The first game on this Smart Acca sees Barcelona go head-to-head with Shakhtar Donetsk in Group H.
Xavi’s men enter this game off the back of a five-match unbeaten run having managed to beat the likes of Sevilla and Athletic Club by 1-0 scorelines while drawing 2-2 with both Granada and Mallorca on top of a 1-0 away victory at Porto on match day two.
Shakhtar’s opening two Champions League games have been dramatic ones so far, having lost 3-1 to Porto and beaten Antwerp 3-2. As far as domestic form goes, Dario Srna’s men have managed 2-0 and 3-0 wins over Rukh Vynnyky and LNZ.
In Group E, bottom-of-the-table Celtic hosts first-placed Atletico Madrid at Celtic Park, with Brendan Rodgers knowing that this is a must-win game if the Hoops are to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout phases.
Celtic were beaten 2-1 at home by Lazio in their last group stage match, while their league form has remained strong, having beaten Livingston 3-0, Motherwell 2-1, Kilmarnock 3-1 and Hearts 4-1.
Diego Simeone’s men have been in superb form of late, as they have won all of their last five fixtures, beating the likes of Osasuna 2-0, Cadiz 3-2, Feyenoord 3-2, Real Sociedad 2-1 and Celta Vigo 3-0 with Antoine Griezmann scoring a hat trick in the latter mentioned victory.
Newcastle takes on Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park on Wednesday night in what should be an entertaining encounter in Group F.
The Magpies have managed to win four of their last five matches across all competitions, following a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the EFL Cup, while beating Burnley 2-0 and Crystal Palace 4-0 on either side of a 4-1 win over PSG and a 2-2 draw away at West Ham.
Dortmund could only draw 0-0 at home with AC Milan in their last Champions League game, however, the Blacks and Yellows Bundesliga form has been impressive, having earned two 1-0 wins over Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen, as well as 3-1 and 4-2 victories over Hoffenheim and Union Berlin.
RB Leipzig goes up against Crvena Zvezda in Group G of the Champions League, with the home side knowing that a victory will maximise their chances of qualifying for the next round.
Marco Rose’s team have shown a lack of consistency of late, having managed 3-2 and 3-1 wins over Wehen Wiesbaden and Darmstadt on either side of 2-2 and 0-0 draws with Bayern Munich and Bochum. Leipzig’s last Champions League match resulted in a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City.
Crvena Zvezda have one point from two matches in Group G, as following their 3-2 loss to City on match day one, the Serbian outfit recorded a 2-2 home draw with Young Boys. Barak Bakhar’s men have won their last three domestic matches against Radnicki 4-3, Trayal Krusevac 6-0 and Javor 3-2.
The final game on this Smart Acca comes from the Championship where 12th-placed Bristol City faces Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate.
Nigel Pearson’s side have won two of their last five games, following 1-0 and 2-1 victories over Coventry City and Rotherham United on either side of a 2-1 away loss at Leeds United. Prior to the aforementioned results, City had suffered 3-2 and 1-0 defeats at Stoke City and Leicester City.
Ipswich are in a superb vein of form, having managed to beat the likes of Blackburn and Wolves 4-3 and 3-2 before a 1-1 away draw at Huddersfield. Since then, Kieran McKenna’s men have recorded further 3-0 and 4-2 wins over Hull City and Preston North End.
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