Following a couple of below-par performances recently, Manchester United will seek redemption in the Champions League round of 16 this week, with a short trip to Seville to take on the kings of the Europa League. Preview by Kris Gourlay and Euan Archibald
Liverpool’s remaining hope of a winning a trophy this season comes in the form of a trip to Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League. The Portuguese side are currently enjoying an unbeaten league campaign and will be stern opposition in the first leg on Wednesday night. Preview by Kris Gourlay
With Manchester City running away with the league, the dynamic of the season for the Premier League’s biggest clubs has changed. Rather than focussing their efforts on the hectic upcoming festive schedule, should teams condition themselves to peak in February, ahead of crucial Champions League fixtures? By Jamie Braidwood
Attending his first ever game at Anfield, Kris Gourlay reports as Liverpool eventually strolled to a comfortable Champions League over Maribor to put them ever closer to a first knockout appearance in eight years.
After humiliating Maribor 7-0 and setting a new record for the biggest away win in Europe two weeks ago, can Liverpool put their Premier League stutters behind them and stay top of Group E? By Kris Gourlay
Tottenham’s 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid is another sign that English clubs are doing much better in the Champions League. It’s been a struggle over the past few years but now, under new and better managers, Premier League teams are starting to deliver in Europe again. By Jamie Braidwood
If you didn’t realise it before, PSG’s thrashing of Bayern Munich emphatically showed that they are a serious football team. Their composure, clinical nature and blinding counter attacking play makes it hard to look past them as the new yardstick for Europe’s big boys to come and match. By Luke Barry.
While it would be possibly harsh to label this the “group of death” considering the quality of other groups, few will be as tight to call as Group H as Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel Nicosia battle it out. By Gregor Kerr
Arguably the most competitive group in the Champions League this season will be that of AS Monaco, Porto, Besiktas and RB Leipzig. But with so little to separate them, who will come out on top? Group G preview by John Menzies.
Group F is an interesting one, Manchester City and Napoli will be sure to try and play beautiful football at all times, while Feyenoord are a welcome addition after their heroics in the league last season. By Jamie Braidwood