UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid Face Inter Milan Test; Chelsea, Man Utd, Barcelona and Others in Action

Nov 24, 2020, 2:38 PM GMT+5:30
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Real Madrid face Inter Milan in Champions League | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

The fourth matchday of the UEFA Champions League's 2020-21 season takes place starting tonight. Here are our top pics of games you should be looking forward to this week.....

1. Rennes vs Chelsea

Mateo Kovacic, Benjamin Bourigeaud
Chelsea face Rennes in the Champions League | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Rennes have endured a mixed 2020-21 season up till now. They currently stand seventh in Ligue 1. Currently rooted at the bottom of their Champions League group with one point from three games, they will hope for a positive result against the Blues.

Chelsea, meanwhile have been in incredible form and are on a nine game unbeaten run. The Blues thumped Rennes 3-0 at the Bridge and if they end up winning again and if Sevilla beats Krasnodar in the other group clash, Chelsea will qualify for the Round of 16.

Chelsea's probable lineup (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Ziyech, Abraham, Werner

Prediction: 0-3 win to Chelsea

2. Manchester United vs Istanbul Besaksehir

Istanbul Basaksehir v Manchester United: Group H - UEFA Champions League
Istanbul Besaksehir take on Manchester United in the Champions League | Burak Kara/Getty Images

Manchester United will hope to bounce back from their shock 2-1 loss to Istanbul Besaksehir last time out as they get their chance at redemption at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Since beating United, the Turkish side have lost two of their three games and come into this clash on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Besiktas in the Super Lig.

Manchester United's probable lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

Prediction: 1-0 win to Manchester United

3. Dynamo Kyiv vs FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi, Tomasz Kedziora
Barcelona face Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona will travel to Kyiv on Tuesday night knowing that three points would see them qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League with two games to spare.

The Blaugrana occupy top spot in their group and are expected to win this clash. Ronald Araujo, Ansu Fati and Sergio Busquets remain on the sidelines through injury, while Samuel Umtiti is still absent due to ongoing knee issues.

Koeman's side suffered more issues in their clash against Atletico with Pique picking up a knee injury whereas Sergi Roberto suffered a muscular pull in the same match and will not be involved on Tuesday night.

Moreover, Messi and Frenkie de Jong both have been left out of the squad completely for this match.

FC Barcelona's probable lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, Alena; Pedri, Coutinho, Dembele; Griezmann

Prediction: 1-2 win to Barcelona

4. PSG vs RB Leipzig

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Paris Saint-Germain take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

PSG will take on RB Leipzig at home under immense pressure as a loss in this clash could see their fate no longer remaining in their own hands until the completion of the group stages.

The Parisians have won only one of their three Champions League games this season, which was against Istanbul Basaksehir.

They have already lost to Manchester United and RB Leipzig earlier and cannot afford to lose the return clash against the German side on Tuesday.

Things are not looking great for the Parisians though, as they come into this match on the back of a 3-2 loss to Monaco in Ligue 1. RB Leipzig played out a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in their last Bundesliga game.

PSG's probable lineup (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Alessandro Florenzi, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo, Layvin Kurzawa; Danilo Pereira, Leandro Paredes, Rafinha; Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar

RB Leipzig's probable lineup (3-4-2-1): Peter Gulacsi; Willi Orban, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate; Benjamin Henrichs, Amadou Haidara, Marcel Sabitzer, Angelino; Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo; Yussuf Poulsen

Prediction: 2-1 win to PSG

5. Juventus vs Ferencvaros

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lasha Dvali
Juventus face Ferencvaros in the Champions League | Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Italian champions Juventus take on Ferencvaros in the Champions League knowing that nothing less than a win will be the expectation out of them on the night.

Both sides faced each other last month for the first time ever and Juventus came out 4-1 victors in the clash. Nothing different is expected from the game this time out too.

Juventus' probable lineup (4-4-1-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Merih Demiral, Juan Cuadrado; Weston McKennie, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot, Paulo Dybala; Cristiano Ronaldo, Alvaro Morata

Ferencvaros' probable lineup (4-2-3-1): Denes Dibusz; Gergo Lovrencsics, Miha Blazic, Lasha Dvali, Endre Botka; Marcel Heister, Ihor Kharatin; David Siger, Isael da Silva Barbosa, Myrto Uzuni; Franck Boli

Prediction: 4-0 win to Juventus

6. Olympiacos vs Manchester City

Olympiacos take on Manchester City in the Champions League
Olympiacos take on Manchester City in the Champions League | Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester City travel to Greece midweek to take on Olympiacos in the Champions League, looking to maintain their 100% record in Group C.

The Cityzens were beaten at the weekend as they slumped to a 2-0 Premier League defeat against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, despite having the majority of possession and an unbelievable 22 shots on goal.

Olympiacos' probable lineup (4-3-3): Sa; Rafinha, Semedo, Cisse, Holebas; M'Vila, Bouchalakis, Camara; Randelovic, El-Arabi, Valbuena

Manchester City's probable lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Jesus, Sterling

Prediction: 0-4 win to Manchester City

7. Liverpool vs Atalanta

Atalanta BC face Liverpool in the Champions League
Atalanta BC face Liverpool in the Champions League | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Liverpool host Atalanta at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night and a win for the Reds could see them through to the round-of-16.

Despite injury crises, Liverpool have been excellent and looking in great form ahead of this clash. The Reds are currently top of their group and will look to wrap up their group in this clash.

Liverpool's probable lineup (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Fabinho, Kostas Tsimikas; James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Curtis Jones; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota.

Atalanta's probable lineup (3-4-3): Marco Sportiello; Jose Luis Palomino, Cristian Romero, Rafael Toloi; Hans Hateboer, Mario Pasalic, Remo Freuler, Robin Gosens; Alejandro Gomez; Duvan Zapata, Luis Muriel

Prediction: 3-0 win to Liverpool

8. Inter Milan vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid v FC Internazionale | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid travel to face Inter on Wednesday knowing a win could be the difference between staying in the Champions League and an unexpected (and unwanted) season of Europa League football. It is quite an astonishing fact to note that Real Madrid have never beaten Inter at San Siro.

Inter's probable lineup (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic (GK); Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Achraf Hakimi, Nicolo Barella, Arturo Vidal, Roberto Gagliardini, Ivan Perisic; Lautaro Martinez

Real Madrid's probable lineup (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois (GK); Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Prediction: 2-2 draw

9. Bayern Munich vs RB Salzburg

RB Salzburg v FC Bayern Muenchen: Group A - UEFA Champions League
RB Salzburg v FC Bayern Muenchen | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Bayern Munich will host Salzburg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night knowing that a win will ensure their qualification to the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League this season.

RB Salzburg Probable lineup (4-3-3): Cican Stankovic; Rasmus Kristensen, Andre Ramalho, Maximilian Wober, Andreas Ulmer; Enock Mwepu, Mohamed Kamara, Nicolas Seiwald; Mergim Berisha, Dominik Szoboszlai; Sekou Koita

Bayern Munich Probable lineup (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Bouna Sarr; Javi Martinez, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Robert Lewandowski

Prediction: 4-1 win to Bayern Munich.

Other matchday fixtures include:

Krasnodar vs Sevilla

Lazio vs Zenit

Borussia Dortmund vs Club Brugge

Monchengladbach vs Shakhtar

Marseille vs Porto

Atletico Madrid vs Locomtiv Moscow

Ajax vs Midtjylland