After wins for Liverpool on Manchester City on Tuesday, the Premier League’s other two Champions League contenders are in action on Wednesday evening, starting at 17:55 as Chelsea travel east to FK Krasnodar (Match Betting – Krasnodar 15/2, Draw 4/1, Chelsea 2/5).
The Blues have possibly shocked even themselves by keeping clean sheets against both Sevilla and Manchester United.
Edouard Mendy’s presence between the sticks has clearly calmed the defence but they will be taking on a side looking to create history, with this Krasnodar’s first-ever home game in the group stages of the Champions League.
All six of the other Russian sides to reach the pools have failed to win their maiden outing on their own patch and they will be aiming for an upset.
With the three other teams in Group E travelling for around eight hours from Western Europe, Murad Musayev’s men will see their home games on the banks of the Kuban as a chance to build their path to the knockouts.
Chelsea have just one win from their last four competitive games but their record in Russia will give them confidence, having won two of their three previous trips to the country to zero (6/5 – Chelsea to win to zero).
Then at 20:00, Manchester United take on last season’s semi-finalists, RB Leipzig (Match Betting – Manchester United 5/4, Draw 5/2, Leipzig 9/4).
The Red Devils have won just one of their last six homes games in this competition but have a good record against German teams, winning seven of their last eight Champions League outings on against Bundesliga opposition on their own patch.
After opening their campaign by beating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may feel they have already taken a step towards qualification.
Die Roten Bullen also made a winning start with a 2-0 victory against Istanbul Basaksehir and their last four defeat to PSG in August is their sole reverse in their last nine Champions League outings.
The two sides have a habit of being in the goals and over 3.5 on the night is 15/8.