Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City begin their respective Champions League group stage campaigns on Wednesday night with tough ties.
Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord provide the opposition for the Premier League teams looking to replicate the success of Chelsea and Manchester United 24 hours earlier.
To Jurgen Klopp’s side first, and the big news is that Philippe Coutinho is on the bench. The Brazilian playmaker has not featured for Liverpool yet this season, and the manager has resisted the temptation to throw him back in at the deep end.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2017
Mohamed Salah, despite missing training on Tuesday with a sore throat, has been passed fit to play, while Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in goal, Joe Gomez is in at right-back to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Dejan Lovren is in at centre-back to replace Ragnar Klavan.
To Man City next, and Pep Guardiola has Raheem Sterling to call upon once more with the England forward missing Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool with suspension. He starts on the bench.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2017
Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes returns to the starting lineup despite coming off on a stretcher on Saturday, while Nicolas Otamendi continues to deputise for VIncent Kompany with Sergio Aguero partnering Gabriel Jesus in attack once again.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are without Dele Alli for their clash with Dortmund, with the midfielder serving a suspension for his red card against Gent in the Europa League last year.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2017
Eric Dier partners Mousa Dembele in midfield, with summer signings Serge Aurier and Davinson Sanchez starting in defence.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we’re joined by Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy to discuss the FAI Cup semi-final draw, and look ahead to this weekend’s EA Sports Cup final between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.