Manchester United's Robin van Persie (R) and Alexander Buttner stretch during a training session at the Carrington complex in Manchester, northern England, September 18, 2012. Manchester United will play a Champions League Group H soccer match against Galatasary on Wednesday. (Photo : REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) )
After an eventful opening day to the Champions League, the final four groups get underway in what should be an equally exciting day. Let's take a look at Group H.
Manchester United vs. Galatasaray 2:45 PM
The cream of English soccer gets started on the UCL tournament with a match against rival Galatasaray. Sir Alex Ferguson got some controversy started by stating that number one keeper David de Gea was no longer a lock as the starting man in the pipes creating a sense of instability in a defense that is already weakened by the absence of Cris Smalling and Phil Jones. Their offense is another story altogether with the addition of Robin Van Persie to complement Javier Hernandez as one of the most lethal striker pairs in the world. Galatasaray will likely look for a tie at the Old Trafford as a win could be too daunting in such an aggressive atmosphere.
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Edge: Manchester United should have no trouble in this match, especially at home. However, their defense is worrisome, but no against Galatasaray.
Prediction: Man U sweeps the floor with Galatasaray. 4-0.
Braga vs. CFR Cluj 2:45 PM
An intriguing matchup simply because Cluj is loaded with Portuguese players and even has three former Braga members. Cluj has also been labeled as the underdog in the group and could revel in this lack of expectations to produce a few surprises. Braga will look to channel the crowd in the first match of the tournament to pull out a much needed victory before their tilt with Galatasaray in Turkey in October.
Edge: Braga is at home, but Cluj knows their playbook. This is a rather even tilt.
Prediction: Braga channels the home crowd and wins 1-0.