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Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

The Champions League is back and Virgin Media Sport presenter Tommy Martin has penned his exclusive verdict on this week's big games for sundayworld.com.

Wednesday

Porto v Juventus – Live on Virgin Media Two and Sport from 7pm

Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored one goal in six previous games against Porto – but what a goal it was. His strike for Manchester United at the Dragao Stadium in 2009 was one of the all-time great Champions League goals, a missile from all of 40 yards out.

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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: AP

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: AP

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo: AP

The Champions League’s record goalscorer tends to do his business from a bit closer in these days – but with 23 goals in 26 appearances for Juventus this season there is no doubt he remains as lethal as ever.

Whether his presence will be enough to propel Juve to a coveted third Champions League title – and a sixth for Ronaldo – is a big question. A quarter-final appearance two seasons ago is the best he’s managed since he moved to Turin.

Porto will make life hard for Ronaldo and co. – clean sheets in five of their six group stage games tells you where their strength lies – but the Italian champions should have enough experience to advance.

Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund – Live on Virgin Media Sport Extra 1 from 7.45pm

If Ronaldo is the Champions League’s goal king, Erling Braut Haaland is the crown prince. 16 Champions League goals in just 12 appearances in the competition for Dortmund and his previous club, RB Salzburg, show how quickly the 20-year-old has fitted in at the very highest level.

But Sevilla’s all-round European experience could tell in this tie. The six-time Europa League winners are keen to translate their success in the second tier competition to a place among Europe’s true elite. To that end, they added Atalanta’s Argentine wizard Papú Gomez to their squad in January, and may just be too crafty for the youthful Bundesliga side.

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