Lens’ surprising victory over Arsenal in the last few matches paved the way for the group, which also includes PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla. Arsenal will look to bounce back from this defeat, their only defeat in 13 matches in all competitions this season, when the English side travel to Sevilla.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta must decide whether to bring back goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who was sacked due to a summer move for David Raya.
Raya has been shaky for Arsenal so far, making several big mistakes in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League; These included heading a cross over his head and into the net for one of Chelsea’s goals.
Lens, the leader of the group with 4 points, hosts PSV, which is in the last place with one point, in the other match.
Old Trafford is set for an emotional evening as Manchester United host FC Copenhagen in their first match at the stadium since the death of one of United’s greatest players, Bobby Charlton.
Charlton died on Saturday and tributes will be paid to the late England international before the match.
United are looking to earn their first group points after losing their first two matches to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray. Bayern Munich is going to Turkey to get its 16th consecutive victory in the Champions League group matches.
Midfielder Leon Goretzka did not start with the team on Monday after breaking his hand in Saturday’s win over Mainz. Other absences include forward Serge Gnabry and defender Dayot Upamecano, who suffered an arm injury. Galatasaray is coming off a surprising 3-2 win against United, but they have concerns about star striker Mauro Icardi.
He scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Beşiktaş on Saturday, but also suffered an ankle injury.
Real Madrid will look to strengthen their place in first place when they visit third-place Braga.
A third consecutive win in the group would put Madrid in a good position to advance to the knockout stage for the 28th consecutive year.
The Portuguese team never advanced past the group stage. It’s his third Champions League appearance and his first in 11 seasons.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti still cannot rely on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, defender Éder Militão and midfielder Arda Güler due to their injuries.
Midfielder Dani Ceballos is listed as doubtful due to a muscle ailment. Braga may be without defender Victor Gómez due to a thigh injury.
Napoli will still be without standout striker Victor Osimhen for the trip to Union Berlin as he recovers from a thigh injury sustained while playing for the Nigerian national team. But Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was back to his best, scoring twice to help Napoli beat Hellas Verona 3-1 on Saturday. Napoli are level on points with Braga, who are three behind Madrid.
Union Berlin’s first season in the Champions League is proving to be a difficult one. Union lost 3-0 to Stuttgart on Saturday, their eighth consecutive defeat in all competitions, and have lost both of their Champions League matches so far due to goals conceded in extra time.
Benfica, which is in last place after two consecutive defeats, plans to get into contention again by hosting group leader Real Sociedad.
The Portuguese team were quarter-finalists last season but need a win to maintain a realistic chance of returning to the knockout stages. Sociedad is playing in the group stage for the third time in the Champions League and for the first time since 2013-14.
The Spanish team managed to make it to the last 16, losing both legs to Lyon in their first match of 2003-04.
Inter Milan, last year’s runners-up, will again look to Lautaro Martínez and Marcus Thuram to spearhead their attack against Salzburg.
They both hit their targets and scored Inter’s only goal in the Champions League this season in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Torino, which lifted Inter to the top of Serie A.
Martínez is in particularly good form, having scored 12 goals this season. Inter are level on points with Sociedad and just one point above Salzburg.