UEFA Champions League preview: Manchester United, City look to rebound

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This time, it’s up to Manchester to save face for London.

The script was flipped on the first day of group play in the UEFA Champions League with mixed results, as Chelsea won and Arsenal lost one day after both United and City fell.

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The scenery is even less rosy this week, as both the Blues and Gunners were beaten on Tuesday.

Manchester United vs. Wolfsburg

If Louis Van Gaal‘s boys want to chase their goals of a UCL final appearance this year, they’ll need to start with a visit from dangerous Wolfsburg. The United of the Premier League season didn’t show up in an opening Group B loss to PSV.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Manchester City

This is one heck of a group, and both teams are in danger of waxing their own hopes to advance with a second-straight loss on Wednesday. The home side will like its chances against an injury-depleted Premier League club, one which also is suddenly struggling to find its PL form.

Juventus vs. Sevilla

Last year’s Europa League winners head to Italy for a match-up with the other Group D team to win its opening match. Sevilla just picked up its first win of the La Liga season this weekend. Can they grab hold of their UCL group today, facing another big name team struggling in domestic play?

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Paris Saint-Germain

PSG has a chance to clobber Shakhtar’s hopes of the group stage, but will have to do it on the road. Reports are now claiming that Laurent Blanc needs a UCL semifinal appearance at worst to stay at the Ligue 1 power.

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Malmo vs. Real Madrid — 2:45 p.m. ET