Two more Premier League teams, both with high aspirations, steam towards the halfway point of group stage action in the 2017/18 Champions League.
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Manchester United hits the road to Portugal to take on Benfica. The Red Devils with a win would move to a perfect nine points out of nine through the midway point of group stage play, almost assuring themselves of a place in the knockout round.
Chelsea could do the same, although their predicament looks slightly more bleak as injuries have ravaged the squad and given Antonio Conte pause as to how he will proceed. The Blues are in poor form after losing the last-placed Crystal Palace in league play over the weekend, and as they host Roma at Stanford Bridge, questions remain as to how Conte can replace the injured N'Golo Kante and Victor Moses.
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Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain heads to Belgium to take on Anderlecht, while Bayern Munich hosts Brendan Rodgers and Celtic. Atletico Madrid has an early kick on the road at Azerbaijan giants Qarabag. Barcelona hosts Greek side Olympiakos looking to extend their lead atop Group D, while Juventus hopes to keep pace as they host Portugal’s Sporting CP.
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All games kick at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday’s UCL games
Benfica vs. Manchester United
CSKA Moscow vs. FC Basel
Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern Munich vs. Celtic
Qarabag vs. Atletico Madrid (12:00 p.m. ET)
Chelsea vs. AS Roma
Barcelona vs. Olympiakos
Juventus vs. Sporting CP