Jonty Mark

By Jonty Mark

Football Editor

Real begin defence of Champions League title

Make your Soccer 10 picks!


Tuesday 6 September

S10 V1

Champions League action kicks off with holders Real Madrid expected to make a winning start to the defence of their title away at Celtic in Scotland. More details at

M1 Dinamo Zagreb vs Chelsea: The Croatian title holders are making their eighth appearance while Chelsea are in the group stage for the fourth season running and the 19th overall and lifted the trophy for a second time in 2020/21.

M2 Borussia Dortmund vs FC Copenhagen: While Dortmund are unbeaten in their four fixtures against Danish opponents, FCK have never beaten a Bundesliga team in 10 previous attempts, losing seven

M3 Cape Town City vs Sekhukhune United: Last season, Sekhukhune were 1-0 home winners but City beat the 2-1 in Cape Town.

M4 Forest Green Rovers vs Accrington Stanley: Rovers have conceded 10 goals without scoring in losing their last three league games. Accies have not won in their past six outings.

M5 Glasgow Celtic vs Real Madrid: Holders Madrid reached the Champions League knockout rounds for the 25th time in a row last season, in contrast Celtic have not progressed to the round of 16 since 2012/13.

M6 Paris St Germain vs Juventus: Despite the sides’ respective European pedigree, this is their first competitive meeting in 25 years. Juve have dominated their past encounters, remaining unbeaten and winning the last six games. This is the clubs’ first meeting in the European Cup.

M7 Salzburg vs AC Milan: Salzburg’s last encounters with an Italian club also came in the UEFA Champions League group stage, when they were paired with Napoli in 2019/20, losing 3-2 at home before a 1-1 away draw.

M8 Sevilla vs Manchester City: City won both fixtures against Sevilla when the sides met in the 2015/16 Champions League group stage, their only past meetings.

M9 Palmeiras vs Athletico Paranaense: Second leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final with Athletico in 1-0 lead after last week’s first leg.

M10 Vila Nova vs Guarani: Two sides sit in the relegation zone in Brazil’s Serie B. The last three clashes between these two clubs were all drawn.

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