Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich (Tuesday, 2 P.M. ET, FS2)
It’s make or break time for Arsene Wenger’s men against what is perhaps the best team in Europe right now. Winless after two dreadful upsets at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, the Gunners must win here against a Bayern team off to their best start ever. The Gunners have talent, but too often have wilted under pressure with star Mesut Ozil conspicuously absent. To succeed, Arsenal will have to deal with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller up top, and fearsome keeper Manuel Neuer. It’s a tall order, but this could be a fantastic game.
Dynamo Kiev vs. Chelsea (Tuesday, 2:30 P.M. ET, FOXSoccer2GO/DirecTV)
Struggling Chelsea need a result against the group leaders after a disturbing away loss at unfancied Porto on Matchday Two. The Blues have been living up (down?) to their nicknames with a series of listless performances that have them mired in the back half of the Premier League table. True, they got a win on the weekend thanks to some comical defending from Aston Villa, but Chelsea will struggle to contain Andiry Yarmolenko and Junior Moraes. This is not an easy game for an English side already under heavy pressure.
PSG vs. Real Madrid (Wednesday, 2:30 P.M. ET, FS Plus)
The game of the group stages. Zlatan vs. Ronaldo. BBC against Ibra, Cavani and Lavezzi. All-out attack. Egos for miles. This should be a technically superb and fast-paced game, but injuries do loom. James Rodriguez and David are both out, with Marco Veratti and Karim Benzema struggling for fitness. Nonetheless these are not only two of the best teams in their countries, they are two of the most powerful in Europe. Both have made winning the European Cup a priority. Whoever wins here has a big leg up heading into the knockout rounds.
Manchester City vs. Sevilla (Wednesday, 2:30 P.M. ET, FOXSoccer2GO/DirecTV)
City have recovered after a stumble against Juventus on Matchday One to put together a series of solid performances at home and in Europe. But there are a couple big question marks over Wednesday’s meeting with a tough Sevilla side given that Sergio Aguero and David Silva are likely out for the match. Sevilla have a poor record on English soil, and City are flying high after a smashing show against an admittedly weak Bournemouth side on the weekend. Still, this promises to be another nervous night for a City side that continues to show weakness in European play.
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United (Wednesday, 2 P.M. ET, FS2)
This is a tough game in a tough, deadlocked group. CSKA may not be filled with glittering names – Seydou Doumbia and Alan Dzagoev are their biggest “stars” – but they are a tough, tightly organized team that can hurt you. Louis van Gaal’s new-look United were impressive against Everton on the weekend – yet you still feel this side is yet to gel, and are more often than not saved by the wizardry of David de Gea in the nets. There’s no question that they have talent; there are big questions about whether or not it is enough to succeed in Europe this year.