Man City await Barca as gi­ants eye next round

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WE look ahead to to­day’s Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion as Pep Guardi­ola’s Man­ches­ter City host Barcelona with a num­ber of sides, in­clud­ing the Span­ish cham­pi­ons, look­ing to seal a place in the next round.

Group A Lu­do­gorets Raz­grad (BUL) v Ar­se­nal (ENG) At Sofia, Bul­garia Me­sut Ozil scored his first pro­fes­sional hat-trick in Ar­se­nal’s 6-0 white­wash of Lu­do­gorets last time out. With Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez both grab­bing braces at the week­end and Theo Wal­cott on a pur­ple vein of form, the Gun­ners should have way too much for the Bul­gar­ian cham­pi­ons. Plucky in their 3-1 home de­feat to PSG, Lu­do­gorets took a point at Basel and scored 15 goals in qual­i­fy­ing. But even if Ar­se­nal fail to win here, they will qual­ify for the next round if PSG win in Basel. Basel (SUI) v Paris Saint-Ger­main

(FRA) At Basel, Switzer­land Unai Emery’s PSG are start­ing to un­der­stand what the Spa­niard wants tac­ti­cally and they boast up front the red-hot Edin­son Ca­vani, the Uruguayan striker who scored his 10th league goal of the sea­son in a 1-0 win at Lille on Fri­day, where An­gel Di Maria and Lu­cas showed promis­ing flu­id­ity around the tar­get­man. A vic­tory in Basel as­sures PSG of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but Basel are un­beaten at home this sea­son.

Group B Be­sik­tas (TUR) v Napoli (ITA), kick-off 1745

At Is­tan­bul Turk­ish cham­pi­ons Be­sik­tas will go top of group B if they fol­low up their 3-2 away win over Ital­ians Napoli with a home win over them at their new sta­dium, where they have won 13 of their past 14 league fix­tures. Euro 2016 star Ri­cardo Quaresma con­tin­ues to im­press for Be­sik­tas, and his free-kick and Cameroon striker Vin­cent Aboubakar’s brace brought their thrilling vic­tory in Italy. For the vis­i­tors Spain’s Jose Calle­jon is the man to watch af­ter he scored a seventh goal of the sea­son in a 2-1 Ital­ian league loss to Ju­ven­tus on Satur­day. Napoli can book a place in the next round if they win and Ben­fica draw

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