LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona will all be involved in another busy night of Champions League action on Wednesday.
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Following Tuesday night’s exciting opening fixtures, another eight set of games are scheduled for the second day of first round fixtures.
English Premier League side Arsenal in good form recently open up against Marseille in Group F at Stade Velodrome, but manager Arsene Wenger has some injury problems to leading striker Olivier Giroud and new signing Mesut Ozil.
Wenger said on www.arsenal.com: “We have a few problems. Some with Ozil but the main one is Giroud, who has a knee problem.
“He will have a test tomorrow and hopefully he will be fit. But it will only be decided tomorrow.”
Wenger added on Ozil: “He was ill and has some tight muscles after Saturday. But I think he will be OK. We are optimistic.”
Also in Group F, last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund start their quest to make another final against a challenge Napoli side.
Jurgen Klopp will against be without midfielders Ilkay Gundogan, Sebastian Kehl and Lukasz Piszczek, who are all injured, but the Dortmund boss is confident his side can handle not having them available again on Wednesday.
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez have a fully fit squad to choose from, but would not go into details as to who he would be starting in the opener.
Another EPL side, Chelsea, bow into action on Wednesday night as well, with manager Jose Mourinho confirming on Tuesday that Frank Lampard and Oscar, who both started on the bench in the Premier League defeat at Everton, will return to the starting XI for this Group E contest with Basel at Stamford Bridge.
However, Ramires, who was sent off in last month’s European Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich, will miss the clash, but summer signing Willian is in line to make his debut.
Mourinho is yet to decide on whether to start Demba Ba, Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto’o in his forward line.
Elsewhere in Champions League action on Wednesday night, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Barcelona open their campaign in Group H at Camp Nou against Ajax, a side still confident of progressing past the group stages, despite losing one of its best players, Christian Eriksen, who joined Tottenham.
AC Milan take on Celtic, while an impressive Atletico Madrid face Zenit St Petersburg in their Champions League Group G opener at Vicente Calderon.
UEFA – Champions League
Schalke 04 20:45 Steaua Bucuresti
Chelsea 20:45 Basel
Marseille 20:45 Arsenal
Napoli 20:45 Borussia Dortmund
Austria Wien 20:45 FC Porto
Atletico Madrid 20:45 Zenit St. Petersburg
AC Milan 20:45 Celtic
Barcelona 20:45 Ajax