Man United, Actual Madrid may bow out in pivotal week


The Champions League group stage has reached its climax, with seven locations within the spherical of 16 nonetheless up for grabs.

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The essential motion is available in Group H as Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig battle it out for the 2 locations, whereas Borussia Monchengladbach, Inter Milan, Actual Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk are in a titanic battle in Group B.

With that in thoughts, we run you thru all of the motion forward of what guarantees to be one other unpredictable, dramatic week of Champions League motion. Who will seal their locations within the knockout phases?

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Wednesday’s matches: A | B | C | D
Tuesday’s matches: E | F | G | H

Standings: Bayern (13 pts), Atletico Madrid (6 pts), FC Salzburg (4 pts), Lokomotiv Moscow (3 pts)

Bayern Munich are via as group winners however second place is up for grabs. If Atletico Madrid keep away from defeat in opposition to FC Salzburg, they undergo, but when Salzburg win in Austria then it is Jesse Marsch’s group who will progress.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Reigning champions Bayern Munich are already via as group winners so coach Hansi Flick could decide to rotate his squad following their 3-3 draw with RB Leipzig on the weekend. English wunderkind Jamal Musiala scored alongside a brace from Thomas Muller in opposition to Leipzig leaving Bayern on the high of the Bundesliga. They’ve Javi Martinez, Alphonso Davies, Jerome Boateng, Lucas Hernandez and Joshua Kimmich all out injured however ought to have an excessive amount of for Lokomotiv.

Lokomotiv could but want a lead to Munich to safe a spot within the Europa League and can take coronary heart from their 3-1 win over Rubin Kazan on the weekend the place Vladislav Ignatyev scored twice. They’ve Mikhail Lysov, Dmitri Barinov, Daniil Kulikov, Ze Luis and Feder Smolov all out injured.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Each Salzburg and Atletico have a shot at reaching the knockouts, with the Austrians needing to beat Diego Simeone’s aspect to undergo. Jesse Marsch’s Salzburg suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Flyeralarm Admira on the weekend however will hope for extra of the identical from their final Champions League match the place they gained 3-1 at Lokomotiv. Antoine Bernede misses out via damage whereas Noah Okafor is a doubt.

Atletico beat Actual Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday with Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente scoring. They’ve conceded simply two objectives in 10 La Liga video games so Salzburg may have it powerful to get via the Atletico defence. Simeone’s aspect might be with out Yannick Carrasco, Jose Gimenez and Diego Costa however might be favourites to undergo.



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Standings: Borussia Monchengladbach (8 pts), Shakhtar Donetsk (7 pts), Actual Madrid (7 pts), Inter (5 pts)

That is all to play for. All 4 groups can progress: Gladbach must keep away from defeat to undergo, whereas Actual Madrid must beat the German aspect to qualify. Shakhtar must beat Inter to maintain destiny of their arms, whereas Inter must win and hope for something aside from a draw within the different sport.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group is fantastically poised with all 4 groups nonetheless hopeful of gate-crashing the knockout phases.

Internazionale will undergo to the knockouts in the event that they beat Shakhtar Donetsk and the Actual-Borussia match doesn’t finish in a draw. They gained 3-1 on Saturday in opposition to Bologna with Romelu Lukaku scoring and Achraf Hakimi grabbing a brace. Aleksandar Kolarov and Matias Vecino are unavailable.

Shakhtar will progress in the event that they win in Milan and journey with loads of confidence having gained 5-1 over Mynai on the weekend with Fernando, Manor Solomon and Mykola Matviyenko all scoring alongside a pair of personal objectives. Shakhtar drew 0-0 with Inter first trip, and might be with out Ismaily, Viktor Kornienko, Yevgen Konoplyanaka and Junior Moraes. Inter ought to have an excessive amount of for the guests right here.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Actual Madrid’s topsy-turvy season continued with a 1-0 win at Sevilla win on the weekend, due to a Yassine Bounou own-goal, however the strain’s on Zinedine Zidane’s aspect to get a outcome in opposition to the spectacular Borussia Monchengladbach. Sergio Ramos may play whereas Dani Carvajal has trainedm however Eden Hazard, Martin Odegaard and Federico Valverde will all miss out.

Gladbach drew 2-2 at Freiburg on Saturday with Breel Embolo and Alassane Plea scoring. They misplaced to Inter Milan within the final spherical, however know they might want a draw to undergo. Jonas Hofmann and Ramy Bensebaini will each miss out for Marco Rose’s aspect however there’s a slim probability Nico Elvedi returns. We expect Zidane will pull this one out of the hat and Madrid will progress.

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Standings: Man Metropolis (13 pts), FC Porto (10 pts), Olympiakos (3 pts), Marseille (3 pts)

Man Metropolis and FC Porto are already via whereas Olympiakos and Marseille are competing for the Europa League spot.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Pep Guardiola’s aspect are via as group winners so anticipate some rotation in opposition to Andre Villas-Boas’ group. Metropolis noticed off Fulham on the weekend 2-0 due to objectives from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, leaving Metropolis sixth within the Premier League. They’ve Sergio Aguero nonetheless out injured however Guardiola’s group ought to see off Marseille.

Marseille might be hoping to get a lead to Manchester to guide a spot within the Europa League and can journey over the Channel buoyed by their 2-0 win at Nimes on Friday. Dario Benedetto and Valere Germain each scored of their Ligue 1 victory and Villas-Boas solely has winger Nemanja Radonjic absent.


Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Like Marseille, Olympiakos might be gunning for third and qualification to the Europa League and gained 4-1 in opposition to Volos in Tremendous League Greece on Saturday. Youssef El-Arabi grabbed a hat trick in that snug win, and they’ll fancy their possibilities in opposition to Porto on Wednesday. Veteran midfielder Mathieu Valbuena misses out via damage.

FC Porto drew with Metropolis final trip and edged previous Tondela on the weekend in a 4-3 thriller. That they had Mateus Uribe despatched off late on, however moved third within the Primeira Liga due to Moussa Marega’s double and different objectives from Zaidu Sanusi and Mehdi Taremi. Ivan Marcano and Pepe each miss out. We expect this may finish in a draw with Olympiakos taking third spot.

Standings: Liverpool (12 pts), Ajax (8 pts), Atalanta (7 pts), FC Midtjylland (1 pts)

Liverpool are via as group winners whereas Ajax and Atalanta face one another for the second spot. If Atalanta keep away from defeat in Amsterdam, they undergo.


Wednesday, 12:55 p.m. ET / 5:55 p.m. GMT

Danish champions FC Midtjylland will end on the foot of Group D whereas Liverpool head into the knockouts as group winners so hopefully this’ll result in an expansive, end-to-end match. Midtjylland gained 2-0 at Vejle BK on Saturday with Erik Sviatchenko and Alexander Scholz scoring. Liverpool breezed previous Wolves 4-0 on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp juggling his squad with precision. Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip all scored, alongside a Nelson Semedo personal objective, however anticipate Klopp to shuffle his pack once more for Wednesday’s journey to Denmark.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez stay long-term absentees whereas James Milner can be sidelined, however Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita returned of their win over Wolves. Liverpool ought to have an excessive amount of for the hosts.


Wednesday, 12:55 p.m. ET / 5:55 p.m. GMT

This might be one of many video games of Matchday 6 with every thing on the road as Atalanta journey to Ajax. If Atalanta keep away from defeat, they will undergo to the knockout phases however a win for Ajax will see them leapfrog the Italians into second.

Ajax suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at dwelling to Twente on Saturday with Dusan Tadic’s second-half penalty not sufficient to earn a degree, in order that they’ll hope to fare higher in opposition to Gian Piero Gasperini’s aspect. Noussair Mazraoui, David Neres and Mohammed Kudus are all more likely to be unavailable.

Atalanta’s match at Udinese on the weekend was known as off because of a waterlogged pitch so their earlier match was the 1-1 draw at dwelling to Midtjylland final week. Mattia Caldara and Robin Gosens will each miss out. We expect this may finish in a draw, with Atalanta going via.

Standings: Chelsea (13 pts), Sevilla (10 pts), Krasnodar (4 pts), Rennes (1 pt)

This group is already sorted: Chelsea undergo as winners, Sevilla as runners-up and Krasnodar are within the Europa League.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Chelsea will high Group E and impressed on the weekend of their 3-1 win over Leeds with objectives from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic. Giroud now has 5 in two, following his four-goal haul in opposition to Sevilla, and Hakim Ziyech is Chelsea’s solely injured participant.

Krasnodar swiped apart Rotor 5-0 on the weekend due to braces from Ari and Viktor Claesson, and one other objective from Magomed Suleymanov. They’re already safe in third spot on this group. They are going to be with out Dmitri Stotskiy and Sergey Petrov and can do effectively to get something out of this journey to Stamford Bridge.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group’s standings are cemented with Rennes ending fourth, and Sevilla going via as runners-up. Rennes’ Champions League marketing campaign has been disappointing they usually fell to a 2-0 defeat at dwelling to Lens on the weekend to go away them ninth in Ligue 1. Supervisor Julien Stephan mentioned afterwards he was involved by the group’s “unfavourable spiral” and mentioned they need to behave like they’re in a “battle in opposition to relegation.” Rennes have quite a lot of damage considerations with Daniele Rugani, Jonas Martin, Nayef Aguerd, Serhou Guirassy, Martin Terrier and Alfred Gomis all absent.

Sevilla misplaced 1-0 at dwelling to Actual Madrid on the weekend and have Marcos Aruna, Sergio Escudero, Munir and Tomas Vaclik all injured whereas Jesus Navas and Joan Jordan are rested. However they’re already via in second and may get a lead to France.

Standings: Dortmund (10 pts), Lazio (9 pts), Membership Brugge (7 pts), Zenit (1 pt)

Borussia Dortmund are via however want a win to cement high spot. The winner of Lazio-Membership Brugge will undergo as runners-up with a draw sufficient for the Serie A aspect.


Tuesday, 12.55 p.m. ET / 5.55 p.m. GMT

Something aside from defeat will see Lazio via they usually’ll hope to hold momentum into Tuesday’s sport from their 2-1 win over Spezia on Saturday. Ciro Motionless grabbed his tenth of the season alongside one other from the extremely gifted Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Senad Lulic and Vedat Muriqi are each unavailable for Tuesday’s match however we anticipate Lazio to complete this group with a victory.

Membership Brugge edged previous Sint-Truiden 1-0 on Saturday due to David Okereke’s second-half objective. They beat Zenit 3-0 final trip and have a completely match squad for the journey to Rome.


Tuesday, 12.55 p.m. ET / 5.55 p.m. GMT

Zenit hammered Ural Yekaterinburg 5-1 on Saturday within the Russian Premier League with Sardar Azmoun scoring a hat trick alongside objectives from Artem Dzyuba and Douglas Santos. Dejan Lovren is out injured and can miss Tuesday’s sport.

Borussia Dortmund are struggling for objectives with out the injured Erling Haaland and wanted an excellent effort from Gio Reyna to seize a draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund are already via to the spherical of 16 and can wish to end high of the group however should do it with out Manuel Akanji, Raphael Guerreiro, Thomas Delaney, Marcel Schmelzer and Haaland. We will see this ending all-square.

Standings: Barcelona (15 pts), Juventus (12 pts), Dynamo Kiev (1 pt), Ferencvaros (1 pt)

Barcelona are within the driving seat and can hold high spot in the event that they keep away from defeat by three objectives (or two objectives, if the rating is 3-1 or increased) in opposition to Juventus. Dynamo Kiev must keep away from defeat in opposition to Ferencvaros to get the Europa League spot.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This can be a tantalising battle between two European giants for the highest spot in Group G – and we’re all hoping to see Lionel Messi up in opposition to Cristiano Ronaldo. However Barcelona head into this conflict off the again of spectacular European kind, however a dismal efficiency within the league as they misplaced 2-1 to Cadiz on Saturday. Ronald Koeman has rotated Messi of their final two European video games and he ought to begin however Barcelona’s damage record is ever-lengthening with Ousmane Dembele out with a hamstring damage. Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto are all long-term absentees whereas Ronald Araujo ought to come again into the aspect.

Juventus want a victory to high Group G and edged previous native rivals Torino on the weekend in Serie A, profitable 2-1 due to objectives from Weston McKennie and Leonardo Bonucci. They sit fourth within the Italian high flight and might be with out veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and defenders Merih Demiral and Giorgio Chiellini. Nothing will separate these sides on Tuesday night.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This can be a battle for the Europa League spot, which Dynamo Kiev will take in the event that they keep away from defeat. Dynamo beat Mariupol 2-1 on the weekend due to objectives from Denys Harmash and Viktor Tsyhankov, whereas Ferencvaros gained at Diosgyori 3-1. Dynamo might be with out Oleksandr Tymchyk, Nazariy Rusyn, Mikkel Duelund, Mykyta Burda and Volodymyr Kostevych whereas Ferencvaros are at full-strength.

Standings: Man United (9 pts), PSG (9 pts), RB Leipzig (9 pts), Istanbul Basaksehir (3 pts)

PSG, Manchester United and RB Leipzig are all tied on 9 factors. A draw will see PSG via. Manchester United exit in the event that they lose, however want a degree at Leipzig to undergo. Leipzig realistically must beat United to undergo.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

This group is evenly poised with three groups all in with a shout of getting via to the knockout phases.

PSG know a win over Istanbul Basaksehir will see them guide their spot within the spherical of 16 they usually gained 3-1 at Montpellier on Saturday due to objectives from Colin Dagba, Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappe. Juan Bernat will miss out via damage, whereas Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Pablo Sarabia are additionally doubts, however Thomas Tuchel will possible recall Neymar to the beginning line-up.

Basaksehir misplaced 4-3 to Leipzig on Matchday 5, and drew 1-1 at Yani Malatyaspor on Saturday with Giuliano de Paula scoring. Martin Skrtel is suspended whereas Basaksehir may even be with out Boli Bolingoli, Alexandru Epureanu, Mehmet Topal and Ifran Kahveci. PSG ought to win this comfortably.


Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT

Manchester United must keep away from defeat in Leipzig to undergo, whereas Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect might be on the lookout for revenge having misplaced the return sport 5-0 at Previous Trafford.

Leipzig are taking part in some great soccer in the mean time and induced Bayern Munich all types of issue of their 3-3 draw on Saturday. Christopher Nkunku, Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg all scored in opposition to Bayern however Nagelsmann’s aspect might be with out Benjamin Henrichs, Hwang Hee-Chan, Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer for Tuesday’s match, whereas Dayot Upamecano is suspended.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United got here from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham on Saturday due to objectives from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. They are going to be with out suspended Fred, who noticed pink in opposition to PSG of their 3-1 defeat final week, whereas Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Phil Jones are all absent. David de Gea stays uncertain with Dean Henderson readily available to deputise in objective. We expect this may finish in a win for Leipzig.



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