UEFA Champions League preview: Barcelona hosts Man City, Arsenal meets Ludogorets

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Manchester City and Arsenal are both in action in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League play, while several other of Europe’s top sides will also take the pitch.

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The day will be dominated by Barcelona‘s clash with the Citizens as both sides look to further separate themselves in Group C. The Blaugrana have scored nine times in their opening two UCL matches this season, while City isn’t far behind with seven of their own. Pep Guardiola‘s side is winless in its last three matches across all competitions, and Wednesday’s meeting with Lionel Messi and co. won’t make things any easier.

FC Rostov put in a solid effort against PSV Eindhoven the last time out on the pitch in UCL action, however, the Russians will face a significantly more challenging fixture when they host Atletico Madrid. After a slow start to the domestic season, Atletico has come on strong as of late, including netting seven goals in their last time out against Granada.

In Group A play, both Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain look to pull away from the pack as the two clubs set their sights on the knockout phase. The Gunners host Ludogorets from the Emirates, while Parisians take on Basel. While both big boys will be considerable favorites on the day and to advance out of the group, Arsenal and PSG each need strong performances as they search for the top spot in Group A.

Wednesday’s UCL matches (all matches at 2:45 p.m. ET

Barcelona vs. Manchester City
Napoli vs. Bestikas
Arsenal vs. Ludogorets
FC Rostov vs. Atletico Madrid
Dynamo Kyiv vs. Benfica
Paris Saint-Germain vs. FC Basel
Celtic vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich vs. PSV Eindhoven