Wednesday UCL Preview: Leicester face tough Copenhagen trip, Spurs entertain Leverkusen at Wembley

Premier League champions Leicester look to make it four wins from four as the Foxes face a tough trip to Danish side FC Copenhagen, where a victory will assure their spot in the last 16.

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal in Leicester’s home win against Copenhagen two weeks ago,  but a trip to Parken will prove a much tougher test for Claudio Ranieri’s side with the Danish champions having not lost a home game since August 2015.

Royad Mahrez scored the only goal in Leicester's 1-0 win over Copenhagen image: slysports.com

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal in Leicester’s 1-0 win over Copenhagen
image: skysports.com

Champions League football have given something for Leicester fans to cheer about with the club already out of the race to retain their Premier League crown having just won three of their opening ten league games.

Copenhagen have impressed in the Champions League with a 4-0 thrashing of Club Brugge and a point away at Porto and I think they will deny Leicester a fourth win on the bounce and snatch a point from the English champions.

Porto will look to keep their hopes of advancing to the next round alive in the other group G game, as Nuno Esprito Santo’s side look to make it a second win on the trot when they entertain Club Brugge of Belgium.

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With four points from their opening three games, Tottenham’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages still very much hang in the balance, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side can take a major step towards the last 16 with victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

Monaco outclassed Spurs at Wembley in their opening group E fixture last month, while Son Heung-min scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow before holding German side Leverkusen to a scoreless draw two weeks ago.

Tottenham will be hoping to put a five game winless run in all competitions behind them and pick up their first home win of the campaign at Wembley, but I like the look of Roger Schmidt’s side which is why I think this will end in another draw.

Monaco can take a big step towards the last 16 as they play host to Russian side CSKA Moscow in the other group E game as the French side could to continue their unbeaten start int he Champions League.

Leonardo Jardim’s side come into this one with just two wins in their last six games and needed late goals to save a point in their last two Champions League outings but I expect them to prove too strong for CSKA Moscow.

Champions League holders Real Madrid are heavy favourites to secure a victory against Polish side Legia Warsaw as Zinedine Zidane’s side will secure qualification to the knockout stages with a victory at the Polish Army Stadium.

Real Madrid have won their last three La Liga games which has seen them climb to the top table and are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions this season, which will extend to 14 after tonight’s game.

The Polish side have yet to pick up a single point in group F and have also conceded 13 goals, including five to the holders last time out. It will be damage limitations for Jacek Magiera’s side, as Real Madrid will be expected to cruise to victory.

Borussia Dortmund will join their group F rivals Real Madrid in the last 16 as they look to keep tabs on the Spanish giants in the race for top spot when they welcome Sporting Lisbon to Westfalenstadion.

Thomas Tuchel’s are currently on seven points with Real Madrid having won two and drawn once in their opening three games, but the Portuguese side will be looking to cause an upset and keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.

Dortmund have been in poor form as of late with no win in four in the Bundesliga but I expect the German side to overcome a tough test from Jorge Jesus’ side and secure their spot in the last 16.

Real Madrid hit five past Legia Warsaw at the Santiago Bernabeu image: goal.com

Real Madrid hit five past Legia Warsaw at the Santiago Bernabeu
image: goal.com

2015 Champions League runners-up Juventus are also one win away from reaching the knockout stages and the Serie A leaders will be looking to seal the deal against French side Lyon.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side have taken seven points from nine in group H and were made to work to a 1-0 win in Lyon last time out with Juan Cuadrado’s strike handing Juventus the win and I think it will be another three points in the bag for the Italians tonight.

Europa League champions Sevilla will join the Italian side in the knockout stages and Jorge Sampaoli’s side should have no problems in securing what they want against winless Dinamo Zagreb.

Group E

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

Group F

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

Group G

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

Group H

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

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