It’s the return of the Champions

The UCL is back this month, here’s what’s in store for the British teams

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A couple of months after Bayern Munich lifted that famous silver trophy and it is time to go again.

The UEFA Champions League is back which means customers have even more reason to book a seat at a table with you on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The best of British are involved with Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all in the group stages.

And with matches kicking off at 5.55pm and 8pm you can have some great double-headers with all the action concluding before curfew.

Here’s what’s in store in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Manchester City (Group C)
Porto, Marseille, Olympiacos

On the face of it, City should safely navigate Group C without too many difficulties. But it is not the group stages that have been their downfall in recent years.

A defeat to Lyon in the quarter finals in August was the latest in a long line of knockout disappointments.

After a stuttering start to this season’s domestic campaign City will be keen to ensure they get off to a good start as they once again bid to win Europe’s premier competition for the first time. 

Opening Fixtures

Man City vs Porto, Wednesday, October 21, 8pm
Marseille vs Man City, Tuesday October 27, 8pm
Man City vs Olympiacos, Tuesday November 3, 8pm

Liverpool (Group D)
Ajax, Midtjylland, Atalanta

It seems like a very long time ago when an Anfield packed with fans witnessed the then European champions crashing out of the competition to Atletico Madrid. So much has happened since then, and we don’t just mean the huge changes to life due to the pandemic. Liverpool have lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time, and lost 7-2 to Aston Villa in one of the surprise results of the season. With all that in mind, who knows how this group will go, but you have to fancy Liverpool to qualify.

Opening Fixtures

Ajax vs Liverpool, Wednesday October 21, 8pm
Liverpool vs Midtjylland, Tuesday October 27, 8pm
Atalanta vs Liverpool, Tuesday November 3, 8pm

Chelsea (Group E)
Sevilla, Krasnodar, Rennes

Drawing teams that finished third in the Russian and French leagues and fourth in La Liga looks like a decent result for the Blues. Another way of looking at it, is that to progress they will need to topple Europa League champions Sevilla, the early pace-setters in Ligue 1 Rennes, and tackle a tricky trip to Russia.

It means it is hard to know what to expect, but then that has been the way of late with Chelsea as their new look team of superstars starts to settle into life at Stamford Bridge. It means Chelsea matches should be an entertaining draw for your football fans.

Opening Fixtures

Chelsea vs Sevilla, Tuesday October 20, 8pm
Krasnodar vs Chelsea, Wednesday October 28, 5.55pm
Chelsea vs Rennes, Wednesday November 4 ,8pm

Manchester United (Group H)
PSG, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir

There is little doubt as to which Premier League side has got the toughest looking UCL group. Manchester United’s early season form has been mixed, to say the least, so they will have to up their game to get out of Group H. 

In RB Leipzig and PSG they will have to face two of last season’s UCL semi-finalists. That said, they will have good memories of their last trip to Paris in 2019, when Marcus Rashford’s injury time penalty sent them through to the quarter finals on away goals.

Opening Fixtures

PSG vs Man Utd, Tuesday October 20, 8pm
Man Utd vs RB Leipzig, Wednesday October 28, 8pm
Istanbul Basaksehir vs Man Utd, Wednesday November 4, 5:55pm

Beyond the Prem…

Every match in this season’s UEFA Champions League will be live and exclusive on BT Sport. That means that as well as showing the efforts of the Premier League’s representatives your customers can also keep a close eye on Europe’s finest.

There’s plenty to enjoy with champions Bayern opening their defence against Atletico on Tuesday October 21. Just a week later those old foes Messi and Ronaldo will go head-to-head once more with Juventus facing Barca in Group G.

Europa League

The midweek football doesn’t end at full-time on Wednesdays. BT Sport also has exclusive coverage of the Europa League, which should bring more football fans through your doors on Thursday nights. England and Scotland are well represented with Arsenal, Leicester, Tottenham, Celtic and Rangers all in the group stages.

Thursday 22nd October

Rapid Wien v Arsenal, 5:55pm
Standard Liege v Rangers, 5:55pm
Leicester v Zorya, 8pm
Celtic v AC Milan, 8pm
Spurs v Lask, 8pm

Thursday 29th October

AEK Athens v Leicester, 5:55pm
Lille v Celtic, 5:55pm
Antwerp v Spurs, 5:55pm
Arsenal v Dundalk, 8pm
Rangers v Lech, 8pm

Thursday 5th November

Benfica v Rangers, 5:55pm
Ludogrets v Spurs, 5:55pm
Arsenal v Molde, 8pm
Leicester v Braga, 8pm
Celtic v Sparta Praha, 8pm

  • Visit www.btsporthub.co.uk for full UCL and UEL fixture details and to download and create posters and social assets to help you promote the big games in your venue. We now have a fixture calendar for your staff to use to.

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