United and City set for Champions League action

After two poor performances by Chelsea and Arsenal in last night’s fixtures, tonight’s Champions League lineup sees Manchester United host Wolfsburg at Old Trafford and Manchester City play Borussia Monchengladbach away in Germany.

Image; Sky Sports

Image; Sky Sports

Since losing 2-1 to PSV in the opening fixture of the Champions League Group Stage, United have been in emphatic form on the domestic front, scoring nine goals in three games, including an impressive 3-2 victory away at Southampton.

Anthony Martial will once again be the focus of attention this evening. The 19-year old has scored four goals in his first five games for the Red Devils, with a fantastic solo effort against Liverpool being the cream of the crop.

Louis Van Gaal has emphasised the importance of tonight’s game in qualifying for the latter stages of the competition.

“In the Champions League, you need to win all your home matches, otherwise it will be very difficult.”

Image; Metro

Image; Metro

After a 4-1 loss to Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City are looking to bounce back with a win away in Germany.

David Silva and Yaya Toure are likely to return tonight after injuries, which will bolster the City attack alongside Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne – who has scored three goals in three starts since joining city for a club record fee.

Defensively City are struggling, with Vincent Company, Gael Clichy, Joe Hart and Eliaquim Mangala all expected to miss tonight’s game through injuries picked up in the last few weeks.

Once again, this is a must-win game for City, who lost their opening game 2-1 at home to a Juventus side struggling domestically. Historically City have a poor record in the Champions League, having failed to qualify for the next round in the last four seasons.

Tonight’s game will make for even harder reading on the blue side of Manchester as no English club has ever beaten Monchengladbach in Germany. The Bundesliga side have also won their last four meetings with English opposition.

Image; Juventus Official Club Website

Image; Juventus Official Club Website

Elsewhere, last year’s finalists Juventus host Europa League winners Sevilla in Turin. Both teams have struggled early on in their domestic campaigns, particularly Juventus, having lost Pirlo and Carlos Tevez in the summer transfer window.

Real Madrid face a tough away fixture against Celtic’s conquerors Malmo while their city rivals Atletico host Portuguese giants Benfica.

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