Juventus v Dynamo 20:45
David Trezeguet could return to action for Juventus for the first time this season as the Italian club host Dynamo Kiev at the Stadio delle Alpi.
The French international striker has been out for almost two months with a knee injury but is in the squad and will probably start on the bench as Juve coach Marcello Lippi gives new signing Marco Di Vaio another chance to shine alongside in-form Alessandro Del Piero.
Lippi is reager to pick up their a Champions League win after being held to a draw in their opening fixture with Feyenoord.
Lippi’s main worriesare midfielders Alessio Tacchinardi and Edgar Davids, both of whom are doubtful. Croatian Igor Tudor and Davide Baiocco are on stand by to deputise.
For Dynamo, coach Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko, much will depnned on forwards Maksim Shatskikh and Brazilian Leandro, who both missed the disappointing weekend draw with Obolon.
Juventus: Buffon; Thuram, Iuliano, Montero, Birindelli; Camoranesi, Davids, Baiocco; Nedved; Di Vaio, Del Piero
Dynamo Kyiv: Reva; Ghioane; Peev, Husin, Sablic, Nesmachnyy; Leko, Khatskevich; Cernat; Leandro, Shatskikh.
Newcastle v Feyenoord 20:45
After three straight defeats, Newcastlle UNited were grateful to finally pick up three points when they overcame Sunderland in the local north-east derby at the weekend.
Coach Sir Bobby Robson admitted the win had “lifted the whole scene here”; a fact acknowledged by his Dutchh counterpart, Feyenoord boss Bert van Marwijk, who stated: “The game against Sunderland was good for them and here with the public we know it will be tough.”
Following their disappointing 2-0 reverse in Kyiv last week, Newcastle cannnot afford to drop any home points and will be gunning for victory tonight against a side who havewon just once in ten trips to England. However, the UEFA Cup holders are unbeaten in 13 European games and their draw with Juventusconfirmed their pedigree at this level.
Club captain Paul Bosvelt who missed Juventus’s visit following his father’s death returns, but Ramon van Haaren damaged a hamstring in Saturday’s win over De Graafschap meaning Tomasz Rzasa should fill the left-back role tonight.
Newcastle have no injury worries and although forward Craig Bellamy managed only a light training session yesterday, Robson claims that the Welsh striker would be “up and ready” to face Feyenoord. Bellamy is anxiously waiting to hear if he will be charged by UEFA for headbutting Tiberiu Ghioane during last week’s encounter. The incident, though missed by the referee, was spotted by television cameras annd UEFA are studying the video evidence with a view to charging Belllamy.
Equally worrying for Robson will be the free-kick prowess of Pierre Van Hooijdonk, who scored Feyenooord’s equaliser from a set-piece. It was the striker’s 50th goal from a free-kick and confirmed his reputationas one of the game’s most dangerous set-piece merchants.
‘We are aware of Van Hooijdonk’s ability at free-kicks but we’ll be trying not to give any away,’ stated Robson. ‘It’s a danger but it’s not something we’re extremely worried about.’
: Given; Griffin, O’Brien, Dabizas, Hughes; Solano, Dyer, Speed, Viana; Bellamy, Shearer.
Feyenoord: Zoetebier; Song, Paauwe, Van Wonderen, Van Haaren; Emerton, Bosvelt, Ono, Pardo; Van Hooijdonk, Buffel.