No sooner has club soccer returned to Europe’s shores than the UEFA Champions League prepares to resume with another stacked slate on Matchday 7. Following a brief intermission for the international break, the second act of the group stage kicks off with the reverse fixtures of those pool games played three weeks ago.
For Manchester United, that means an (almost) immediate chance to win back some respect following their shock 2-1 loss at Basaksehir earlier in November, this time at Old Trafford. Group H opponents Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig also collide once more, with the former set to host after succumbing to a 2-1 turnaround in Germany, where they finished with nine men, via CBS:
Group G has played out much as predicted thus far and sees Barcelona sitting pretty at the summit with Juventus in hot pursuit. The Blaugrana will attempt to hand third-place Dynamo Kiev a second straight defeat, while Ferencvaros travel to Juventus hoping to avoid a repeat of their 4-1 thumping at home to the Bianconeri last time out.
It’s a similar story at the head of Group E for in-form Chelsea, who will hope to prise open a clear lead over second-place Sevilla. The two are level on points as things stand, but the Blues visit Rennes seeking a sixth straight win in all competitions while the Spaniards travel to Krasnodar in southern Russia.
Things are considerably tighter across Group F, where only two points separate leaders Borussia Dortmund from Club Brugge in third. The Black and Yellows host the Belgian hopefuls on Tuesday with a chance to create a more substantial gap over runners-up Lazio, who could also go top should they beat Zenit St. Petersburg at home and Lucien Favre’s side drop any points.
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UCL Matchday 7 Schedule (All Times ET)
Tuesday, November 24
Rennes vs. Chelsea, 12:55 p.m. - Galavision
Krasnodar vs. Sevilla, 12:55 p.m. - TUDN, Unimas
Lazio vs. Zenit St. Petersburg, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra
Borussia Dortmund vs. Club Brugge, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra
Dynamo Kiev vs. Barcelona, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra
Juventus vs. Ferencvaros, 3 p.m. - Galavision
Paris Saint-Germain vs. RB Leipzig, 3 p.m. - TUDN, Unimas
Manchester United vs. Istanbul Basaksehir, 3 p.m. - TUDNxtra
UCL Matchday 7 Tune-In Information
TV: Galavision, TUDN, Unimas
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Timing has proved kind for United ahead of their Champions League comeback, with Saturday’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion ending their wait for a first home Premier League win of the season. Bruno Fernandes botched his first penalty but made up for it in the second attempt after former Red Devil Sam Johnstone was spotted encroaching off his line:
Tuesday’s opponents, Basaksehir, have lost two of their last three road games after crumbling 3-2 at Besiktas over the weekend, although the club’s maiden visit to Old Trafford will (in theory) be a lot easier with limited fans in attendance. The Super Lig outfit will nevertheless feel they’re capable of an upset after goals from Demba Ba and Edin Visca made that a reality in the reverse fixture, a result that exposed United’s inconsistencies at both ends of the pitch.
Ole Gunnar Solskjer’s side lead Group H on points difference after three matches, but it speaks volumes of the close competition that all four teams could finish level on points at the end of Tuesday’s action.
PSG will be without center-back Presnel Kimpembe and midfield anchor Idrissa Gueye for the visit of Leipzig after they were each sent off in a frantic first encounter. Defeat at home to Julian Nagelsmann’s men could see Les Parisiens fall six points off the pace in third and make qualification to the knockout stages very difficult to imagine.
Commentator Kevin Hatchard previewed this as a crossroads clash for PSG chief Thomas Tuchel, who will rely on the attacking trident of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria in particular to get his team a much-needed win:
Ronald Koeman is in a managerial quagmire of his own after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Saturday, Barcelona’s first league loss to Los Rojiblancos since 2010. The Blaugrana are languishing at 12th in La Liga having also lost to rivals Real Madrid this term, bringing about their least productive start to a league campaign in almost 30 years, per Goal:
Champions League duty should offer a welcome distraction for the five-time kings of Europe, although the result is no foregone conclusion in Kiev after Dynamo offered resistance en route to a 2-1 loss at the Camp Nou:
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored each of Juventus’ last three goals and will look to keep plundering when the Italians host Hungary’s Ferencvaros, who have the joint-worst defensive record in the tournament after conceding 11 times in three games so far.
Both Barca and Juve can secure their places in the round of 16 should they win on Tuesday, though the battle to decide first and second will likely go down to the wire.
That's also the case in Group E as Chelsea travel to Rennes hoping to move outside Sevilla’s reach, with both the top two teams eyeing qualification to the next stage if they win. United States star Christian Pulisic remains out of commission with a hamstring injury, but Frank Lampard otherwise has close to a clean bill of health as Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva return to the squad.
Sevilla have kept pace with the Blues after holding Chelsea to a 0-0 stalemate in October, and a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday will gift them confidence ahead of their trip to Krasnodar. Away form has been another matter for Julen Lopetegui’s side, however, after failing to win any of their last four games on the road, meaning this may well be Chelsea’s chance to get ahead.
Dortmund clattered Club Brugge 3-0 in Belgium before the break, a good enough result to give them a one-point lead in Group F following Lazio’s 1-1 draw at Zenit.
Erling Haaland put two past Philippe Clement’s men and has now scored seven goals in Dortmund’s last three games having netted four in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Hertha Berlin:
The Norway international looks like a good bet to continue his scoring streak after scoring 15 times in only 12 appearances this term, including goals in each of Dortmund’s three European outings.