The continental showpiece resumes today after a 3-week break, and so many fates will be decided today and tomorrow as all 32 teams do battle for needed points.
The fixtures are below:
CSKA Moscow v B. Leverkusen
Monaco v Tottenham
B. Dortmund v Legia Warsaw
Sporting Lisbon v Real Madrid
FC Copenhagen v FC Porto
Leicester City v Club Brugge
Dinamo Zagreb v Lyon
Sevilla v Juventus
Arsenal v Paris Saint Germain
Ludogorets Razgrad v FC Basel
Besiktas v Benfica
Napoli v Dynamo Kiev
B. Monchengladbach v M. City
Celtic v Barcelona
FC Rostov v Bayern Munich
Atlético Madrid v PSV
In Tuesday’s first game, Group E bottommost team Moscow, host the 2nd placed in Russia, and the hosts, though out of competition already, will hope to win the game and perhaps have a chance to play in the Europa League round of 16.
3rd place Tottenham will however have to prevent that from happening only with a win against Monaco in France. The EPL side are in a very tight spot when they face the table leaders.
A win for Dortmund over Warsaw at the Signal Iduna Park will see them maintain their leadership of Group F. However, it would mean the end of the road for the Polish side who have picked up just a point in 4 games.
Anything less than all 3 points against Lisbon and Madrid can forget about having a chance to top the group. But even if they qualify as the group’s runners-up eventually, they are far from being pushovers for any prospective group leader that gets drawn against them in the next rounds.
In Group G, Leicester need just a point against the pointless Club Brugge to be guaranteed of a spot in the rounds of 16, while Porto can still pip the EPL champs to the top spot if they manage to get the better of Copenhagen at Denmark. Then, we could have a final day cracker on our hands in the group.
Group H’s race for its eventual leader goes down between Sevilla and Juventus. Definitely, the biggest clash of the night, and Lyon would hope the results go their way as a win for Juve will signal the end of their European campaign. The Ligue 1 must also win their clash against the pointless Dinamo Zagreb to have a chance.
Tomorrow, Group A’s top of the table clash between Arsenal and PSG is a must-watch. Both have 10 points after 3 wins and a draw that came against themselves, and Arsenal must get all 3 points if they are to establish themselves as group toppers.
The Ludogorets Razgrad FC Basel clash is an Europa League round of 16 qualifier.
The tightest group of the Champions League sure has a lot of anticipation up for grabs when the members clash. Napoli currently top Group B, but will need to win against Kiev first and in their next game to confirm that status.
Benfica and Besiktas too both have a chance to emerge top of the group, so whichever wins at Turkey on Wednesday evening will need just one more win.
In Group C, Manchester City must get all 3 points at Germany when they come up against Monchenglabach if they are to be assured of qualifying for the next rounds.
In the other game, a win or draw for Barcelona will mean a sure spot in the next rounds, but they would need to pick up all 3 points now and on matchday 6 to finish as leaders.
A win for Atletico against PSV and they sure will almost confirm themselves as Group D leaders, as it will take an empathic loss to Bayern on the final matchday in the group fixtures to see them lose that spot.
Meanwhile, the Germans have to pick up a win against Rostov in a cold evening at Russia to have any slightest of chance of topping the group eventually.