2016

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2016

The cream of the European crop will return to the UEFA Champions League fray this week as the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City attempt to keep top spot in their respective groups.

All four of those clubs will see their leads challenged as Bayern prepare for an unenviable away trip to meet Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, while Dortmund prepare for the visit of Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park.

Barcelona also have a German opponent in their sights and make their way to Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, a day after Leicester welcome FC Porto to the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League champions will be making their home debut in the Champions League and are looking to build on a 3-0 demolition of Club Brugge in the first round of group fixtures.

Read on for all the essential viewing information ahead of this week’s Champions League fixture schedule, complete with live-stream details and a roundup of the top headlines.

2016-17 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Week 2 Date
Time
Prediction
TV Info
Live Stream
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
CSKA Moscow 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
BT Sport 3 (UK)/beIN Sports 7 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Juventus
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 4 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid
BT Sport (UK)/Fox Sports 1 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/Fox Soccer 2GO (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
FC Copenhagen 1-0 Club Brugge
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 9 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Leicester City 2-1 FC Porto
BT Sport 2 (UK)/beIN Sports 2 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
AS Monaco 2-2 AS Monaco
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 5 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Sevilla 3-2 Lyon
BT Sport Extra (UK)/beIN Sports 6 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Tuesday, September 27
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Sporting Lisbon 2-0 Legia Warsaw
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 8 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Arsenal 3-1 Basel
BT Sport 3 (UK)/beIN Sports 7 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 4 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-3 Barcelona
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/Fox Sports 1 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/Fox Soccer 2GO (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Besiktas 2-1 Dynamo Kiev
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 8 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Celtic 1-4 Manchester City
BT Sport 2 (UK)/beIN Sports 5 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Rostov 1-1 PSV
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 9 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Ludogorets 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 6 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)
Wednesday, September 28
7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
Napoli 2-1 Benfica
BT Sport Extra Red Button (UK)/beIN Sports 4 (US)
BT Sport Live (UK)/beIN Connect (US)

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Matches can be streamed via the BT Sport website (UK) and Fox Soccer 2GO (US). For the full competition schedule and group standings, visit UEFA’s official website.

            

Atletico Madrid Stunt Bayern Progress

Carlo Ancelotti has been without fault since taking over at the Bayern Munich helm this summer, winning five matches from five in the Bundesliga and leading his new club to the summit of Group D in the Champions League.

However, Atletico are sure to pose stiff opposition in their role as hosts this Wednesday despite already drawing three times in La Liga this season. Yahoo’s Andrew Gaffney has seen the positives behind their stutters so far:

Atletico and Barcelona have also dropped points and they’ll continue to do so, especially with rotations/injuries. Good sign for the league.

— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) September 24, 2016

Bayern collected their fifth win of the Bundesliga campaign on Saturday after they defeated Hamburg away from home, but the result was marred by an injury to centre-back Mats Hummels.

The defender limped off early in the second half at the Volksparkstadion, but he has since taken to Twitter to reassure fans there’s a chance he could be back fit for Wednesday’s fixture:

Spectacular finish for 3 points today 💪🏻

Knee should (!) be okay, will know it latest on monday if it will work out for @Atleti pic.twitter.com/WL6zsXFyWP

— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) September 24, 2016

Hummels would be a significant loss for Ancelotti, but the fact he can still call upon the likes of Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez in defence showcases the kind of depth that makes Bayern so dangerous.

That being said, Atleti have really started to hit form of late and are benefiting greatly from Antoine Griezmann’s return to near his best, while Bayern are yet to really be tested so far this season.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich

            

Dortmund Land Home Blow Against Real

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Borussia Dortmund last met Real Madrid in 2014.

Dortmund and Real Madrid have made a habit of coming up against one another in European competition of late, and 2016-17 will be the fourth time in the last six seasons they’ve made contact (twice in 2012-13).

Tuesday’s meeting promises to be a high-quality affair, too; Squawka outlined the pair as two of the most creative sides in action after they both clinched first-round wins in Group F:

Most Champions League passes this week:

Barcelona (747)

Bayern (688)

Dortmund (546)

Real Madrid (524)

Atlético Madrid (522)

Heavyweights

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 15, 2016

The Black and Yellows will sense weakness in their midweek opposition, too, considering Los Blancos come into Tuesday’s group meeting on the back of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Las Palmas.

That being said, ESPN FC writer Stefan Buczko suggested manager Zinedine Zidane might have been saving his best assets for Tuesday’s trip to Dortmund:

Real Madrid *drew 2-2 away to Las Palmas. Seems like they saved their energy for Dortmund.

— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) September 24, 2016

It’s been more than a fortnight since manager Thomas Tuchel saw his side slip to a 1-0 defeat to RB Leipzig—their only loss of the season so far—whereas Real are still recovering from Saturday’s dropped points.

With Dortmund flying high and Real on the ropes, Los Merengues could have a difficult campaign cut out for them if they fail to find form in Germany this Tuesday, and Dortmund won’t let them find it easily.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid