GUNNERS and Reds desperate

LONDON - Arsenal and Liverpool return to Champions League action this week seeking to recover from what could be crushing Premier League losses.

LONDON - Arsenal and Liverpool return to Champions League action this week seeking to recover from what could be crushing Premier League losses.

Arsenal are desperate for a morale-boosting victory over visiting Fenerbahce after a defeat at lowly Stoke left the Gunners six points off the top of the Premier League and fading from title contention.

Liverpool will be keen to beat Atletico Madrid after their first loss of the season at Tottenham cost them first place.

The Reds and Atletico share the lead of Group D and both look likely to advance to the next round irrespective of the result, though the loser at Anfield tonight could still be caught by PSV Eindhoven or Marseille, who meet in the group's other match.

Chelsea, England's Premier League leaders, are at AS Roma in another of today's eight matches. The Blues lead Group A by three points from unheralded Romanian side CFR Cluj, who host Bordeaux.

Also today, Group B leaders Inter Milan are at Anorthosis Famagusta while Panathinaikos travel to Werder Bremen with their morale lifted by a 2-1 win at Panionios on Saturday.

Panathinaikos have one point from three games and today's match is vital if they want to remain in the race.

Barcelona, the only one of the 32 teams with a perfect record after three matches, host FC Basel in Group C, which also features Shakhtar Donetsk's trip to Sporting Lisbon.

Arsenal's task against Fenerbahce tomorrow has probably been made tougher by the injuries sustained on Saturday rather than the disappointing result.

Dynamo Kiev host 2004 champions FC Porto in the other Group G match.

Defending champions Manchester United will expect to maintain their recent good form when they visit Celtic, with a draw possibly enough to send them through from Group E. - Sapa-AP

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