JOE's Top 3 reasons to watch tonight's Champions League football 5 years ago

JOE's Top 3 reasons to watch tonight's Champions League football

Liverpool go seeking revenge in Madrid, Theo Walcott continues his comeback against Anderlecht and Group A is wide open...

Real Madrid v Liverpool

As if Liverpool's task wasn't tough enough already, they now have to face a Real side containing Welsh wonder kid Gareth Bale. The former Spurs man is fit to play and Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear the 25-year-old will be involved in tonight's crucial tie.

Real cruised to a 3-0 win in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago and it's hard to see the outcome being any different tonight.

Did we forget to mention Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from being the Champions League's all-time top goal scorer?  It could be a long evening for Liverpool.

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Arsenal v Anderlecht

Arsenal can guarantee their passage through to the next stage if they win and other results go their way in Group D tonight. Arsene Wenger must be fairly satisfied with this considering his side have not been firing on all cylinders this season.

Theo Walcott returned for Arsenal at the weekend and should get some game time tonight. The England international will be expected to share the goalscoring burden with Alexis Sanchez, who has now scored 10 goals in his last 12 games.

It is difficult to see anything but a win for Arsenal. If they gain three points and Galatasaray lose to Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund, the Gunners will qualify for the last 16 with two games still to go, not a bad achievement at all.

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Group A heats up

Very few people would have predicted that Olympiakos would be Group A leaders three games in. But their opening day win against last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid and a hard-fought victory over European heavyweights Juventus has left them in pole position.

The only blot on the Greeks' report card is a 2-0 defeat against group minnows Malmo.

With only three points separating top to bottom, this group looks wide open and should provide excellent entertainment in tonight's fixtures. Juventus host Olympiakos and Atletico are travelling to Malmo.

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