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Europe Big Boys return to Elite Continental Competition.

The Uefa Champions League makes a return tonight and we take a look at the biggest games in this round.

Can Tottenham finish ahead of Madrid?

Tottenham travel to Dortmund on Tuesday after falling 2-0 at Arsenal at the weekend.

The North London club will be looking to bounce back to winning ways to seal top spot ahead of Group H rivals, Madrid – who they defeated 3-1 in Wembley Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino will know that avoiding defeat in Germany and winning on match day 6 against Apoel will guarantee top finish.

The host, Peter Bosz’s managed Dortmund goes into this encounter already eliminated – with a Madrid victory ensuring that tonight. Dortmund welcome back Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who return after missing the weekend tie at Stuttgart through club suspension and will be targeting qualification to Europa League. Bosz side lost 2-1 at the weekend, their third in successive Bundesliga games and will need to rediscover their form if results will go their way this season.

Head-To-Head

Dortmund has a solid record against English opposition in German soil with 6W, 4D and 1L.

Tottenham boast of a modest record in Germany with 3W, 2D and 6L.

This will be the fourth encounter between these two sides with their first meeting coming two seasons ago, which Dortmund won 5-1 on aggregate over two legs in the Europa League.

Apoel Nicosia host Madrid

Zinedine Zidane will be cementing qualification with a win tomorrow night and will continue to mount pressure on Tottenham Hotspur for Group H top position.

After a scoreless draw away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday and players unrest in the dressing room, this be another game for Zidane’s side to win with ease and relieve the pressure from the Madrid hierarchy.

Cristiano Ronaldo who has notched up 7goals so far this season with 6 coming in the Champions League will be looking to continue his exploit on the night.

Zidane faces squad selection problems as Keylor Navas and Captain Sergio Ramos not making the trip to Cyprus due to a face injury picked up at the weekend.

Other than these, Zidane side is still expected to win regardless and set up a dramatic finale at the Barnabau on match day 6.

Group H Kick-Off

Dortmund vs Tottenham @20:45

Apoel Nicosia vs Real Madrid @20:45

Misfiring Monaco host RB Leipzig.

Both sides will go into this game seeking outright victory at the Stade Louis II. The French champions have not lived up to the expectations from their sensational outing last season with Leornado Jardim rueing the sales of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, Kylian Mbappe to PSG, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Man City.

Currently, Monaco sit second in Ligue 1 behind PSG and bottom in Group H with 2points. Leonardo Jardim will be pushing for Europa League qualification with a win against Leipzig on Tuesday.

RB Leipzig are 3rd with 4points prior to this game with their ambition of catching second placed FC Porto.

Timo Werner will be leading attack with no injury worries for the Germans.

Istanbul Besiktas vs FC Porto

The kickoff in Turkey will highlight two team on same level of football.

Besiktas will be attempting to finalise 1st position agenda with a win. Besiktas are on 10points and have qualified from this group.

Porto will be looking to close the gap with the Turkish team with an upset. The reverse leg ending in a 2-3 loss in Portugal for the away side.

GROUP G KICK OFF

BESIKTAS VS FC PORTO @18:00

AS MONACO VS RB LEIPZIG @20:45

 

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