The remaining eight Game Week Two fixtures of UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stages take place on the evening of Wednesday 28th September 2011.
Tonight it is the turn of teams from groups E, F, G and H.
Bayer Leverkusen v Genk – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Bayer Leverkusen entertain Belgian side, FC Genk, in Group E with both sides needing to add points if they harbour dreams of reaching the knockout phase.
Leverkusen were well beaten by Bayern Munich on the weekend in the Bundesliga, and fell to a defeat in the opening round of this tournament, losing 2-0 away at Chelsea, while Genk secured a 0-0 draw at home to Valencia in their first UEFA match of this season.
Both sides will hope for a little better than that tonight.
Valencia v Chelsea – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Valencia and Chelsea have been favourites to progress from this group since the draw was made in Monaco at the end of August, so this match in Spain will be a key indicator as to the likelihood of that scenario playing out.
Certainly Chelsea looked the better of the two sides in the opening fixtures a fortnight ago, though, with home advantage, and some small improvements in possession, Valencia will pose a significant threat to the London club in what looks, on paper, to be an interesting encounter.
Arsenal v Olympiakos – Group F – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Arsenal got a solid 3-0 home league win over Bolton on the weekend, to begin righting their season, which has been in danger of entirely derailing in recent weeks.
With two live Group F rivals facing each other this evening, Arsenal will be targeting nothing short of victory from this home match, if they are to stand any chance of topping this difficult group.
Marseille v Borussia Dortmund – Group F – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Another excellent UEFA Champions League tie lies in wait for fans at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, this evening, as Olympidue de Marseille entertain Borussia Dortmund.
Marseille currently top Group F after winning in the opening week – while Dortmund drew with Arsenal – so will be keen to get another result and maintain a push for a knockout place.
That might prove easier said than done against a Dortmund side that looks strong as ever, particularly defensively.
Zenit St Petersburg v FC Porto – Group G – Kick-Off (CET) 18:00
Zenit and Porto face off in Russia in the evening’s early kick-off match.
The hosts will be looking for better than their opening day humbling at the hands of Cypriot outfit, Apoel Nicosia, while Porto, the 2010/11 Europa League Champions, will be keen to continue the momentum gathered in their first-match victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Apoel Nicosia – Group G – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Cypriot side, Apoel Nicosia have the opportunity to show that their debut win over Zenit was no fluke when they travel to Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena, in Ukraine.
Donetsk will be desperate to get their UEFA campaign off the mark, after an opening round defeat at the hands of the useful Porto, so Nicosia will have their work cut out in what is likely to be the most hostile away fixture many of their players have ever experienced: this is Apoel’s first away day in the Champions League. How much they enjoy this occasion will depend on their ability to contain another seasoned European club.
In Italy, AC Milan welcome Plzen of the Czech Republic in Group H.
This group saw two draws in the opening round, so, with all the sides locked on a point apiece, a result this evening is crucial, particularly when one considers that the group also contains the 2011 Champions, Barcelona.
BATE Borisov v Barcelona – Group H – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
BATE Borisov are playing host to the holders, Barcelona, and will be hoping the Catalan giants experience something of a dip in the form that has seen Lionel Messi score two hat-tricks, and Barca 15 goals, in their past three La Liga outings.
UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage Fixtures, Wednesday 28 September 2011
All kick-off times are in Central European Time (CET).
- Zenit St Petersburg v FC Porto – Group G – Kick-Off (CET) 18:00
- AC Milan v Plzen – Group H – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Arsenal v Olympiakos – Group F – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- BATE Borisov v Barcelona – Group H – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Bayer Leverkusen v Genk – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Marseille v Borussia Dortmund – Group F – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Shakhtar Donetsk v Apoel Nicosia – Group G – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Valencia v Chelsea – Group E – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45