FOLLOW LIVE – Champions League returns for Wednesday slate

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With yesterday’s insane action, nobody is going to want to miss what’s up on tap today.

Luckily, whether you can watch or not, NBC has you covered with live updates throughout today’s games.

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As you can see, Cristiano Ronaldo is pumped ——>

Here’s what’s on tap for today:

GROUP A: Follow Live

Olympiacos vs Juventus

Group A is a complete mess, with every team on three points.  Juventus is the clear favorite, and the Italians can stake an early claim with a win over Olympiacos. Unfortunately, they’re on the road in a very hostile environment and the Greeks have already shocked Atletico Madrid at home, and have lost just two of their last 10 Champions League matches at home, defeating Manchester United and Arsenal in that span. Juventus, meanwhile, have lost four of their last five away games in the competition.

Atletico Madrid vs Malmo

The pride of Sweden shocked Olympiacos at home last time out, but on the road at the defending La Liga champions is a different animal. Atletico are missing Thiago and Gabi in the midfield, but shouldn’t have too many problems here.

GROUP B: Follow Live

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

This one is a doozie. Liverpool are clear underdogs after their “lucky” victory over QPR where two own goals were needed to see them through. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is two Champions League goals away from Raul’s record in the competition, and is on a blistering run of form.

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Can Danny Welbeck fire Arsenal towards the top of Group D?

A win for Madrid would keep them perfect through three matches in the competition and put them in prime position to breeze through to the knockout round. Liverpool need a result sooner than later to keep pace, but with Basel and Ludogorets battling it out, the Reds aren’t dead yet even with a loss to the Spaniards.

Ludogorets vs Basel

A win for Basel on the road in Bulgaria would be an outstanding result and likely would entrench them into Group B’s second knockout round position barring a Liverpool win. Anything else would throw the group even deeper into murky waters.

GROUP C: Follow Live

Monaco vs Benfica

PSG got a result on the road yesterday, so it’s Monaco’s turn to hold down the French fort. But Benfica come into this game in dire straits, with no points thus far, and anything but a win would leave them all but out.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit leads the way in Group C, but Leverkusen is just a point behind. Both these teams have been blanked once, so it’s natural to expect a cagey affair, but there’s plenty of attacking talent on the pitch, and after yesterday, it’s possible Hulk and company could go off.

GROUP D: Follow Live

Anderlecht vs Arsenal

Dortmund leads the group, but Arsenal can keep pace and maybe even grab a slight advantage with a trip to Belgium.  The last road trip Arsenal took saw them whimper home 2-0 losers in Germany. But they will have third-string goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez between the sticks, and a host of other players out with injuries. However, Arsene Wenger may see Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey return from their problems. Can the Gunners pick up road points despite plenty of adversity?

Galatasaray vs Borussia Dortmund

The Germans have been insanely inconsistent this season, with positive and negative results all over the board in league and cup play. They’re coming off a disastrous loss to FC Koln in which manager Jurgen Klopp declared their attacking play “pointless.” Unless Dortmund get their act together, they could see a 3-point lead at the top of the group slip away.