Africans in UEFA Champions League action, Tuesday 31 October – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Africans in UEFA Champions League action, Tuesday 31 October

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 10:00

Eric Bailly’s Manchester United will look to book a place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League when they host Benfica at Old Trafford in one of eight Matchday 4 fixtures tonight.

Bailly made a return to the Red Devils’ line-up this past weekend and helped the team record a 1-0 home win over Tottenham Hotspur. If Jose Mourinho’s charges can get the better of their Portuguese opponents and Group A rivals Basel avoid defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, then United will be safely through to the last 16.

Elsewhere, Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid are in need of a home win over Azerbaijani side Qarabag, having failed to win away to the minnows in Baku earlier this month, while Victor Moses remains sidelined for Chelsea ahead of their trip to Italy to face Roma.

In Group B, Henry Onyekuru and Kara Mbodji’s Anderlecht are staring down the barrel of a fourth successive defeat when they face French giants Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, while the other match sees Celtic looking to get revenge against Bayern Munich after a 0-3 loss in Germany last time out.

Seydou Doumbia will look to inspire Sporting Lisbon to a home win over Juventus in Group D, with the other match from the pool a clash between Emmanuel Emenike’s Olympiakos and Spanish giants Barcelona.

UEFA Champions League, Matchday 4 fixtures – 31 October

All kick-off times 21h45 CAT

Group A

Basel v CSKA Moscow

Manchester United v Benfica

Group B

Paris Saint-Germain v Anderlecht

Celtic v Bayern Munich

Group C

Atletico Madrid v Qarabag

Roma v Chelsea

Group D

Sporting v Juventus

Olympiacos v Barcelona


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