Jesse Lingard will hope Manchester United can bounce back after his error cost them at Young Boys
Jesse Lingard will hope Manchester United can bounce back after his error cost them at Young Boys

After Tuesday delivered a dramatic evening of Champions League football, eight more matches are on the agenda this evening.

Manchester United and Chelsea are both in action, while we also profile a small club looking to follow in Sheriff Tiraspol’s footsteps and cause an almighty upset on Thursday.

English focus

Following a shock defeat to Young Boys in their opening group stage fixture, Manchester United now welcome Villarreal to Old Trafford.

Revenge will be on the cards for United after last year’s Europa League final defeat, and points are a must tonight if they are to make the knockout stages.

One man who did not play in last season's defeat was Jesse Lingard — but he has had quite the impact back in Manchester since his return from West Ham.

After his backpass cost United a point in Switzerland, we consider the role the England midfielder can have off the bench for the Red Devils.

Read more: Why super-sub Lingard is relishing his new role at Old Trafford

Elsewhere, reigning champions Chelsea enjoyed a better start to their campaign with victory over Zenit Saint Petersburg — and now they travel to Juventus.

The Old Lady have had a tough campaign so far in Serie A and we assess what they can do to get the better of the Blues.

Read more: How Juventus can crack Chelsea's watertight defence
Ronald Koeman desperately needs a win as he fights for his job at Barcelona
Ronald Koeman desperately needs a win as he fights for his job at Barcelona

Game-by-game preview

On top of those two in-depth pieces, our complete Champions League preview provides you with the key stats from all eight games.

Barcelona are on the road at Benfica looking to bounce back from defeat to Bayern Munich, while Group G looks incredibly tight after two draws on Matchday 1.

Read more: Champions League Wednesday preview — Juventus face champions Chelsea

And there's more

Youri Tielemans is attracting interest from Spain's biggest clubs
Youri Tielemans is attracting interest from Spain's biggest clubs

We are bringing our Transfer Talk column back.

A little under one month since the window slammed shut, there is still plenty of gossip out there — and we will round it all up for you.

We also have the latest from the worlds of boxing, cricket, golf and more throughout the day.

Read more: Transfer Talk — LaLiga giants eye Leicester star

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