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UEFA Champions League Preview | Group D | 24 October 2012

The UEFA Champions League will continue on Tuesday, October 23, when Group’s E, F, G and H — including the likes of Juventus, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona and Manchester United — take the pitch.

However, the Group of Death, Group D, will not resume play until Wednesday, with Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam scheduled to host English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City, while two-time defending German Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund play host to Spanish giants Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park.

Group D

Clubs P W D L F A +/- Pts
Real Madrid CF Real Madrid CF 2 2 0 0 7 3 4 6
Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4
Manchester City FC Manchester City FC 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
AFC Ajax AFC Ajax 2 0 0 2 1 5 -4 0

As shown above, Real Madrid are top-of-the-group after notching wins over Manchester City and AFC Ajax. German champions Borussia Dortmund are next in line having tallied four points from two matches, despite netting just two goals.

Die Schwarzgelben defeated AFC Ajax by a score of 1-0 at home in their Group of Death opener, before earning a point in Manchester against City.

Meanwhile, City are on one point, while AFC Ajax are on the brink of elimination after losing their first two matches in the group.

UEFA Champions League Preview | Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester City | 24 October 2012

Roberto Mancini and Manchester City will travel to the Amsterdam Arena to take on Dutch giants AFC Ajax on Wednesday evening.

The home side are 1-3-5 in their last nine matches against English opposition in European competition. In contrast, City have won just one away game in the Champions League in their history, while losing on four occasions, all of which have come in the last two seasons.

City have conceded 22 shots on target in their opening two Champions League matches, the most of any team this season, but only four of those shots have managed to sneak past in-form goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has undoubtedly been the club’s best player in the competition thus far.

Despite the home-field advantage, Ajax will not feel too comfortable against Roberto Mancini’s side on Wednesday, with the Dutch outfit win-less, 0-1-3, in their last four matches against English opponents in Europe.

All things considered, City should have four points in Group D before they host Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

UEFA Champions League Preview | Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid | 24 October 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has bagged 14 goals in his last 11 appearances in the Champions League, leads Real Madrid to Signal Iduna Park to clash with familiar foe Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, 24 October.

Despite bossing the German Bundesliga over the past two seasons, Die Borussen have endured recent struggles against Spanish opponents, having failed to record a win in their last seven European fixtures against teams from Spain, including two draws and two losses against none other than Real Madrid.

Los Blancos are 20-5-2 in their last 27 Champions League games, but have struggled, to the tune of a 1-6-16 record, in Germany.

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Shawn Etemadi


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