- Posted by Geoff Reid
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- 2010/11 UCL, Geoff Reid, UEFA Champions League
By Geoff Reid
Inter Milan vs Tottenham from the San Siro, Milan
This should be a good one where former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez goes against Harry Redknapp and the club who beat the Spaniard’s old club to the final Champions League spot last season. Benitez knows Spurs very well from the last few years in England, and nobody needs any introduction to the defending champions. Inter will be favorites in this one, but Spurs have shown they know how to score goals away from home already when they were in Bremen on match day one.
FC Twente vs Werder Bremen from FC Twente Stadion, Enschede
So far in this campaign, Twente have shown they can upset the odds and make a real challenge to the hierarchy in this group. At home, against a struggling Bremen side they will certainly feel the Germans are ripe for the picking. A draw wouldn’t be the worst thing for both sides so expect a defensive match.
Schalke vs H. Tel-Aviv from the Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
It’s been a tough season for Schalke so far, especially considering they were the surprise package in the Bundesliga last season. One thing that is going for them is the form of Dutch strker Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Felix Magath believes if he can continue his good form for club and country, his club can only benefit from starting tonight against the Israeli champions.
Lyon vs Benfica from Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Lyon head into this tie in fine form, and in a very confident mood having won their opening two group matches, and won three straight in all competitions. On top of all that, they hope to welcome Brazilian center-back Cris to the lineup. Benfica are also starting to hit form at the right time after a rather slow start to their campaign. This should be a good one for the neutrals.
Rangers vs Valencia from Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
The Spanish outfit are coming off a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona, but that shouldn’t effect their confidence after having a good start to the season. Ibrox won’t be an easy place to play, and it never is, but when personnel are compared on both sides Valenica should get points in this one. Rangers are also undefeated which will give them confidence.
Manchester United vs Bursaspor from Old Trafford, Manchester
It’s been a tough time for United right now with the whole Wayne Rooney saga which must be a distraction. Not to mention, they have been conceding sloppy goals this season so far. Even the usual error free Edwin van der Sar made his mistake on Saturday in league play. If Bursaspor can get anything from Old Trafford, now is the time, but don’t expect it.
Panathinaikos vs Rubin Kazan from the OACA Spiros Louis Stadium, Athens
The Greeks have no room for error having lost the opening two matches in this group, and so far has been disappointing with the personnel they’ve brought in during the off season. Former Lyon player Sidney Govou is calling for calm, but they need to collect three points today. Rubin are a decent side, and will be looking to bury the Greek champions in this year’s tournament.
Barcelona vs FC Kobenhavn from the Camp Nou, Barcelona
The Danish champions are heading into this tie top of Group D, but they are still in awe of their opponent and rightly so. They’re a very organized side who have kept clean sheets in both their opening two group games, but they haven’t come across Pep Guardiola’s men yet. Lionel Messi has even said the Catalans will not be underestimating the surprise group leaders. This one might not get the headlines for the one to watch, but it still worth keeping an eye on.