draws to thrash Real Betis 6-1 in La Liga action at the weekend and I am sure when winless Legia Warsaw make the trip to the Spanish capital it is just a case of how many goals the 11 time European champions will score.

Real Madrid’s group F rivals Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to keep in touch with the holders as they face a tricky trip to Sporting Lisbon, with the Portuguese side looking for back-to-back victories.

Jorge Jesus side gave Real Madrid a scare in their opening game with Zidane’s side needing two late goals to win in the Portuguese capital, but I think Dortmund will have too much quality for them and come away with all three points.

Tottenham look to build on their 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow three weeks ago as Mauricio Pochettino’s men aim for back-to-back victories as travel to German side Bayer Leverkusen.

Roger Schmidt’s side were denied their first victory against Monaco on matchday two thanks to Kamil Glik’s incredible injury time equaliser but I think the Bundesliga side can grab their first three points against Spurs.

Javier Hernandez and Hakan Calhanoglu will be the main threats that Tottenham will have to keep an eye on and despite a strong start from Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the Premier League, I think this will be a victory for Leverkusen.

The other group E fixture sees Monaco look to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign as they face a tough trip to CSKA Moscow but I think the French side will come away from the Russian capital with the win.

Tottneham picked up their first win of the group at CSKA Moscow image: goal.com

Tottneham picked up their first win of the group at CSKA Moscow
image: goal.com

Finally in group H, Serie A champions Juventus look to make it two wins on the bounce but face a tricky trip to French side Lyon to maintain their unbeaten start in the Champions League.

Lyon will be looking to bounce back after a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla last time out and while I believe the Ligue 1 side will prove tougher opponents than Dinamo Zagreb, who Juventus thrashed 4-0 in their last European game, the Italians should cruise to another win.

In the other group E game, Sevilla will be expected to pile the misery on Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and made it back-to-back wins for the Europa League champions.

Group E

Bayer Leverkusen v Tottenham (1945)
CSKA Moscow v Monaco (1945)

Group F

Sporting Lisbon v Borussia Dortmund (1945)
Real Madrid v Legia Warsaw (1945)

Group G

Club Brugge v Porto (1945)
Leicester v Copenhagen (1945)

Group H

Dinamo Zagreb v Sevilla (1945)
Lyon v Juventus(1945)

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