Champions League: PSG and Real Madrid to lock horns in top of table clash

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By Euronews
Champions League: PSG and Real Madrid to lock horns in top of table clash

Paris Saint Germain will look to maintain their perfect start to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night when they host ten-times champions Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in the first of a double header.

The French side are in imperious form this season and have yet to taste defeat in 13 matches in all competitions.

Angel di Maria will face his former team for the first time since leaving in 2014, David Luiz is out through injury while Marco Verratti has recovered from a calf strain.

Two of the game’s biggest goal scoring stars will do battle in Paris when Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo meets PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a game that could go some way in deciding which of the two teams go through as Group A winners.

Karim Benzema is facing a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, but Gareth Bale is out after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury whilst on duty for Wales – much to the annoyance of the Los Blancos faithful.

Elsewhere in the Group Ibrahimovic’s former club Malmo host Shakhtar Donetsk with both clubs looking for their first win of the campaign.

In Group B Ashley Young will miss Manchester United’s match at CSKA Moscow due to a calf injury and joins left back Luke Shaw on the absentee list as Louis Van Gaal’s men look for their first away win in this season’s tournament.

PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg meet in the other match.

Benfica will look to maintain their perfect start to Group C as they travel to Galatasaray, who are hunting a first win in ten European outings.

The second game of the Group on Wednesday pits Atletico madrid against competition newcomers Astana.

In Group D, last year’s losing finalists Juventus entertain a winless Borussia Mönchengladbach hoping to make it three wins from three.

Manchester City meanwhile will be without striker Sergio Aguero due to a hamstring injury as they host Sevilla.