PREVIEW: Tonight’s other Champions League games

FC Rostov winning the Russian Cup in 2014

Group D of the UEFA Champions League returns to action tonight. Russian outfit FC Rostov are set to host European giants Bayern Munich while Atlético Madrid host PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands. Both Atlético and Bayern have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Atlético have endured a perfect run of four wins from four games earning twelve points, three in front of Bayern. Meanwhile PSV and Rostov are both level on one point and only have the Europa League to look forward to, depending on whoever finishes third in the group.

Bayern will be desperate to become top dog again having been dispatched of their familiar first place standing in the Bundesliga by newly promoted RB Leipzig. The 1-0 loss to arch rivals Borussia Dortmund last Saturday dismantled Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early strike. Bayern will be looking to redeem themselves against a struggling FC Rostov who sit sixth in the Russian Premier League and have only won one of their last five league matches.

Both Rostov and Bayern Munich previously met on the opening day of the Champions League where Bayern thrashed the visiting Russians 5-0 with a brace from Joshua Kimmich among the goalscorers that included talisman Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Juan Bernat. After last Saturday’s disappointment, Bayern will be looking to make a point against Rostov tonight to let Atlético know they aren’t giving up on top spot.

Meanwhile Atlético go into their match against PSV Eindhoven eager to avenge last year’s disappointing defeat in the Champions League final at the hands of arch rivals Real Madrid. Both Atlético and PSV met on the opening day with Atlético earning a 1-0 victory thanks to Saúl Niguez’s goal just before half time.

Both teams have had contrasting league form with Atlético sitting sixth in La Liga having lost two league games on the trot, including a 3-0 defeat last Saturday at the hands of Real. PSV meanwhile have lost just once in thirteen Eredivisie matches and currently sit third in the Eredivisie.

A win would keep Atlético at the top of Group D going into the final game in the group against Bayern Munich in two weeks’ time. Both teams are favourites to win their respective games tonight so it’s likely that in two weeks’ time when they next meet, it will decide who finishes first and second in the group.

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