The return of this season's Champions League sees old rivalries resume as well as a fairytale continued when the Foxes come to town. PSV face last season's heartbreakers Atletico Madrid, Club Brugge are Leicester's maiden opponents in the Champions League and Tottenham face Monaco in their first appearance in five years.

PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid – Tuesday 13th September 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport

Can both sides break last years stalemate?
Can either side break last year's stalemate?

PSV Eindhoven welcome Monaco to the Phillips Stadion, in the first round of matches from this season's Champions League group stage games .

The Dutch side have enjoyed an unbeaten start to their league campaign after five matches.

Phillip Cocu will be looking to continue that excellent form and invoke the same level of performance they produced in last year's epic two legs.

Great Season So Far

PSV have started the season in excellent fashion, where they find themselves unbeaten and second in the Eredivisie.

They come into this match on the back of a comfortable 4-0 win against NEC Nijmegen, with four goals in the first 24 minutes enough to settle the tie.

Along with three other wins and a draw they will be delighted with their start to the season, although Atletico represent an enormous change in class.

PSV To Erase Last Years Memories

These two sides met in last years Champions League last 16, with both sides unable to register a single goal over the two legs.

This led to extra time and eventually penalties where PSV were eventually beaten, they will be looking to banish those memories against Diego Simeone and his men in this match.

Both sides were evenly matched but PSV will have to create history if they are to win, in four matches they have yet to register a win.

PSV are 18/5 with Luuk De Jong the first to score at 11/2.

PSV Eindhoven
Both sides were evenly matched over two legs last year.

 

Atletico Madrid have enjoyed a steady and unbeaten start to this campaign's La Liga, with two draws and a win.

They will be looking to make it third time lucky in the Champions League, with Atletico reaching two finals to be beaten by bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Diego Simeone and his men come into this match on the back of a 4-0 win against Celta Vigo at the weekend, with a dominant first win of the season.

Second half goals from Koke, Antoine Griezmann and Correa in the 89th minute saw Atletico register their first win in style.

They drew their first two matches, against Barcelona's conquerors Alaves and Leganes and this has seen them fall behind in the title race, even at this early stage.

They come into this match in 7th position in La Liga, already 4 points behind city rivals Real Madrid.

European Progress The Target

Atletico and Diego Simeone's main goal will be to progress both in La Liga and the Champions League, with Atletico falling just short in both competitions.

The clubs marker this season will be to win the Champions League having reached the final twice.

They find themselves in a very tough group, with Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and FK Rostov.

Madrid Favourites

Atletico come into this match as favourites and they will be keen to go one better than last year, by winning the game and scoring against PSV.

PSV have an excellent record at home, particularly in the Champions League, they were undefeated at home and were the team to knock Manchester United out last season.

This will be their toughest fixture of the season, with PSV undefeated in this league campaign.

Madrid will be looking to make it four wins out of five when they face the Dutch side in this fixture.

Atletico are 17/20 with Antoine Griezmann to open the scoring at 4/1.

 

Club Brugge vs Leicester City – Wednesday 14th September 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport

Can Leicester continue their fairytale in the Champions League?
Can Leicester continue their fairytale in the Champions League?

Club Brugge welcome Leicester to the Jan Breydelstadion, in the first round of matches from this season's Champions League group stage games .

Brugge are making their first appearance in the group stage since the 2005/06 season and they are the current champions of Belgium.

Michel Preud'homme's side come into this match in a poor rn of form, having lost two of their last three matches.

Mixed Defence So Far

Brugge started the season in excellent fashion, with a 2-0 opening win away against Mechelen.

They followed that up with a narrow 1-0 defeat away against Oostende, with a win, two defeats and a draw to follow.

The Belgians currently lie in 10th place this season, with seven points from their opening six games and they will need to considerably up their performances and results.

Response Needed From Brugge

The Champions League may provide welcome relief for the Belgian champions, the Premier League champions Leicester find themselves in a similar situation.

Brugge have had problems at both ends of the pitch, conceding six and scoring six in six matches, they will need to be more influential at both ends of the pitch if they are to have any chance of progressing.

This is the first time that the two sides have met in European competition, it is also Leicester's maiden appearance in the Champions League.

Brugge are 2/1 with Abdoulaye Diaby at 5/1 to score first.

Club Brugge
Can Leicester mark their Champions League debut with a win?

 

Leicester have also had a mixed start to life this season, with two defeats from their opening four matches as Premier League Champions.

N'Golo Kante has proved to be a huge loss in midfield, with the expansive style that Leicester have been playing has been ruthlessly exposed this season.

They come into this match on the back of a 4-1 defeat against a rampant Liverpool at the weekend, with Claudio Ranieri dubbing it the perfect performance.

It was a dominant performance from Liverpool, with Roberto Firmino (2), Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana completing the scoring.

Lucas Leiva gifted Jamie Vardy a goal in the 38th minute, with the goal nothing more than a consolation.

European Progress The Target

Leicester's main challenge will be to progress in Europe, in light of the Premier League performance stuttering this season it could provide the perfect kickstart for Ranieri.

The clubs marker this season will be to compete in the Champions League, even if they fail to qualify for the last 16, a third-placed finish will be considered another incredible achievement.

They find themselves in an easier group, with Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen their obstacles to the last 16.

Foxes Slight Favourites

Leicester come into this match as favourites despite their difficult start in the league, with Leicester yet to find top gear this could be a welcome relief from the Premier League.

Club Brugge will be a tough place to go, especially in their maiden Champions League appearance but a win could provide a massive boost, both domestically and in Europe.

Leicester come into this match having had a tough 90 minutes against Liverpool, in many ways it will be the perfect preparation, with the Foxes battle hardened.

Claudio Ranieri will be looking to his first win as Leicester manager in the Champions League, with a win here there is no reason why they can't go on to qualify for the latter stages.

Leicester are 7/5 with Jamie Vardy to open the scoring at 5/2.

 

Tottenham vs Monaco – Wednesday 14th September 2016 – 19:45 - BT Sport

Can Tottenham christen Wembley with a win?
Can Tottenham christen Wembley with a win?

Tottenham welcome Monaco to Wembley, in the first round of matches from this season's Champions League group stage games .

Spurs come into this game on the back of an emphatic 4-0 win against Stoke on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with that result, with an away win and the return to the goals for Harry Kane a huge bonus for Tottenham.

Great Season So Far

Tottenham have started the season in excellent fashion, with two wins and two draws from their opening four matches.

Their 4-0 demolition of Stoke saw Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son (2) and Dele Alli complete the scoring, as Mark Hughes also saw red on the touchline.

Tough games against Liverpool and Everton have been navigated without defeat, with wins against Crystal Palace and Stoke fully maximised.

Up until the game against Stoke they had been goal shy, the performance on Saturday has put paid to that in emphatic fashion.

Exciting Times For Tottenham

They find themselves in 4th place after their haul at the weekend, Spurs will be delighted with their form going into their Champions League fixture.

Tottenham return to the Champions League after a prolonged absence, when they reached the Quarter- Final stage in the 2010-2011 season.

The match against Monaco sees Tottenham emerge as favourites, with last years comprehensive win at home in the Europa League informing that.

There is plenty of excitement at Tottenham, with the redevelopment of White Hart Lane and performances on the pitch proving that the good times could be back on the other side of North London.

Tottenham will be looking to better their overall record against Monaco. They have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their 3 meetings.

Tottenham are 7/10 with Harry Kane at 4/1 to score first.

Tottenham
Spurs welcome Monaco to their adopted home in the Champions League - Wembley.

 

Monaco have had an excellent start to the season themselves, with Monaco currently top of Ligue 1.

They finished runners-up in the domestic league last season, the gap between themselves and PSG an enormous 28 points.

In the end, they were closer to the relegation places than they were to catching PSG.

They come into this match on the back of a 4-1 win against Lille at the weekend, with goals from Sidibe, Fabinho, Traore and Gilik completing a comprehensive win.

It was a dominant performance from Monaco, with two goals coming in both halves of the game.

European Progress The Target

Monaco's main challenge will be to progress both domestically and in European competition.

With PSG still adapting to life under new coach Unai Emery, they have an excellent chance of capitalising.

Much like their french rivals PSG, their main marker this season will be to compete in the Champions League.

They find themselves in a very tough group, with Tottenham, Leverkusen and CSKA Moskva completing their group.

Spurs Favourites

Monaco come into this match as underdogs but this could work in their favour, it could allow them the freedom to express themselves.

Wembley is an entirely new venue for Tottenham as well as Monaco, with the game effectively an away game for Spurs as well. This is something Monaco can use to their advantage.

Monaco have had to get to this stage the hard way, with two wins in successive legs against Villarreal. An overall aggregate win of 3-1 ensuring they made the group stages.

Monaco will be looking to register their first competitive win against Spurs, with their only win coming in the 5-2 win in a club friendly three years ago.

Monaco are 4/1 with Falcao at 7/1 to open the scoring.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1: Griezmann to score first @ 4/1 and a 2-2 draw @ 20/1

Tip 2: Vardy to score first @ 5/2 and a 1-1 draw @ 9/2

Tip 3: Falcao to score first @ 7/1 and Tottenham to win 2-1 @ 7/1

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