MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Champions League football kicks off on Tuesday with the first set of opening group round play and there are eight games on the schedule.
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Two English Premier League sides will be in action on the first day, while German champion Bayern Munich and Spanish giants Barcelona are also on the schedule for Tuesday.
After getting the better of arch-rivals Manchester United in the derby at the weekend, Manchester City heads into tonight’s Group C clash with Borussia Monchengladbach at Etihad Stadium full of confidence.
The Citizens have Sergio Aguero available as he’s only suspended for domestic competitions and manager Pep Guardiola is expected to recall the Argentine striker for this fixtures after he missed the Manchester derby.
Still out though are captain and leading centre-back Vincent Kompany, who continues to recover from a thigh injury, while summer recruit Ilkay Gundogan is also out due to a knee injury.
Arsenal will also bow into action on Tuesday when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League Group A fixture at Parc des Princes.
The Gunners are expected to have a rocky night in the French capital, but manager Arsenal Wenger has revealed some good news ahead of the clash.
The Frenchman has confirmed that centre-back Laurent Koscielny is fit to start the game after suffering a facial injury in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday.
However, the English Premier League side will still be without defenders Per Mertesacker (knee) and Carl Jenkinson (knee), as well as Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (knee).
Meanwhile, Barcelona will be hoping to bounce back from the weekend’s shocking 2-1 defeat to Alavés in La Liga when Lionel Messi and co. take on Scottish champions Celtic at Camp Nou.
Barcelona will enter this game as the favourites, but Celtic will be buzzing with confidence after thrashing rivals Rangers 5-1 in the league over the weekend.
In other Champions League group stage openers on Tuesday, Bayern Munich will host Rostov in Group D at the Allianz Arena – live on ESPN3, Benfica will entertain Besiktas at Estadio da Luz in Group B, live on ESPN3 as well, while PSV Eindhoven and Atletico Madrid will meet up in Group D at Philips Stadion.
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UEFA Champions League
2:45pm PSG vs Arsenal – Arsenal Player, Fox Sports 2 USA
2:45pm Basel vs Ludogorets – ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go USA, WatchESPN
2:45pm Dynamo Kyiv vs Napoli – ESPN3, WatchESPN, Fox Soccer 2Go USA
2:45pm Benfica vs Beşiktaş – ESPN3, WatchESPN, Fox Soccer 2Go USA
2:45pm Barcelona vs Celtic – Celtic TV, Radio Barca, Fox Sports 1 USA, …
2:45pm Manchester City vs Borussia M’gladbach – ESPN3, WatchESPN, Fox Soccer 2Go USA
2:45pm Bayern München vs Rostov – ESPN2, ESPN3, WatchESPN, Fox Soccer 2Go USA
2:45pm PSV vs Atlético Madrid – ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2