This Week's Champions' League: City host weak link in a strong group

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Tuesday: Manchester City v Villarreal (7.45pm, Sky Sports 2)

Giuseppe Rossi returns to Manchester with a Spanish side who, after 2-0 defeats by Bayern Munich (6pts) and Napoli (4), are looking like the weak link in a strong group. City, with only one point so far, must take advantage in the double-header.

Otelul Galati v Manchester United (7.45pm, Sky Sports 4)

United (2) find themselves in a similar position to their neighbours, sitting in third place without a win but now facing the group outsiders. Theyshould be capable of taking six points from the little-known Romanian champions (0), whom even Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he had not previously heard of.



Wednesday: Chelsea v Genk (7.45pm, Sky Sports 2)

Yet another English side playing the weakest team in their section, the leaders Chelsea (4) have not lost a group match at Stamford Bridge for exactly eight years. Genk (1) held Valencia 0-0 but should not threaten that record.



Marseille v Arsenal (7.45pm, ITV1)

Unlike the other games, this one brings together the two group leaders, albeit teams who are both currently languishing in the bottom half of their respective domestic leagues. Arsenal (4) must improve upon a poor run of six defeats in eight games away from home in the competition proper. They should also be wary of Loïc Rémy), of whom Arsène Wenger says: "There is something of Thierry Henry about him."

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