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Europe’s top teams joust for position in the third round of the Champions League.

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A reinvigorated Bayern Munich will welcome Celtic at the Allianz Arena.
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Coming off a taxing international break followed by weekend exertions in their respective domestic leagues, Europe’s best now turn their attentions to the Champions League. Here are some key questions surrounding the midweek match-ups:

Will rotation bite?

Several of the continent’s top stars participated in grueling international fixtures over the last two weeks. They then rushed back to their club teams to overcome jet lag and fatigue for domestic duty. We could see some of our UEFA Champions League fantasy prized assets rested or hauled off early. Lionel Messi, Mohamed Salah, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Romelu Lukaku are just some of the big names that will have our eyes peeled to Twitter feeds when the lineups are announced at 1:45EST.

Will these teams get it going?

After a rocky start, there are a few teams that absolutly need all 3 points in this round. With one draw and one loss from their opening two games, Atletico Madrid will need to capitalize on group minnows Qarabag for maximum points. Similarly, without a win from their opening two fixtures, a trip to Maribor gives Liverpool a great opportunity to pick up their first win in Europe. Feyenoord, RB Leipzig and Monaco are three other teams that need to pick up points to maintain the CL ambitions.

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Can Manchester City maintain their blistering league form against Serie A frontrunners Napoli?
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Will these sumptuous match-ups deliver on the promise of goals?

Two fixtures in CL Matchday 3 promise to be truly entertaining affairs. Manchester City vs Napoli and Real Madrid vs Tottenham will showcase Europe’s in-form outfits against each other. Will these fixtures deliver goals and points for our Fantasy squads?

Will there be trouncings?

For Fantasy managers, there is nothing more satisfying than your key players being on the right end of a hiding, bringing an avalanche of points. A reinvigorated Bayern Munich, at home to Celtic, and a rampant Dortmund away to APOEL Nicosia, and Barcelona at home to Olympiacos are just three games that may give us the fodder we seek.

Here are the matches for Champions League Matchday 3:

TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER

APOEL vs Borussia Dortmund

RB Leipzig vs Porto

Monaco vs Beşiktaş

Real Madrid vs Tottenham

Spartak Moscow vs Sevilla

Maribor vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Napoli

Feyenoord vs Shakhtar Donetsk

WEDNESDAY, 18 OCTOBER

Qarabağ vs Atlético

Barcelona vs Olympiacos

Juventus vs Sporting CP

Chelsea vs Roma

CSKA Moscow vs Basel

Benfica vs Manchester United

Anderlecht vs Paris St. Germain

Bayern vs Celtic

Which games are you watching? What teams are you rooting for, and who are you counting on for your fantasy squads? Join in the comments below!