UEFA Champions League Preview (Matchday 1): Group G
Lyon vs Zenit St Petersburg- Tuesday 18 September 2019
Zenit St Petersburg and Lyon meet in the Lyon Olympic Stadium for the third time in the competition, having played each other on two previous UEFA clashes in which Zenit took the win on both occasions. After winning their seventh title in the Russian Premier League, Zenit St Petersburg are possible last 16 contenders despite being the underdogs. Lyon came third last season in the French Ligue 1. With a tally of 15 goals last season and 5 already in the new campaign, Moussa Dembélé should be the player to watch. Lyon’s other top goal scorer Memphis Depay is at the top of his game with an impressive start to the season securing four goals and one assist. Zenit also have former Barca forward and summer signing Malcolm in their ranks to help their cause.
Benfica vs RB Leipzig- Tuesday 18 September 2019
Unbeaten in the Bundesliga, Red Bull Leipzig go head to head with Portuguese side Benfica in a group G clash, in Lisbon. RB Leipzig tops the league ahead of Dortmund and is in impressive form, recently frustrating champions Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw. Their star striker, 23-year-old Timo Werner scored 16 goals and managed seven assists in the Bundesliga last season. Joao Felix’s move to Atletico has left a gap in the Benfica attack though Pizzi is expected to play a vital role in this campaign, who scored 13 times and served up 18 assists in 34 matches.