Spartak Moscow v Celtic, 17:00
It is a measure of the task facing Neil Lennon that Spartak Moscow put two goals past Barcelona at the Nou Camp and very nearly upset the Spanish behemoth in the opening round of games, and of course the fact they only nearly managed to win means the Russians also have more motivation to get three point here, combined with the extra belief. Celtic did well to get a point in their first game, but to have a realistic chance of joining Barca in the next round they need to start winning. WilliamHill have 15/2 on a 1-1, which would be a good result and could be made possible by changes to the Spartak lineup.
Right-back Adam Matthews is a doubt for Celtic’s Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow, and Lassad Nouioui is out with a calf injury but Georgios Samaras, Beram Kayal and Joe Ledley are all on the comeback trail, and could feature this evening. Spartak will be without first-choice goalkeeper Andriy Dykan, captain Sergei Parshivlyuk, Brazil international Romulo and leading striker Welliton, while Evgeni Makeev, Nicolas Pareja, Marek Suchy and Kirill Kombarov are all doubtful in fitness terms.
CFR Cluj v Manchester United, 19:45
Although Cluj are only a recent addition to the pantheon of European sides in the consciousness of many people, their run last year and a 2-0 win over Portuguese outfit Braga in the opening round of this group have proved they are no mugs, and for Manchester United to get three point this eveing will be no easy task. A win over Galatasary in their first game got them off to a good start, but the memory of last year and the Europa League will still haunt the manager as he plots a route to the knockout stages. The 5’s with SkyBet on United to win by 3 or more may be a bit insulting to Cluj, but the Reds do play well against the smaller teams.
Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia were missing from the Manchester United squad which travelled to CFR Cluj, with Sir Alex Ferguson being forced for fitness reasons to dilute the quality of his travelling band.
FC Nordsjaelland v Chelsea, 19:45
Danish teams rarely make an impact in the Champions League and tonight the home team have a real chance to change that. FC Nordsjaelland are not a famous or easily pronounced name in the game, but playing the champions is an opportunity for their players to gain exposure and potentially a famous win, if things go their way. Chelsea are a very good team, but there is a slight lack of depth to the squad which suggests they could be vulnerable with too many changes. However, with Fernando Torres on form and fit, they are dangerous and the Spaniard is 7/2 to score the opener with StanJames.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge misses out with a hamstring problem, and Frank Lampard is set to return to the side as Roberto Di Matteo rotates in order to keep everyone happy and fit. Although it will please the player, the club will need to monitor Fernando Torres as the Spain star has started every game this season, and has a history of fragility.