If Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are to overcome second-place RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, they will need to get the better of a player that could well be lining up for them next season.

Dayot Upamecano has become one of Europe's most sought-after defenders following a string of dominant displays in the German top flight and the Champions League.

With Bayern's centre-back pairing of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng expected to leave at the end of the season, Hansi Flick has been heavily tipped to pay the reported €42m release clause in Upamecano's contract to bring him to Bavaria.

Ahead of what many are billing as the 22-year-old's audition over the weekend, we use Opta data to see if Upamecano would be an upgrade on Bayern's experienced central defenders.

The story so far

Despite supposed interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal at the time, Upamecano opted for Salzburg in 2015 and soon got a taste for first-team football at feeder club Liefering.

Given the links between the clubs, it came as little surprise when the centre-back chose Leipzig in January 2017, quickly adapting to a new country and league with 12 Bundesliga appearances over the rest of the campaign.

Upamecano's displays the next year saw him nominated for the 2018 Golden Boy award, won by then-Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but his game has since gone up another level under the stewardship of Julian Nagelsmann.

He has been a mainstay at the back, making 38 appearances in all competitions in the 2019-20 campaign.

Solid as a rock

Upamecano helped Leipzig finish third in the Bundesliga and reach the Champions League semi-finals last season.

He has started the 2020-21 campaign with a spring in his step and boasts particularly impressive defensive numbers when compared to Alaba and Boateng.

In his eight Bundesliga games, Upamecano has won 90 per cent of his tackles, with only Bayer Leverkusen's Edmond Tapsoba enjoying a better success rate (92 per cent) among those with at least 10 attempts. Alaba and Boateng are way behind in that department, with 50 and 57 per cent success rates respectively.

Upamecano contests significantly more duels than his Bayern counterparts, averaging 7.7 per 90 minutes to Alaba's 4.9 and Boateng's 5.7.

He has also won 65 per cent of his aerial battles this term, more than Alaba's 50 per cent and Boateng's 61 per cent, and has only been dribbled past by an opponent once all season.

With such impressive figures, it is hardly surprising that Upamecano has conceded just 0.7 goals per game this season, while Alaba and Boateng have let in 1.8 and 1.5 respectively per 90 minutes.

Contributing at the other end

It is not just in defence where Upamecano excels.

He boasts wonderful passing skills and consistently starts attacks for his side. This season he has initiated eight sequences that ended in a shot and been involved in 32 overall – both figures outstrip the Bayern pair.

Alaba and Boateng both average 75 passes per 90 minutes, while the forward-thinking Upamecano gets through 89 in the same period.

He is also more accurate when sending the ball long, successfully completing 75 per cent of such passes compared to Alaba's 54 per cent and Boateng's 58 per cent.

Robert Lewandowski will be licking his lips at the prospect of getting on the end of some of those passes should Bayern seal a deal for one of Europe's most impressive young defenders.

When the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards swapped point guards Russell Westbrook and John Wall on Wednesday, it was undoubtedly one of the blockbuster trades of the offseason. 

But while the names and pedigrees of the players are well known, neither star shines as bright today as he once did, and the current value of each player remains a mystery.  

In a way, the careers for Wall and Westbrook have followed similar paths. Both were drafted as prospects with a rare combination of athletic gifts but had unrefined games. Both developed into All-Stars who peaked in the 2016-17 season, and have since declined since receiving massive contract extensions.  

But while Wall's descent has been due to injury, Westbrook has played his way out of elite status despite his many accomplishments.  

Westbrook will begin the season with his third different team in as many seasons, and it is clear the league does not value him at the level his statistical prowess would suggest.  

The 2016-17 league MVP is a reasonable 32 years old and is coming off a season in Houston in which he averaged 27.2 points per game and shot a career-high 47.2 percent from the field. Westbrook even had a 38-game stretch during which he scored over 30.0 points per game and shot over 50 percent, the longest of his career.  

But the nine-time All-Star's 25.8 percentage from three-point range last season – one of the five worst marks ever with at least 200 attempts – and overall shot selection have left him with the reputation as an exciting stat-stuffer whose weaknesses exclude his team from serious contention.  

Not to mention that Westbrook's numbers plummeted in the NBA's Disney campus bubble after he recovered from COVID-19 in July, and the long-term effects of the coronavirus are still being researched.  

Westbrook will – or at least should – play second fiddle to incumbent Wizards star Bradley Beal, whose scoring has increased in each of the previous five seasons and reached 30.5 points per game in 2019-20.  

But perhaps the fit could be mutually beneficial if Westbrook abandons his errant long-range shooting and focuses on attacking the basket, opening up shots for Beal and fellow sharp-shooter Davis Bertans.  

The team has a logjam of frontcourt players including Thomas Bryant, Robin Lopez, Ian Mahinmi, Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner – perhaps necessitating another trade – but the Wizards should be in a position to at least compete for a playoff spot in the East.  

However, Westbrook has worn out his welcome with two teams in two years, while Beal may find shots harder to come by, if his new teammate takes 22.5 shots and commits 4.5 turnovers per game as he did last season.  

Wall's future contributions, though, are a complete wildcard.  

After weeks of rumours circulating that James Harden wanted a different running mate in Houston, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the three-time scoring champion told Rockets brass he would prefer Wall to Westbrook.  

Much like Westbrook, Wall's numbers peaked in 2016-17, when he played 78 games and averaged 23.1 points and 10.7 assists while leading the NBA in steals.  

The next season he played 41 games and missed large stretches with knee soreness. In 2018-19, Wall returned to average 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games before requiring surgery for recurring heel soreness. After his surgical site became infected, he slipped and fell in his home in February 2019, tearing his Achilles tendon.  

While rehabbing in preparation for the 2019-20 season, Wall tore the ACL in his left knee last August, keeping him out the entire campaign.  

When the upcoming season tips off on December 22, it will have been two full years since Wall played in an NBA game.  

While he is two years younger than Westbrook, such an extensive injury history makes him an enormous risk for the Rockets, who are already undergoing organisational change after the departure of longtime general manager Daryl Morey.  

The history of players returning from Achilles ruptures is checkered, ending the careers of many role players and perhaps even accelerating the end of Kobe Bryant's career. One positive example is that of Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins, who suffered the injury midway through the 1991-92 season at 32 years old.  

Wilkins returned to play 71 games the following season while averaging 29.9 points and making a career-high 1.7 three-pointers per game.  

But Wilkins avoided the knee issues that Wall has suffered in recovery.  

With a torn Achilles and ACL, Wal's injury history is most similar to that of DeMarcus Cousins, who also joined the Rockets this offseason after signing a one-year, $2.33million contract.  

The risk for Houston is extremely high, with Wall signed through the 2022-23 season and scheduled to make over $47m in the final year of his deal, albeit Westbrook's contract runs just as long.  

The Rockets have tried out various co-stars in an effort to enable Harden to lead the franchise to the NBA Finals but have come up short each time. Wall and Cousins bring All-Star talent but a truckload of baggage and uncertainty.  

Earlier this offseason, when Harden was mentioned in trade rumours involving the Brooklyn Nets, the Rockets showed no public interest in moving their offensive juggernaut.  

But as Harden's supporting cast becomes increasingly volatile, the Westbrook-for-Wall swap could be the boom-or-bust move that signals the final chapter of the Harden era in Houston.  

If Manchester United do not qualify for the Champions League last 16, they will point to two profound aberrations in an otherwise positive group stage. 

Firstly, the 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir, when Demba Ba was allowed to score a goal after receiving the ball in his own half without a United player between him and Dean Henderson's goal, all from United's own corner. 

Secondly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unfathomable decision not to substitute Fred in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. 

Nobody watching could quite work out why Fred was not sent off when he pushed his head into Leandro Paredes'. The PSG man's reaction was embarrassing, but Fred's offence was clear to everyone, including the VAR officials. Yet referee Daniele Orsato saw fit only to book him. 

Perhaps Orsato had been replaying the scene in his mind when, less than a minute after Marquinhos had put PSG 2-1 up in the second half, he showed Fred a second yellow card for a challenge on Ander Herrera. Fred got a clear foot to the ball first, but the decision was not changed, leaving the United man to trudge disconsolately down the touchline.

The consensus seemed to be that Fred would be taken off at half-time. He might have gained possession a team-high eight times in his period on the pitch, but United needed only a point here and had Scott McTominay to provide the combative midfield presence. 

There was nothing essential about Fred's place in the side, no pivotal game plan that could not have been carried out by Donny van de Beek, or Paul Pogba, or Nemanja Matic. Yet out he came for the second half: emboldened, determined, disastrous. 

This was another match between United and PSG where VAR proved critical to the result by enforcing questionable decisions, much like that famous 3-1 win for the Red Devils in Paris two seasons ago, but also by the key decisions at key moments from the men in charge. 

Solskjaer's side, having pulled level through Marcus Rashford's deflected shot after Neymar's opener, were tearing into the visitors on the break. Anthony Martial missed two glorious chances for 2-1, one of which came after Edinson Cavani's stunning chip hit the crossbar. 

Thomas Tuchel saw the danger and acted. Moise Kean and Paredes went off for Herrera and Mitchel Bakker, adding cover to PSG's left flank and shutting down the United threat. The new back three allowed Marquinhos to venture forward with more abandon for set-pieces and it was the captain's close-range finish from a half-cleared corner that put them in front. Neymar made it 3-1 in added time after Fred's red had killed United's spirit.

In the opposite dug-out, Solskjaer was passive. The system and personnel did not change to combat PSG's tactical tweak, and they were down to 10 men before Pogba, Van de Beek, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo were summoned from the bench. The second yellow was harsh, but Fred had had it coming. The game as a whole was like those seconds in Istanbul on matchday three, when assistant Mike Phelan pointed and screamed at Ba to no avail: United and Solskjaer saw the threat and did nothing to stop it. 

"Fred shouldn't put his head towards him," Solskjaer later told BT Sport. "I don't think he touched him, but he shouldn't do that, so he's a bit lucky, it's either nothing or a red card. I thought maybe he was a bit lucky to stay on.  

"Yes [I thought about taking him off]. But Fred played really well. We spoke about staying calm, staying on your feet and the second yellow card is nowhere near a foul. Ander knows that as well, he definitely knows."  

Herrera also knew Fred was one misstep from a lonely walk down the tunnel. So did Solskjaer. And only one of them acted.   

So, we go to a showdown on matchday six, United, PSG and Leipzig all on nine points and all able to qualify. A point will still be enough for the Red Devils but there is no room for error against a Leipzig side who must win. PSG, for all the pressure on their coach and star performers, are now one win away from topping the group. 

United have played some excellent football in this competition and only three other teams have scored more than their 13 goals. They have beaten all three sides in this 'group of death', convincingly too. And yet, they head into next week with their European fate in the balance, when a simple covering defender from a corner and a half-time substitution could have changed it all.

If Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Heorhii Bushchan needs any consolation, it had happened 749 times before.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th goal of a phenomenal career on Wednesday, finding the net in Juventus' Champions League clash with the Ukrainian side.

Ronaldo reached his latest landmark when he tapped in from the goal line to give Juve a 2-0 lead in Turin.

His goal was his 75th for the Bianconeri, though the vast majority – 450 to be exact – were scored during a record-breaking spell with Real Madrid.

A hero at Madrid, Manchester United and now Juventus, a fair few of Ronaldo's incredible haul have been stone-cold classics. Here, we look back at 10 of his best goals.

Manchester United v Portsmouth: January 30, 2008

Perhaps the finest free-kick Ronaldo has struck in his career.

The Portuguese developed his reputation as a set-piece master at United and he lashed a phenomenal 25-yard effort past David James as part of a double to send Alex Ferguson's side to the top of the Premier League.

His knuckleball technique sent the ball swirling into the top-right corner for one of his defining Old Trafford moments.

Porto v Manchester United: April 15, 2009

He had absolutely no right to score this one.

Back in his homeland for a Champions League quarter-final against Porto, Ronaldo picked up the ball in the middle of the opposition half, got it out of his feet and sent a searing strike flying past Helton to seal a 1-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao and a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

 

Almeria v Real Madrid: April 15, 2010

Ronaldo has developed into more of a penalty-box poacher in recent seasons, but this effort against Almeria was a reminder of how devastating he could be when starting with the ball outside the area. 

Rafael van der Vaart won back possession in the Almeria half and the ball was worked to Ronaldo, who accelerated past two challenges, left a third defender for dead with a stepover and then drilled home with his left foot. The visitors would go on to win 2-1.

 

Sevilla v Real Madrid: December 17, 2011

Sevilla grew sick of the sight of Ronaldo during his time in Spain – he did score 27 times against them, after all – but this strike in a 6-2 thrashing is perhaps the best of them.

Collecting Karim Benzema's pass 30 yards out, Ronaldo took advantage of the time and space given to him by the defence to blast a shot into the top-right corner, the swerve on the ball making it totally unstoppable. It was one of three he scored that day at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

 

Real Madrid v Valencia: May 4, 2014

It was not enough to keep Madrid's title chase alive, but this was another goal that showcased Ronaldo's killer instinct and dexterity. 

In second-half injury time, with Valencia 2-1 ahead, Angel Di Maria volleyed over a cross from the left and Ronaldo swivelled to score a backheel volley and snatch a point.

 

Real Madrid v Espanyol: January 31, 2016

Although his game had become more refined from those buccaneering early days, Ronaldo showed here he was not quite done when it came to solo runs and spectacular finishes.

With Madrid already 3-0 up in what would prove to be a 6-0 thrashing, James Rodriguez's pass was deflected into Ronaldo's path and he did the rest, showing brilliant footwork to skip beyond three challenges before rifling home from the edge of the area with his left foot.

 

Hungary v Portugal: June 22, 2016

Portugal thrice fell behind to Hungary in Lyon during Euro 2016, and Ronaldo brought them level on the second occasion with a display of fine skill.

The captain added a deft flick with his trailing leg to Joao Mario's right-wing cross to make it 2-2, and he cancelled out Balazs Dzsudzsak's second with a double of his own. It was enough to send Portugal into the knockout stages and from there they claimed a maiden international title.

 

Juventus v Real Madrid: April 3, 2018

Arguably the finest goal Ronaldo has produced.

Moving away from goal as Dani Carvajal dug a cross towards the penalty spot from the right, the Portuguese rose into the air and connected with a stunning overhead kick. His leg was at a right angle to his body as he struck with the sweetest of volleys that flew past an idle Gianluigi Buffon.

Portugal v Spain: June 15, 2018

Having twice given his side the lead, Ronaldo found Portugal 3-2 down to their Iberian neighbours in their thrilling opener at the 2018 World Cup. 

While there was a sense of inevitability when he stood over an 88th minute free-kick, the execution was sheer perfection – power and dip combined to leave David de Gea with no chance.

 

Juventus v Manchester United: November 8, 2018

Another decorated Portuguese was celebrating at full-time when Jose Mourinho watched his Manchester United team complete a 2-1 comeback win.

But Ronaldo struck first with a sumptuous and technically brilliant strike, watching Leonardo Bonucci's raking ball over his shoulder to volley home.  

When the lights go out at Albert Park on March 21 next year, Mick Schumacher's Formula One career will begin in earnest.

The first race of 2021 will take place nine years after his legendary father Michael retired and 21 years and 364 days on from the seven-time champion debuting in the sport.

But it is not just because of his name that Schumacher has got his shot in F1 with Haas.

The 21-year-old won the Formula Three title in 2018, joined the Ferrari Driver Academy in 2019 and is on course to win the drivers' championship in Formula Two – he sits 14 points clear at the top of the standings with one round remaining.

He will hope to emulate his father's success at the Australian Grand Prix - a race he won a record four times - and outperform Romain Grosjean, who produced the best debut for Haas when he placed sixth in Melbourne in 2017.

Ahead of Schumacher's graduation to F1, we look at how other drivers from the Scuderia's academy fared in the series.

 

Jules Bianchi

Bianchi was the first recruit to the programme in 2009, signing up to a long-term deal with the Italian giants after impressing during a young drivers test in Jerez. The Frenchman was made Ferrari test driver in 2010, replacing a trio of veterans in the position with Giancarlo Fisichella, Luca Badoer and Marc Gene having previously fulfilled that function.

After driving in practice sessions for Force India in 2012, Bianchi landed his first F1 seat in 2013, driving for Marussia, and steered the struggling team to a top-10 finish at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. Bianchi was tragically killed at the Japanese Grand Prix later that year when his car collided with a recovery vehicle.

Sergio Perez

Perez was part of the academy at the same time as Bianchi and is now one of the most experienced drivers on the F1 grid, though his chances of securing a drive in 2021 appear minimal.

The Mexican was given a seat with Sauber only a year into his time with Ferrari and was released from the programme in 2012 after being snapped up by McLaren for the 2013 campaign.

He is in his seventh consecutive season with Racing Point, formerly known as Force India, and boasts nine podium finishes from his 189 starts. No one on the 2020 grid has started more races without picking up a victory.

Lance Stroll

Perez's team-mate at Racing Point is another academy graduate in the form of Stroll. Stroll was only 11 years old when he joined the programme in 2010 - the same year as Perez - and Williams spotted his potential when they took him on board as a test driver for 2016.

The Canadian won the F3 European Championship that year and was promoted to a race seat with Williams for the following campaign.

Stroll was unable to take a great chance to claim his first F1 win in Turkey after securing a maiden pole, but he will hope for more opportunities when Racing Point become the Aston Martin works team and he is joined by Sebastian Vettel in 2021.

Antonio Giovinazzi

Giovinazzi contested the first two races of 2017 for Sauber in the absence of the injured Pascal Wehrlein, but the seat the seat became his in 2019 and he could not have asked for better mentor to drive alongside, with Kimi Raikkonen - drivers' champion with Ferrari in 2007 - having returned to the team.

However, Giovinazzi struggled to 17th in the drivers' standings with Alfa Romeo and failed to build on a fifth-placed finish in the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix, collecting just four points in a 2020 campaign that failed to convince Ferrari he was a suitable candidate to replace Vettel in 2021.

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc is the example all young drivers in Ferrari's academy can aspire to, and proof that the system works.

The Monegasque driver tested for Haas and Sauber in his first two years on the programme and, after an impressive 10 top-10 finishes for the latter in his first full season on the grid, he was chosen by Ferrari to succeed Raikkonen.

That put Leclerc in a competitive car for 2019 despite only having a year of senior F1 experience under his belt and he delivered emphatically. He finished above team-mate Vettel in the drivers' championship as he won two races and racked up seven pole positions, more than any other driver.

He was rewarded with a new five-year contract and, despite a disappointing 2020 campaign for the Scuderia, will be their number one driver next season.

It is a path that Schumacher will no doubt be eager to follow.

Mick Schumacher will finally arrive in Formula One next year after agreeing a multi-year deal with Haas.

After a title win in Formula Three in 2018, Schumacher leads Formula Two this season and has earned a further promotion for 2021.

In making the leap to F1, Mick will follow in the footsteps of father Michael Schumacher, a seven-time champion.

The pair are far from the first family duo to dominate a sport, however.

Keke and Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg claimed his one and only F1 drivers' title in 2016 - a victory that marked a rare double in the sport. Father Keke clinched his own sole F1 crown driving for Williams in 1982.

Graham and Damon Hill

The Rosbergs joined Graham and Damon Hill as the only father-son duo to win the F1 title.

Graham, who died in a plane crash in 1975, won his two world titles with BRM and Lotus in the 1960s. Damon, meanwhile, completed the sport's first family double when he led Williams to the drivers' and constructors' championships in 1996.

Dale Earnhardt Sr and Jr

Dale Earnhardt Sr ranks among the greatest names in NASCAR history, sitting alongside Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson on a record seven championship titles.

Dale Jr followed his father into NASCAR and was competing in the Daytona 500 on the day Dale Sr was killed in a crash in the same race. The younger Earnhardt, whose half-brother Kerry was also a driver, finished third in the 2003 series - his best result to date.

Dale Sr was himself the son of a racing driver - Ralph Earnhardt.

Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning

Archie Manning set a fine example for sons Peyton and Eli, making his name at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints following a college career with the Ole Miss Rebels.

Peyton and Eli have surpassed their father's achievements, scoring two Super Bowl wins apiece. The former is regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, setting a league record for passing touchdowns (539) which Tom Brady and Drew Brees have each since topped.

Bobby and Barry Bonds

Three-time Gold Glove winner Bobby Bonds set a high bar for son Barry. Both enjoyed their greatest success with the San Francisco Giants, but Barry ultimately shone brightest.

The left fielder ended his career with eight Gold Glove Awards and 14 All-Star selections, having hit 762 home runs to earn a reputation as one of the all-time greats.

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel

Peter Schmeichel is regarded as one of the Premier League's greatest goalkeepers after winning five league titles, three FA Cups and the 1999 Champions League with Manchester United.

A tough act for Kasper to follow then, and he spent the bulk of his early career in the lower leagues, but he finally played his part in a story to rival any of his dad's successes when he helped Leicester City to a barely believable Premier League title in 2016.

Cesare, Paolo and Daniel Maldini

Between them, Cesare and Paolo Maldini won 11 Serie A titles and six European Cups with Milan, where the family name will be revered for eternity.

Each a former Rossoneri captain, the number three shirt that Paolo wore with distinction across 25 seasons at San Siro has been retired by Milan, who have vowed to only bring the number back into use if another Maldini family member makes the first team.

Indeed, Daniel, Paolo's son, is now in the first team but sports number 27 for now.

Andy and Owen Farrell

One the youngest player to ever win rugby league's Challenge Cup, the other the youngest player in English rugby union history when he made his debut.

Both Andy and Owen Farrell were 17 when they each entered the record books, with union star Farrell Jr - the England captain - well on the way to emulating his father's greatness in the 13-man code.

Regarded as one of union's best kickers, it is a Farrell family trait, given Andy's 3,000-plus points haul in 13 years with Wigan Warriors.

Muhammad and Laila Ali

The Greatest, Muhammad Ali remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion in history and his success in boxing is often transcended by his status as a role model for people across the world.

One of his nine children, Laila Ali followed her legendary father into the ring and enjoyed a fruitful career.

Retiring unbeaten in 24 fights, Laila was crowned WBC, WIBA, IWBF and IBA female super middleweight champion and IWBF light heavyweight champion in a fine eight-year spell in the sport.

It is crunch time in the Champions League as the group stage enters the penultimate round of fixtures.

Sevilla and Chelsea are already assured of football in Europe's top club competition in the new year, as are Juventus and Barcelona, but there is still plenty to be decided as teams jostle for position and players – including Cristiano Ronaldo – chase down individual records.

Paris Saint-Germain are among those whose fate hangs in the balance, while matchday five opponents Manchester United are still in need of a point.

We break down Wednesday's key matchday fixtures with the use of Opta data.

 

Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain: Tuchel's men seeking win at fortress Old Trafford

PSG are in desperate need of a positive result at Old Trafford and the omens are good for Thomas Tuchel's charges, with the away team winning all three previous European games between the sides.

However, Group H leaders United have won their last seven home matches in continental competiiton, scoring 24 goals and conceding only two – their best return since a run of 12 wins in a row ending in April 2008.

Ligue 1 champions PSG scored in 38 of their 39 matches since the start of 2016-17, netting an average of 2.4 goals per game, with Bayern Munich the only team to stop them scoring during that run in last season's final.

Sevilla v Chelsea: Blues out to end Spain pain

Sevilla and Chelsea have already qualified for the last 16 but a win for one of these sides will see them secure top spot in Group E. The hosts have not advanced as group winners since 2009-10 while Chelsea last did so in 2015-16.

Frank Lampard's side have won only one of their last 10 games against Spanish opponents in the Champions League and are winless in six such matches. Sevilla, meanwhile, are unbeaten in seven against English sides in European competition – they beat United in the Europa League semi-finals last term.

Sevilla are also without defeat after four group matches for the third time in the Champions League, having previously done so in 2009-10 and 2016-17, but never before have they begun a campaign with five unbeaten games.

 

Borussia Dortmund v Lazio: Sancho seeking another European goal

Anything other than defeat will send Dortmund through to the knockouts and history suggests there is a good chance of that happening.

In the three previous encounters between these sides in major European competition, the home side has always come out on top.

Lazio have won only one of their previous seven encounters away to German opposition – a 2-0 win against Stuttgart in the 2012-13 Europa League – while Dortmund are unbeaten in their last eight home Champions League group games.

Jadon Sancho has scored in his last two Champions League games and, at the age of 20 years and 252 days, he could become the second-youngest Englishman to score in three successive games in the competition after Alan Smith with Leeds United in 2000-01 (20y, 158d).

Ferencvaros v Barcelona: Koeman's men hungry for a clean sweep

A place in the last 16 already assured, Barcelona are now seeking a fifth straight win to begin a group-stage campaign for the first time since 2002-03, when they won six from six.

Barca have won all five of their previous encounters with Hungarian opposition, including a 5-1 victory in the reverse fixture, which was notable for being the only Champions League match ever to see two players aged under 18 to score (Ansu Fati and Pedri).

Fati has since been ruled out with a long-term injury, though Martin Braithwaite profited with two goals on his first start in the competition against Dynamo Kiev – not since David Villa in 2010 has a Barca player scored in their first two Champions League starts.

 

Juventus v Dynamo Kiev: Down-and-out Dynamo out to avoid Ronaldo repeat

Third place is the best Dynamo can hope for and they enter this match with just one win to their name in 12 Champions League games, losing the last two of those. Not since 2007-08 have they lost three or more on the spin.

Juve are battling with Barca for top spot and have lost only two of their 26 home group-stage matches, albeit with that defeat coming against the Catalan giants in October.

Ronaldo has scored three goals in two previous meetings with Dynamo in UEFA's flagship competition.

Should he score on Wednesday it will be 13 years and 25 days after his last goal against them, in 2007 – the longest gap between goals for one player against a single side.

Other fixtures:

Krasnodar v Rennes

1 – This will be Rennes' first away game against Russian opponents in European competition. Krasnodar have hosted French side twice previously, drawing 1-1 with Lille and beating Nice 5-2, both in the Europa League.

24 – The visitors have used 24 different players in the Champions League this season – only Barca (25) have used more – yet only one of them has registered a goal in their first four matches.


Club Brugge v Zenit

2 – Brugge won the reverse fixture against Zenit 2-1 but have only won home and away against the same opponent twice before in the group stage – against CSKA Moscow in 1992-93 and Rapid Vienna in 2005-06.

12 – The Belgian side are winless in their last 12 Champions League home games. Only Basel, who have failed to win any of their last 13, have a worse such record.


Istanbul Basaksehir v RB Leipzig 

1 – German teams have lost only one of their last 14 games against Turkish opposition in major European competition. However, that solitary loss was inflicted on Leipzig by Besiktas in their only previous such match in the Champions League.

5 – Leipzig have been awarded five penalties in the competition since the start of last season, behind only Chelsea (7). All five have been converted.

When Paris Saint-Germain step out at Old Trafford with their Champions League campaign on the line against Manchester United, the spotlight will fall on a familiar duo.

Despite his side's run to the 2019-20 final, Kylian Mbappe has not found the net in the competition since December last year against Galatasaray.

Two wins and two defeats from their four group stage games this time around means it would be the ideal time for the France forward to end that drought and point a clear path to the knockout stages.

Having come so close last time around, failure to get out of the group might be the final nail in Neymar's dream of bringing Champions League glory to the French capital.

However, the man who carries the greatest weight when it comes to the fortunes of Thomas Tuchel's side might just reside at the other end of the field.

Marquinhos stepping into Silva's shoes

Since the departure of long-serving captain Thiago Silva at the end of last season, Marquinhos appears increasingly crucial to PSG's prospects

Having taken the armband from his fellow Brazil international, the 26-year-old centre-back has shown he can be just as influential – most recently in last week's 1-0 win over RB Leipzig.

"Playing higher was also the plan against Leipzig but it was not possible," Tuchel said when pondering the potential tactical approach against United.

"If the game requires playing low, we have to provide answers on the pitch. That is why it was necessary to find defensive solutions against Leipzig."

Marquinhos was the man who came up with the answers more often than not, making three interceptions, seven recoveries and conceding a solitary foul over the course of the 90 minutes.

What happens to PSG when their skipper is not around this season is perhaps even more instructive.

He sat out the opening two games of the Ligue 1 season with coronavirus, with Tuchel's threadbare squad suffering back-to-back 1-0 losses versus Lens and Marseille.

Marquinhos' return sparked a run of eight consecutive victories domestically. He missed the 4-0 win over Nimes due to an adductor complaint, which also ruled him out of the 2-1 home reverse against United.

Either side of his heroics against Leipzig, Marquinhos looked on as PSG lost 3-2 at Monaco before being held to a 2-2 draw by Bordeaux last weekend.

Dominating from central areas

As well as being PSG's premier centre-back, over the past 18 months, Marquinhos has also made a strong case for being their best holding midfielder, presenting Tuchel with plenty to ponder before a game where stopping United's counter-attacking threat is likely to be vital.

"I'm not going to answer you now," he told reporters when asked which position Marquinhos would take up.

"This is also a question that [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer is very interested in, so I can't tell you."

Irrespective of which position is his most effective, something that can alter depending on the opponent, it is hard to escape the conclusion PSG have no way of adequately replacing Marquinhos' qualities when he is not around.

Mbappe and Neymar are unquestionably generational talents. But the likes of Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Julian Draxler have all produced match-winning brilliance during their time at the Parc des Princes.

In defence, Tuchel has the lavishly gifted Presnel Kimpembe, but the sense is that everything is far more likely to fall apart without Marquinhos' guiding hand.

Since the start of last season in the Champions League, his 28 tackles, 21 interceptions and 93 recoveries are the best of any PSG player, with only Kimpembe (41) and Silva (39) bettering his 38 clearances.

Over the same period, PSG have won 21 out of 26 matches in Ligue 1 with Marquinhos in the side, losing three. That win percentage of 80.8 falls to 69.2 in the 13 matches he has missed.

PSG also have three defeats in those games, set against nine wins and a draw. Their goals against per game climb slightly from 0.8 to 0.9 despite the smaller sample size.

This latest lap of the Neymar saga is likely to be enthralling, as Mbappe seeks to get his turbo-charged engine running once more. But perhaps another man holds the keys when it comes to PSG's ambitions of standing on the top step of the Champions League podium.

December 2 marks five years since Kylian Mbappe made his debut in Ligue 1.

Only 16 at the time, the forward came in the 88th minute of a 1-1 home draw with Caen, becoming Monaco's youngest player in history, breaking the record previously held by Thierry Henry.

Eight major club trophies (and a Trophee des Champions), a World Cup winners' medal and a reported €180million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain have followed since for a player already considered one of the greatest in the world even before his 22nd birthday later this month.

He can also make history on Wednesday if he finds the net in a key Champions League match for PSG against Manchester United...

COMPARED TO FRANCE...

Mbappe has established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Ligue 1 since his Monaco debut five years ago.

In 125 appearances in France's top flight, he has scored 89 goals and provided 33 assists, giving him at least seven more direct goal involvements than any other player in that time at an average of almost exactly one per match.

Since December 2, 2015, only former PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani (96) has scored more goals in Ligue 1 than Mbappe, while only Angel Di Maria (54) and Memphis Depay (36) have more assists.

Mbappe has managed 212 shots on target in his Ligue 1 career, at least 32 more than any other player in that time, while he sits third for attempted shots overall on 383 (behind Di Maria on 400 and Andy Delort on 414).

The 21-year-old has attempted 562 dribbles, a tally bettered only by Neymar (594), Florian Thauvin (622) and Allan Saint-Maximin (696). He is fifth for successful dribbles, his 272 behind those three players and Hatem Ben Arfa.

 

COMPARED TO EUROPE...

Across Europe's 'top five' leagues, Mbappe is 14th for goals since his Ligue 1 debut.

Only eight players have scored more than 100 league goals in that time, with Lionel Messi top on 158, ahead of Robert Lewandowski (143) and Cristiano Ronaldo (137).

For combined goals and assists, Mbappe (122) is ninth among Europe's elite, six short of eighth-placed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (128). Again, Messi is top by a distance (227), above Luis Suarez (177) and Ronaldo (171).

 

KYLIAN IN THE NAME OF

Mbappe made history in February 2019 when, against Nimes, he became the youngest player to reach 50 Ligue 1 goals in the past 70 seasons (at the age of 20 years, two months and three days).

In that 2018-19 season, Mbappe scored 33 league goals, becoming the top-scoring French player for PSG in a single campaign and the leading French goalscorer in a Ligue 1 season in the 21st century.

Last October, Mbappe broke Messi's record to become the youngest player to score 15 Champions League goals at the age of 20 years and 306 days. Erling Haaland has since achieved the feat at a younger age.

If he scores against United at Old Trafford, Mbappe will reach 100 goals for PSG in all competitions. It will also be his first goal in the tournament in 2020.

There was more grace, guile, poise and potency about Joao Felix than there was about any of Real Madrid's players on Tuesday.

Soon after Zinedine Zidane's troubled side were traipsing off the pitch in Kiev, reeling from a 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk that could spell the end of a 23-year run in the Champions League knockouts, Atletico Madrid and their Portuguese star were showing why they are LaLiga's best bet for the tournament in 2020-21.

Two years ago, Real Madrid won their third Champions League in a row, their own imperious Portuguese number seven at the head of a team that, if outplayed, would never be outfought, and would always have their talisman to bail them out of trouble.

There is still a team in the Spanish capital like that, but now it is one bedecked in red and white.

Atleti could not hold onto their lead against Champions League holders Bayern Munich, but Tuesday's 1-1 draw was still a positive enough result. Avoid defeat on matchday six in Salzburg, and Diego Simeone's side will be into the last 16. Unlike their city rivals, it's still in their hands.

Perhaps more importantly, the game at the Wanda Metropolitano was another showcase of Felix's growing influence. The young man who looked a €126million misfit last season is fast becoming Atleti's heartbeat.

This was far from the Bayern side that thrashed Atleti 4-0 on matchday one, that had won 15 Champions League matches in a row. Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski were rested; there was no Kingsley Coman, no Joshua Kimmich or Alphonso Davies, and Thomas Muller, whose penalty snatched a point, was a second-half substitute.

That should not detract from Felix's display, or the daunting fact that there is still more to come. The 21-year-old offered flashes of brilliance that showcased all of his best talents: an impudent backheel out of the air to set up a Yannick Carrasco shot, a graceful bit of juggling to spark a counter-attack, a thunderous shot that crashed off the crossbar.

There was also the darting run and composed finish to break the deadlock in the first half. He has now scored seven goals in seven starts for Atleti, as many as in his previous 29.

Felix at last looks a young man ready and willing to be Atletico's focal point. No player had more shots (three) or created more chances (two) in the match, while only Koke – reborn this season under Simeone – attempted more passes in the attacking half.

Felix also contested six aerial duels, more than anyone else, and won back possession four times. Not bad going for one of the smallest, slightest players on the pitch, and one previously decried as an expensive square peg in Simeone's unyielding system.

Atleti might not be certain of progressing but, unlike Madrid, they are at least moving forward. It's Felix who is lighting their way, and showing Zidane the very thing he is missing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows Erling Haaland's rapid rise means his days as the top-scoring Norwegian in Champions League history are numbered. 

Manchester United boss Solskjaer coached Haaland when he was a teenager at Molde in their homeland. 

Since moving first to Salzburg and then Borussia Dortmund, Haaland has exploded onto European football's biggest stage. 

Dortmund entertain Lazio on Wednesday, with Haaland already on 16 Champions League goals. 

Solskjaer, who famously netted a stoppage-time winner for United in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich, will take charge of the Red Devils against Paris Saint-Germain this week and remains full of admiration for his young compatriot. 

"He'll beat it and very quickly that’s for sure," he told reporters, referring to his own tally of 19 goals in the competition. 

"The boy has had a great start to his career. It was really good to work with him and to see the potential in him and some parts of me feel proud to have a little bit of an input in such a rise. 

"I'm sure Erling will score loads of goals in the Champions League."

Haaland is the third-highest scoring player from Norway in the Champions League, with ex-Valencia and Lyon striker John Carew next in his sights on 18. 

However, the time in which the 20-year-old has amassed his tally is remarkable, as he dwarfs his countrymen when it comes to goals per minute. 

Solskjaer, who famously made a habit out of goalscoring cameos from the bench, got his 19 Champions League goal at a rate of one every 189 minutes, while Carew's ratio was one per 218 minutes. 

Haaland launched his Champions League career with a hat-trick when Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2 last September. His scoring frequency has barely let up since, with his 16 tallying at one every 56 minutes. 

Since that incredible maiden outing, only Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski has scored more in the competition - a haul of 18 during that period playing a big part in the Bundesliga giants' march to glory last season. 

Lewandowski and Haaland are very much out on their own, with the former's Bayern colleague Serge Gnabry next on nine goals - four of which arrived during a 7-2 thumping of Tottenham. 

First with Atletico Madrid and now with Juventus, Alvaro Morata has managed eight Champions League goals since Haaland's debut, while Timo Werner and Karim Benzema join Manchester City duo Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on seven. 

Lionel Messi is one of seven players on six goals during the period in question, while Cristiano Ronaldo has five. 

In terms of minutes-per-goal, Haaland is only bettered by Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, with the England international's total of five arriving at a rate of one every 50.4 minutes - a return bolstered by his hat-trick against RB Leipzig last month. 

The Dortmund youngster's reputation as a dead-eyed finisher is certainly well-earned, too. 

Morata (47 per cent) is the only player with six or more goals to boast a better shot conversion rate than Haaland's 44.4 - outstripping Lewandowski's 32.7 per cent. 

If he does beat Solskjaer's mark "very quickly" it will be entirely consistent with Haaland's career to date, which is in a gloriously prolific hurry.

In 2019, Derrick Henry put together a remarkable rushing season to propel the Tennessee Titans to the playoffs, where they made an unlikely run to the AFC Championship game.

After an instrumental performance in Tennessee's 45-26 win over their AFC South rivals the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12, Henry looks primed to carry the Titans deep into the postseason again and finish 2020 with an even more impressive statistical campaign.

Henry racked up 178 yards and three touchdowns as the Titans moved into first place in the division with five games still to play.

Last year, Henry won the rushing title with a league-leading 1,540 yards on the ground. He was also first in touchdowns (16) and rushing yards per game (102.7).

After his heroics at Lucas Oil Stadium, Henry has 1,257 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns and 114.3 rushing yards per game.

Henry, therefore, is on pace to significantly outperform what he did last season and, while he is unlikely to come close to the 2,000-yard seasons that rank among the best running back campaigns of all time, his efforts against Indianapolis were still historic.

The former Alabama star became the fourth player in NFL history with three games with at least 175 rushing yards and three touchdowns in his first five seasons, joining a list that features Jim Brown (five games), LaDainian Tomlinson (three) and Adrian Peterson (three).

Additionally, Henry now has reached 100 rushing yards in eight consecutive road games. That is tied with Chris Johnson for the second-longest streak in NFL history behind only Barry Sanders, who had 10 between 1996 and 1997.

Henry has achieved these feats running behind an offensive line that lost its starting left tackle Taylor Lewan and his backup Ty Sambrailo to serious injuries.

And a deeper dive into the numbers from Sunday suggest Henry's display was not just a product of impressive blocking from the offensive line but a reflection of how his remarkable size and speed makes him near impossible to stop.

According to the NFL's NextGen Stats, Henry averaged 7.7 yards per rush attempt on runs outside the offensive tackles. He had 146 of his 178 yards on such runs.

Few running backs of Henry's 6ft 3in and 247-pound frame have the speed to get to the edge of defenses and pick up significant yardage so consistently, and the extra value Henry added was also reflected by his performance in rush yards over expected (RYOE).

RYOE measures the difference between a player's rushing yards on a run or series of runs and the yards he was anticipated to gain.

In the win over the Colts, Henry averaged 1.19 RYOE per attempt, the eighth-highest average in the league through Sunday and third-highest among backs to receive at least 20 carries.

His season-long RYOE per attempt average of 0.7 yards is eighth in the league but the evidence from Week 12 indicates that is set to improve.

With three successive 100-yard games and four in his past five appearances, Henry is picking up steam at exactly the right time, his form sending an ominous warning to Tennessee's rivals in the AFC.

The NFL equivalent of a freight train, Henry is the undoubted focal point of a talented Tennessee offense. If he maintains the level of play he demonstrated in Week 12, the Titans will be extremely difficult to derail.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes enjoyed a record-breaking November.

The 2018 NFL MVP produced another dominant performance as Super Bowl champions the Chiefs overcame the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

As the Chiefs improved to 10-1, Mahomes completed a magical November. This month, he completed 132 of 181 passes for 1,598 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception.

As per Stats Perform, Mahomes averaged 399.5 passing yards per game in November. That is the most passing yards per game by any quarterback in a single month in NFL history (minimum four games played).

Tyreek Hill caught three touchdown passes against the Buccaneers. Of Mahomes' 14 in November, eight were to Hill.

We take a look at Mahomes' month.

November 1 v New York Jets

Unsurprisingly, the Jets were no match for Mahomes and the Chiefs at the start of the month.

Mahomes went 31 of 42 for 416 yards and five touchdown passes in a 35-9 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

He connected twice with Hill, throwing at least five TD passes in a game for the first time since late 2018.

November 8 v Carolina Panthers

Challenged by the Panthers, the Chiefs did enough to record a 33-31 win.

With the Chiefs leading 20-17 entering the fourth quarter, the teams traded touchdowns, with Mahomes twice finding Hill.

He finished with four touchdown passes, having completed 30 of 45 for 372 yards.

November 22 v Las Vegas Raiders

Seeking some revenge following their only loss of the season in October, the Chiefs found it thanks to Mahomes.

They looked set for another defeat when Derek Carr found Jason Witten with a one-yard TD pass with less than two minutes remaining to put the Raiders ahead.

But Mahomes led a seven-play, 75-yard drive in 75 seconds, completing it with a 22-yard pass to Travis Kelce to lift the Chiefs to a 35-31 victory.

Mahomes completed 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

November 29 v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mahomes stepped up again as the Chiefs held off the Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday.

He completed 37 of 49 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns, outshining Tom Brady as the Chiefs improved to 10-1.

Only once – against the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 – has Mahomes had more passing yards in a game, finishing that contest with 478.

Hill was the star with 269 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the Chiefs holding on against Brady's Tampa Bay.

A point gained, or two lost? Both Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Tottenham counterpart Jose Mourinho felt their teams could have won a London derby that was big on pre-match hype but lacking in clear-cut chances.

"That was a game where we respected them and they respected us," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the Stamford Bridge stalemate. A little too much respect, perhaps.

The Premier League title hopefuls combined to manage four shots on target in a quickly forgettable contest that, like a loaf missing yeast, failed to rise.

Lampard, meanwhile, reflected on a game where his team had the "handbrake a tiny bit up", even if a seventh clean sheet in nine outings shows they have some momentum to work with while parked nicely in third place in the table.

One of the few openings came Chelsea's way as the capital clash neared a welcome conclusion, substitute Olivier Giroud not converting in added time when up against fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris.

Tammy Abraham watched on from the home bench as the man who had replaced him proved unable to grab a late winner. Abraham had moments to make a mark on proceedings before being replaced, only to fluff his lines on the big stage.

There were a pair of inviting crosses from Reece James in the second half that were missed, while another delivery from Timo Werner – playing from the left in a front three – went begging.

It summed up a frustrating outing for Abraham, whose 79 minutes on the pitch included four shots – none of which hit the target – along with 14 passes (he completed just 57 per cent of them) and 27 touches, a number only one better than his own team's goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.

The England international was a key figure in a successful first campaign under Lampard, scoring 15 league goals, but such exploits only lead to increased expectations.

As former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pointed out during Sky Sports' post-match coverage, the bar has been raised. If 2019-20 felt like a free swing for Lampard and his young squad, that early promise, coupled with substantial investment in the squad, has increased the pressure on all at the club.

"He has to improve in those moments. He did ever so well last year when he came in, for half of the season he was a breath of fresh air, scored a lot of goals," Hasselbaink said of Abraham, who has started four games in a row in the league.

"Second half of the season he had it tough, but it's normal because he's a young boy, but this season he needs to step up. With his stature, his ability, he should do better and score more goals and score more important goals."

Abraham has three league goals so far in 2020-21, averaging one every 182 minutes. That compares unfavourably to last season, when he managed to score every 148 minutes.

When it comes to big chances, the numbers are trending in the right direction. Last term he missed 22 such opportunities, but he has converted two of the four that have come his way so far in this campaign.

Yet it is perhaps not too surprising that Abraham did not capitalise on James' delicious deliveries against Spurs, having scored just four of his 18 top-flight goals from crosses. Still, such openings cannot afford to be passed up now that the spotlight is more intense, both due to Werner's arrival from RB Leipzig and amid talk of a title tilt.

"Sometimes I wonder if he watches clips of himself after the game, because sometimes his movement can be better, his hold-up can be better. He needs to keep on improving," Hasselbaink - who scored 69 times in the Premier League during his Chelsea career - added.

Lampard was rewarded for showing faith in Abraham in his first year; now the striker must push on if he wants to make sure he is not left behind.

As the NFL season reaches its business end, the San Francisco 49ers are a team without a home.

Saturday saw the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announce new directives aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus amid a surge of cases.

They prohibit sports at all levels that "involve physical contact or close proximity to persons outside one's household, including all contact sports".

Those measures will remain in place for at least three weeks, during which time the 49ers have home games with the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Football Team scheduled to take place at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

San Francisco finish the season with a home game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 3, but it appears likely that game will also take place elsewhere.

It is another headache for the reigning NFC champions in a miserable season in which they are 4-6 having seen their roster decimated by injury.

But just where will they play their remaining home fixtures? Here we assess some realistic, and some outlandish, potential alternatives.

Arizona/out of state

Let's get the most likely, and most depressing alternative, out of the way first.

Reports suggest that State Farm Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals, has emerged as the favourite to take on the Niners as temporary tenants.

The 49ers are said to want to play in an NFL stadium and Arizona would be practical as it is relatively nearby and San Francisco and the Cardinals never play at home on the same day.

It appears the 49ers will be temporarily bubbling up in an out-of-state location where restrictions are looser. If the Niners do fade completely from playoff contention, then it may be fitting for them to round off a season they will want to forget in a hurry by playing out the string at the home of another team.

Oakland Coliseum

Providing Alameda County, of which is Oakland is part, does not introduce the same measures as Santa Clara, the Coliseum could be considered the leader in the clubhouse among the realistic California options.

It hosted NFL football as recently as last year as the Raiders played their final season in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas, so would likely be the easiest local stadium to get ready in time.

California Memorial Stadium

The home of the California Golden Bears also resides in the East Bay in Alameda County. The Bears have only one more home game scheduled in the 2020 college football season, so logistically this 98-year-old venue could work as a solution.

Oracle Park

The 49ers actually playing in San Francisco? What a concept.

Oracle Park, home of MLB's San Francisco Giants, will remain free until April and has previously played host to college football bowl games.

The size of the field may be an issue that prevents a move to Willie Mays Plaza from being a realistic option, but the prospect of the Niners playing at one of the most spectacular ballparks in MLB is a fun one to think about.

Kezar Stadium

Let's get nostalgic.

There is no chance of the 49ers moving back to their original home, nestled within the picturesque grounds of Golden Gate Park.

Gone are the days when Kezar could hold close to 60,000 people. Today it hosts USL soccer and high school football and would be ill-equipped to accommodate two NFL teams and the television equipment needed to broadcast games.

But in a season that has brought the 49ers little reason for celebration, a return to where it all started would allow them the chance to finish it off with a unique experience.

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