Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Wednesday)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Wednesday)

- Real Madrid welcome a returning Cristiano Ronaldo who has been suspended for La Liga games

- Tottenham's first match comes at Wembley to 2013 finalists DOrtmund, Napoli travel to Shakhtar

- Monaco begin Champions League campaign without Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy

The Champions League match day one continues on Wednesday, September 13 with Real Madrid in action, Liverpool welcome Sevilla and Spurs welcome Dortmund.

In Tuesday's matches, Barcelona secured a 3 - 0 win over Juventus, Chelsea trashed Qarabag 6 - 0 while Manchester United got their campaign off to a flyer with a 3 - 0 win over Basel.

All eyes will be on Wembley as two tactically astute teams in Tottenham and Dortmund clash in their Group H clash while Real Madrid welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back for their group H opener against APOEL.

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Wednesday)

Real Madrid are currently Champions League holder having defeated Juventus in the final in May. Photo: Squawka

Elsewhere Pep Guardiola's Manchester City face Feyenoord while memories of the 2016 Europa League final will be reestablished when Liverpool welcome Sevilla to Anfield.

Phil Coutinho is expected to be in the matchday squad but not expected to start.

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RB Leipzig's first ever Champions League game cames against French champions AS Monaco who sold the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Valarie Germain over the summer.

NAIJ.com has the possible line ups, unavailiable players and more for all eight games to be played tonight;

Group E

Maribor XI vs Spartak Moscow

Maribor : Handanović; Milec, Rajčević, Šuler, Viler; Kabha, Vrhovec; Bajde, Ahmedi, Bohar; Marcos Tavares

Out: Zahović (collarbone), Vršič (hip), Einbrom (heel), Billong (virus)

Doubtful: Šme (knock)

Spartak : Rebrov; Eschenko, Bocchetti, Kutepov, Djikia, Kombarov; Glushakov, Fernando, Pašalić; Promes, Luiz Adriano

Out: Zobnin (knee)

Doubtful: Tasci (hip), Ananidze (knee), Zé Luís (stomach)

Liverpool vs Sevilla

Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Coutinho, Firmino, Mané.

Out: Lallana (thigh)

Doubtful: Salah (illness)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Wednesday)

Coutinho, Firmino and Mane could line up for the first time this season. Photo: Liverpoolfc/Twitter

Sevilla: Rico; Mercado, Kjær, Pareja, Escudero; N'Zonzi; Jesús Navas, Ganso, Pizarro, Correa; Ben Yedder.

Out: Nolito (thigh), Geis (fitness)

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Group F

Feyenoord v Manchester City

Feyenoord: Jones; Nelom, Van der Heijden, Botteghin, Diks; Vilhena, Toornstra, El Ahmadi; Boëtius, Kramer, Berghuis

Out: Jørgensen (hamstring), Haps (hamstring), Başacıkoğlu (fitness), Van Beek (toe), Nieuwkoop (hamstring)

Man. City: Claudio Bravo; Stones, Mangala, Otamendi; Walker, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sané; De Bruyne; Gabriel Jesus

Out: Kompany (calf), Yaya Touré (omitted)

Doubtful: Ederson (facial injury)

Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Ordets, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Fred, Stepanenko; Marlos, Taison, Bernard; Ferreyra

Out: Krivtsov (knee), Malyshev (knee)

Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamšík; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne

Out: Chiricheș (shoulder)

Group G

Porto v Beşiktaş

Porto: Casillas; Layún, Felipe, Marcano, Telles; Corona, Danilo, Óliver Torres, Brahimi; Marega, Soares

Out: Aboubakar (suspended), Pereira (suspended)

Beşiktaş: Fabri; Adriano, Pepe, Tošić, Caner; Hutchinson, Özyakup, Quaresma, Talisca, Babel; Negredo

Out: Gökhan Gönül (shin)

RB Leipzig v Monaco

RB Leipzig: Gulácsi; Klostermann, Orban, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Demme, Ilsanker; Sabitzer, Forsberg; Werner, Poulsen

Out: Keïta (adductor), Compper (calf)

Monaco: Subašić; Sidibé, Glik, Jemerson, Jorge; Lopes, Fabinho, Moutinho, Ghezzal; Diakhaby, Falcao

Out: Lemar (thigh)

Group H

Real Madrid v APOEL

Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Ronaldo, Bale

Out: Benzema (hamstring), Asensio (precaution)

APOEL: Waterman; Lago, Rueda, Carlao, Vouros; Nuno Morais, Ebecilio, Vinicius;

Sallai, De Camargo, Aloneftis

Out: Nicholas Ioannou (knee), Facundo Bertoglio (thigh), George Efrem (shoulder), Zhivkov Milanov (patellar tendonitis)

Tottenham vs Dortmund

Tottenham: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sánchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Dier, Dembélé, Davies; Son, Eriksen; Kane.

Out: Wanyama (knee), N'Koudou (foot), Rose (knee), Alli (suspended)

Preview: Champions League match day 1 (Wednesday)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Premier League/Twitter

Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Toprak, Zagadou; Şahin, Castro, Götze; Philipp, Pulišić; Aubameyang.

Out: Durm (hip), Schmelzer (ankle), Rode (pelvis), Guerreiro (ankle), Subotić (illness), Bartra (groin)

Doubtful: Schürrle (thigh)

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