Eight UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage fixtures are scheduled to take place on the evening of Tuesday 27th September 2011, as the teams in Groups A, B, C and D are in action in the second game week of the competition.
Bayern Munich v Manchester City – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Bayern Munich face UEFA Champions League newcomers, Manchester City, at home in Group A.
The Germans have a long history in this competition and come into the match in rude health: they currently sit atop the Bundesliga having lost only one match in seven. Their most recent game was an impressive 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Man City, on the other hand, are top of their league, the Barclays Premier League, at least on points, and have yet to be beaten by any side in competitive football to date this season.
Whoever is going to win this most difficult of groups, Group A, may well be decided by whoever comes out on top of the home and away legs of this fixture.
A fascinating prospect lies for fans at the Allianz Arena.
Napoli v Villarreal – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
While Bayern and Man City face off in Germany, in Italy, Napoli will entertain Spain’s Villarreal.
Napoli began their UEFA Champions League campaign with an important away draw in Manchester last time out, so will be looking to add more points with their home fixture against a Villarreal side who are under-performing in La Liga a little at present.
A loss for either side in this fixture may well prove disastrous in the context of this “group of death”.
CSKA Moscow v Inter Milan – Group B – Kick-Off (CET) 18:00
In the evening’s early kick-off match – in Russia – CSKA Moscow entertain Italian giants, the 2010 champions, Inter Milan.
Inter are not the side they were in 2010, quite, but they are still a force to be reckoned with. However, whether they have enough in their locker to beat the 2005 UEFA Cup winners away from home, remains to be seen. Inter’s form coming into this match could certainly be better: they have yet to win a match in four attempts in Serie A, and were turned over at the San Siro by lowly Trabzonspor a fortnight ago. If CSKA are ever to beat Inter Milan, tonight would seem to be a great opportunity.
Trabzonspor v Lille – Group B – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Having picked up that important victory over Inter last time out in this competition, Group B leaders Trabzonspor host French side Lille, who shared a point with CSKA a fortnight ago.
The winner of this match could well top Group B come the end of the night, so there is much at stake. These two sides will also have the advantage of knowing the score from the CSKA v Inter match as they kick-off, too.
Manchester United v Basel – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Basel lead Group C following an opening round win over SC Otelul Galati, but will have a more difficult time at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, even with the hosts missing Wayne Rooney through a hamstring injury.
United showed touches of class in their away draw at Benfica a fortnight ago and have been excellent in their domestic Barclays Premier League matches to date. With home advantage, United are expected to defeat Basel this evening.
SC Otelul Galati v Benfica – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Benfica held Manchester United, last season’s finalists, to a draw in their opening Champions League match of the season, so will be hoping to secure all three points from this away fixture at Romanian side, Otelul Galati.
Whether Otelul Galati can gain their first ever Champions League points will depend on their ability to stop Benfica’s good counter attacking style. The Portuguese will be worth at least one goal this evening, so the hosts will have to score at least once if they are to get a points return from this match, it is felt.
Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
With Ajax and Real Madrid the other two teams in this difficult Group D, both Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb will be looking for a point or more from this evening’s encounter in France.
With so much at stake, however, this match may well turn into a cagey affair. A draw may be imminent.
Real Madrid v Ajax – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
Definitely more attention in Group D will be focussed on this match-up of European greats, Real Madrid and Ajax at Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid have the stronger team from one to eleven, home advantage, and a manager, in Jose Mourinho, whose UEFA Champions League record speaks for itself. Therefore, if Ajax can get away from Spain with a point or better, they’ll feel it was a job well done.
Current form would indicate that this is unlikely, however, for Real are beginning to hit some good goal-scoring form, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring multiple times already this season. That said, Ajax are yet to taste defeat this season in league or UEFA competition, so an absorbing encounter looks to be on the cards this evening.
UEFA Champions League 2011/12 Group Stage Fixtures – Tuesday 27 September 2011
All kick-off times are in Central European Time (CET).
- CSKA Moscow v Inter Milan – Group B – Kick-Off (CET) 18:00
- Bayern Munich v Manchester City – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Manchester United v Basel – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Napoli v Villarreal – Group A – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Real Madrid v Ajax – Group D – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- SC Otelul Galati v Benfica – Group C – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45
- Trabzonspor v Lille – Group B – Kick-Off (CET) 20:45