5 players worth keeping an eye on in the Champions League group stage

David Neres (Ajax)

Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have departed the Amsterdam Arena for pastures new, but Ajax have otherwise kept the bulk of last season’s squad intact. A repeat of their 2018/19 achievements – a domestic double and a run to the semi-finals of the Champions League – is highly unlikely, but Erik ten Hag will fancy his side’s chances of progressing from an open group containing Chelsea, Valencia and Lille.

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Leicester can confirm top-four credentials with positive performance at Old Trafford

It is still early days but after four games of the Premier League season, Leicester City are the side who look best equipped to challenge the big six. Brendan Rodgers’ charges are third in the standings heading into this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford, with two wins (against Sheffield United and Bournemouth) and two draws (against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea) representing a solid start to the new campaign.

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Arsenal out to end dreadful recent record at Anfield – but the performance could be as important as the result

Anfield has not been a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in recent years. Since the start of 2014 the Gunners have collected two points from a possible 18 at Liverpool’s home, with an aggregate score of 22-8 across those six matches.

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