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The UEFA Champions League is Back!!!

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The 2015/2016 UEFA Champions league competition kicks off tonight, with 32 European top teams vying for the prestigious trophy.

There are always heroes unearthed on UEFA Champions League matchday one. There was Marco van Basten’s four-goal haul in 1992, Zlatan Ibrahimović’s match-winning double on his competition debut for Ajax a decade later. Grafite hit a hat-trick for Wolfsburg in 2009 and Yacine Brahimi introduced himself to Porto in style 12 months ago, with each year coming with a surprise package, all fingers are crossed to see the players with extra reason to impress in the coming weeks and months.

With kazakstan’s FC Astana making the group stages for the first time ever, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be going head to head for the golden boot.

Below is the predicted lineup, suspensions and injury news ahead of Tuesday’s eight group stage fixtures.

Paris Saint-Germain v Malmö
PSG : Trapp; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Verratti; Cavani, Ibrahimović, Di María.
Out: Aurier (suspended)
Doubtful: Ibrahimović (knee)

Malmö: Wiland; Tinnerholm, Bengtsson, Árnason, Carvalho, Yotún; Lewicki, Adu, Berget; Djurdjić, Rosenberg.
Out: none

Real Madrid v Shakhtar Donetsk
Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Danilo (foot), James Rodríguez (thigh)

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos, Taison; Alex Teixeira; Gladkiy.
Out: none

Wolfsburg v CSKA Moskva
Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo; Caligiuri, Draxler, Schürrle; Dost.
Out: Felipe (foot)
Doubtful: Casteels (toe), Vieirinha (thigh)

CSKA Moskva: Akinfeev; Mário Fernandes, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Tošić, Wernbloom, Eremenko, Dzagoev; Musa, Doumbia.
Out: Golovin (thigh)

PSV Eindhoven v Manchester United
PSV: Zoet; Brenet, Moreno, Bruma, Arias; Guardado, Hendrix, Pröpper, Lestienne; De Jong, Narsingh.
Out: Willems (knee), Jozefzoon (knee), Koch (knee), Maher (leg)

United: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schweinsteiger; Mata, Herrera, Memphis; Fellaini.
Out: Jones (blood clot), Rooney (hamstring)

Galatasaray v Atlético
Galatasaray: Muslera; Carole, Hakan Balta, Semih Kaya, Sabri Sarıoğlu; José Rodríguez, Selçuk İnan, Sneijder, Yasin Öztekin; Podolski, Burak Yılmaz.
Out: Hamit Altıntop (knee), Aurelien Chedjou (back)

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Giménez, Godín, Gámez; Oliver Torres, Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Fernando Torres.
Out: Filipe Luís (unspecified)

Benfica v Astana
Benfica: Júlio César; Nélson Semedo, Jardel, Luisão, Eliseu; Samaris, Talisca, Gaitán, Guedes; Jonas, Mitroglou.
Out: Salvio (knee)

Astana: Erić; Ilić, Postnikov, Aničić, Shomko; Dzholchiyev, Cañas, Maksimović, Kéthévoama, Zhukov; Nuserbayev.
Out: Twumasi (suspended)

Manchester City v Juventus
City: Hart; Sagna, Mangala, Kompany, Kolarov; Yaya Touré, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling; Bony.
Out: Agüero (knee)
Doubtful: Fernandinho (unknown), Nasri (unknown)

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Cuadrado, Pereyra, Hernanes, Pogba; Mandžukić, Dybala.
Out: Khedira (thigh), Marchisio (thigh)

Sevilla v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sevilla: Rico; Coke, Krychowiak, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; Krohn-Dehli, Iborra; Reyes, Banega, Konoplyanka; Llorente.
Out: Beto (knee), Pareja (knee), Carriço (hamstring), Rami (adductor)
Doubtful: Kakuta (back)

Mönchengladbach: Sommer; Korb, Brouwers, Jantschke, Wendt; Nordtveit, Stindl; Traoré, Hazard; Hahn, Raffael.
Out: Domínguez (back), Stranzl (eye socket), Johnson (calf), Herrmann (knee), Xhaka (suspended)

With eight other fixtures to take place on Wednesday, defending Champions FC Barcelona will travel to Rome to take on AS Roma, as they begin their campaign to defend their crown, which they won in May.

The 2016 UEFA Champions League final will take place at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. It is the fourth time the European Cup will be decided at San Siro.