Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

The 2017/2018 Champions League season kicks off proper with eight games to be played today, Tuesday, September 12.

Eight matches will be played with 16 teams in actions including last year's finalist Juventus who play away to their 2015 final opponents Barcelona.

Last season's Europa League winners Manchester United are also in action alongside PSG who are sure to line-up Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Antonio Conte begins his Champions League stint at Chelsea as his side welcome Qarabag while AS Roma welcome one of Europe's most tactically astute sides in Atletico Madrid.

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Below are the matches to be played, possible line ups and stadiums the games will be played;

Group A

Benfica v CSKA Moskva (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica)

Benfica: Júlio César; André Almeida, Luisão, Lisandro, Grimaldo; Filipe Augusto, Sálvio, Pizzi, Cervi; Jonas, Seferović.

Out: Jardel (thigh), Fejsa (muscular)

CSKA: Akinfeev; Fernandes, Vasin, V Berezutski, A Berezutski, Schennikov; Golovin, Natcho, Wernbloom; Vitinho, Dzagoev.

Out: none

Manchester United v Basel (Old Trafford)

United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelöf, Blind; Fellaini, Matić, Pogba; Mata, Rashford; Lukaku.

Out: Jones (suspended), Bailly (suspended), Rojo (knee), Ibrahimović (knee), Shaw (foot), Young (groin), Wilson (knee)

Doubtful: Fellaini (calf)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Manchester United return to the Champions League. Photo: Squawka

Basel: Vaclík; Lang, Suchý, Akanji, Riveros; Xhaka, Zuffi; Steffen, Elyounoussi, Bua; Van Wolfswinkel.

Out: Serey Dié (foot)

Group B

Celtic v Paris Saint-Germain (Celtic Park)

Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Bitton, Šimunović, Tierney; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Roberts, Sinclair; Griffiths.

Out: Boyata (knee), Sviatchenko (knee)

Doubtful: Dembélé (hamstring)

Paris: Areola; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Verratti, Thiago Motta; Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani.

Out: Di María (hamstring), Pastore (muscle injury)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

PSG are expected to line up with Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar upfront. Photo: PSG_Inside

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Bayern Munich v Anderlecht (Munich Arena)

Bayern: Neuer; Kimmich, Hummels, Martínez, Rafinha; Thiago Alcántara, Rudy, Tolisso; Robben, Ribéry, Lewandowski.

Out: Vidal (suspended)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Bayern Munich will be counting on the goals of Robert Lewandowski and the guile of Vidal in midfield. Photo: Champions League/Twitter

Anderlecht: Sels; Appiah, Mbodji, Spajić, Obradović; Chipciu, Gerkens, Sven, Hanni; Onyekuru, Teodorczyk.

Out: Kara (adductors)

Group C

Roma v Atlético Madrid (Stadio Olympico)

Roma: Alisson Becker; Bruno Peres, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Strootman, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Defrel, Džeko, Perotti.

Out: Emerson (knee), Schick (thigh)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Atletico Madrid have qualified for the final of the Champions League in two of the previous three seasons. Photo: UEFA.com

Atlético: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Godín, Giménez, Filipe Luís; Koke, Gabi, Ñíguez, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres.

Out: A Fernández (hamstring)

Chelsea v Qarabağ (Stamford Bridge)

Chelsea: Courtois; Christensen, Cahill, Rüdiger; Zappacosta, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Willian, Pedro; Batshuayi.

Out: Drinkwater (calf)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Conte's first Champions League clash as Chelsea boss is at home to Qarabag. Photo: Sky Sports

Qarabağ: Šehić; Medvedev, Rzeźniczak, Hüseynov, Dashdemirov; Almeida, Garayev, Míchel; Madatov, Guerrier; Ndlovu.

Out: Agolli (groin)

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Group D

Barcelona v Juventus (Camp Nou)

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitić, Busquets, Iniesta; Dembélé, Suárez, Messi.

Out: Turan (hamstring)

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Matuidi, Pjanić, Sturaro; Douglas Costa, Dybala; Higuaín.

Out: Cuadrado (suspended), Marchisio (knee), Khedira (knee), Chiellini (calf), Mandžukić (leg)

Doubtful: Alex Sandro (illness)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Tuesday)

Last season Dybala scored twice in a 3 - 0 win for Juventus against Barcelona. Photo: UEFA.com

Olympiacos v Sporting CP (Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis)

Olympiacos: Kapino; Elabdellaoui, Engels, Romao, Figueiras; Gillet, Odjidja, Zdjelar; Carcela-González, Marin; Djurdjević.

Out: Vuković (hamstring)

Doubtful: Botía (match fitness)

Sporting CP: Patrício; Ristovski, Coates, Mathieu, Jonathan Silva; Gelson, William Carvalho, Battaglia, Bruno Fernandes, Acuña; Dost.

Out: Coentrão (thigh)

Doubtful: Piccini (foot)

All matches kick off at 7.45 pm. The authorized broadcaster in Nigeria is Super Sport.

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