UEFA Champions League: United seek to confirm progress, Leipzig and Napoli hope for miracles

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Looks like it’s time to close the book on the Champions League group stage, as we enter the final round of matches before 16 teams proceed to the next phase in the new year, and 16 others wave us goodbye.

For Napoli, the aim is to be one of the first 16, as they visit Group F’s bottom club, the pointless Dutch side Feyenoord. A win here, and Maurizio Sarri’s team will find themselves in the next round should Shakhtar lose against Manchester City, although coming into this game on the back of that league defeat to Juventus on Friday wouldn’t have been the best tonic for the Italians.

Another side hoping to find a path to the next round are Germans Leipzig, the Corporate-owned side are level on points with Porto in Group G, but are in third place by virtue of a worse head-to-head record between both teams. They host Besiktas, who have already qualified in top spot, and can go through if they better Porto’s result against Monaco.

In Group A, Manchester United still haven’t booked their place in the next round, despite winning four out of five game. This is because the two sides below are both on nine points, but a point at home to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday will be enough for not just progress, but the top spot as well. And given that the Red Devils are unbeaten in 39 home games, a point would be the least United expect to get.

In Group C, Atletico are lying on the brink of elimination. After three draws and one defeat in their first four games, they finally managed a win on Matchday five against Roma, which means they’ll go through should they win and the Giallorossi fail to. Just one slight piece of detail; Roma are at home to bottom Azeri side Qarabag while Atleti travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea.

Elsewhere, it’s still up for grabs in Group E as Spartak Moscow know they’ll qualify should they win at Liverpool, while Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich clash at the Allianz Arena in the battle for top spot in Group B, and Dortmund seek to halt their winless and gain passage to the Europa League as they travel to face holders Real Madrid.

Fixtures

Liverpool v Spartak Moscow
Maribor v Sevilla
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City
Feyenoord v Napoli
Bayern Munich v PSG
Celtic v Anderlecht
Real Madrid v Dortmund
Tottenham v APOEL
Barcelona v Sporting CP
Olympiacos v Juventus
Manchester United v CSKA Moscow
Benfica v Basel
Porto v Monaco
RB Leipzig v Besiktas
Chelsea v Atletico Madrid
Roma v Qarabag

 

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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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