UCL Preview: Mourinho in search of victory, Arsenal, Bayern set for showdown in Munich

first_imgChelsea will be looking to put their Premier League woes to the back of their minds when they take on Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in a crucial Champions League Group G clash on Wednesday night.Another home defeat against Liverpool on Saturday was remarkably the reigning champions’ sixth league loss in 11, leaving Jose Mourinho exasperated, and refusing to comment on his future.Their form in the Champions League has been also been inconsistent with a solitary home win over Maccabi Tel Aviv, a defeat at Mourinho’s former club Porto and a point from the reverse fixture in Kiev two weeks ago to show from their three matches to date.The performance last time out in the Ukrainian capital did at least show signs of improvement, and the Blues will fancy their chances on their own turf, despite their recent poor form.If Dynamo boss Sergei Rebrov can mastermind his side’s first-ever Champions League win in England, then the Ukrainians could top the group, piling the pressure on Mourinho, with a 2-0 weekend victory over Metalist Kharkiv ideal preparation ahead of the trip to London. Arsenal travel to Bayern Munich looking to repeat last month’s heroics against the German champions in the Champions League.The Gunners beat Pep Guardiola’s side 2-0 in the last Group F clash, putting them on three points after three games, and a win at the Allianz Arena would leave them in a strong position to qualify despite a poor start.Arsene Wenger’s side are flying high in the Premier League having won their last five games, scoring 16 goals in the process, and they face a Bayern side who dropped their first Bundesliga points of the season with a 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday evening.Arsenal have had relative success at Bayern in recent years, drawing (2013/14) and winning (2012/13) on their last two visits, but were knocked out at the last 16 stage on aggregate on both occasions. European champions Barcelona welcome the visit of BATE Borisov in Group E of the Champions League on Wednesday, as they look to move onto 10 points from four fixtures.As for travelling BATE, the Belarusian club still hold strong hopes of qualification and sit just one point behind second-placed Bayer Leverkusen in the group.Luis Enrique’s men go into Wednesday’s clash aiming to complete the double over BATE, having already beaten the Belarusian side in the group last month.That victory moved the Catalan club onto seven points at the top of the qualifying standings, as Barca built on a victory over Bayer Leverkusen and an opening draw away against Roma.The injury to Lionel Messi does not seem to have impacted the club’s fortunes too much, as both Luis Suarez and Neymar have been contributing a standout amount of goals in recent weeks. In light of the quality around BATE in the group, one might have forgiven some onlookers for writing the team off without a game being played, but after three fixtures the Belarusians are still well within a shout of making it into the knockout stages.Aleksandr Yermakovich will be aware that qualification is still a long way off, but he might be looking at the abilities of the teams around him knowing that all the sides are capable of taking points off of each other.Gaining a point in Catalonia could make things extremely interesting for the underdogs going into the final two games of the group.What will really excite some fans is that the club are still to welcome Leverkusen to Belarus and they might see that game as the most likely route to another three points. Other fixtures:Roma vs Bayer LeverkusenOlympiakos vs Dinamo ZagrebMaccabi Tel Aviv vs PortoGent vs Valencia Lyon vs Zenit St. Petersburg–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

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