Wednesday UCL Preview: Man City face tough Barcelona trip, Arsenal expected to thrash Ludogorets

After three games without a win, Man City look to get back to winning ways as Pep Guardiola takes his new side to face former club Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

A thrilling 3-3 draw with Celtic three weeks ago saw Man City drop their first points since Guardiola took charge in the summer and since then they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham and were held by Everton at the weekend to make it three games without a victory.

A 3-3 draw with Celtic ended Man City's 100% start under new boss Pep Guardiola image: dailymail.co.uk

A 3-3 draw with Celtic ended Man City’s 100% start under new boss Pep Guardiola
image: dailymail.co.uk

Barcelona will welcome Man City to the Nou Camp with six wins from six following a 7-0 thrashing of Celtic on matchday one but they were made to work for the win at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Man City have been outclassed by the Catalans in their past four Champions League meetings and while this could be the closest they will come, Barcelona have the quality to see off the challenge of the early Premier League leaders.

Celtic will hope to build on that massive point against Man City when they welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to Celtic Park in the other group C game.

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Brendan Rodgers side are already comfortably top of the pile in the Scottish Premiership and despite Andre Schubert’s side making the trip to Glasgow on the back of two defeats in the Champions League, I think they will bag their first win and bring Celtic back down to earth.

After rescuing a late point against Paris St Germain last time out, Arsenal look to keep up their unbeaten start in group A when they welcome Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad to the Emirates Stadium.

Ludogorets did brilliantly to take a point away from Swiss side Basel on match day two but Arsenal is a completely different challenge and it should just be a case of by how many the Gunners will win by.

Arsene Wenger’s side will come into this full of confidence after a 3-2 win over Swansea at the weekend saw them make it six league wins on the bounce and I expect them to cruise to another three points and put one foot in the knockout stages.

It has been an indifferent start to life for Paris St Germain under new manager Unai Emery but after squandering two points against Arsenal lat time out, I believe the French champions will get back to winning ways when they entertain Swiss champions Basel.

Last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid picked up a massive win against German giants Bayern Munich three weeks ago and Diego Simeone’s side look to make it three wins on the trot when they travel to Russian side Rostov.

Not many would have heard of last season’s Russian Premier League runners-up but they did give PSV Eindhoven a tough test on matchday two by taking a point in a 2-2 draw with the Dutch side.

However they were also thumped by Bayern 5-0 in their opening game and despite home advantage, I reckon Atletico will be heading back to the Spanish capital with all three points in this group D clash.

Yannick Carrrasco scored the only goal in Atletico's win over Bayern Munich image: goal.com

Yannick Carrrasco scored the only goal in Atletico’s win over Bayern Munich
image: goal.com

Bayern Munich have failed to win a game in all competitions following that defeat to Atletico Madrid with two consecutive draws in the Bundesliga and but I reckon they will get back to winning ways when they welcome PSV Eindhoven to the Allainz Arena.

Finally in group B, Napoli picked up a big 4-2 win over rivals Benfica last time out and they will look to follow-up that victory by making it three wins from three when they entertain Turkish side Besiktas.

Benfica will hope to bounce back from that defeat and pick up their first win of the campaign when they travel to Ukraine to face Dynamo Kiev but I think Rui Vitoria’s side will have to make do with second draw of the campaign.

Group A

Arsenal v Ludogorets (1945)
PSG v Basel
(1945)

Group B

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

Group C

Barcelona v Man City(1945)
Celtic v Borussia Monchengladbach 
(1945)

Group D

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

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