The Uefa Champions League returns following a summer packed with belated Euro 2020 action across the continent.
Plenty has changed across European football ahead of the new UCL campaign, with the likes of Barcelona and Juventus wilting under their heavyweight status as they make their entrances on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo reclaims the number seven jersey at Manchester United, whose EPL rivals Chelsea kick off their European title defence bolstered by another returnee in Romelu Lukaku.
It’s a Camp Nou clash but not as we know it in the Champions League group stage, as troubled giants Barcelona go up against serial German champions Bayern Munich in their Group E opener.
Barca were outgunned by Paris Saint Germain in last season’s Round of 16, with the French side going on to poach Lionel Messi from the penury-stricken Catalans in the summer.
Their opponents went one better last time around, falling to PSG on away goals at the quarter-final stage.
The pool’s other opening match sees Dynamo Kyiv play host to Portuguese side Benfica.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in business for Manchester United, as he makes his continental comeback for the English Premier League club away to Young Boys in the UCL.
The Swiss side make their return to the top table of European competition against the Red Devils, who bowed out at the end of last season’s group stage, before going on to lose the Europa League final on penalties.
Villarreal vanquished Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the showpiece and will meet them again here, kicking off their Champions League return with a home tie against Italy’s Atalanta.
A highly contestable Group G in the Uefa Champions League begins with reigning French champions Lille tackling Wolfsburg on home turf on Tuesday.
The men from northern France, who pipped PSG to the Ligue Un crown, face the Germans who squeaked into the competition following their fourth-placed Bundesliga finish last season.
Earlier in the evening continental specialists of recent years, Sevilla, face the new challenge of Red Bull Salzburg when they clash in Spain.
Chelsea mount their Uefa Champions League title defence on Tuesday, as they welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Stamford Bridge for their Group H opener.
Thomas Tuchel’s side saw off fellow English Premier League giants Manchester City to claim the crown in Porto and have since prized Romelu Lukaku back to west London for the new campaign.
The other half of the pool sees Juventus, taking their first post-Ronaldo steps, heading north to Sweden to face the challenge of Malmo.
Uefa Champions League predictions for 14 September
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.