There are some huge games tonight in the Champions League with several contenders looking to sew up one of the ten spots in the knockout phase that remain up for grabs. Only six sides have already qualified: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Porto.
BATE Borisov-FC Porto
Shakhtar Donetsk-Athletic Bilbao
Match of the day
Manchester City v Bayern Munich
After being upset 2-1 by CSKA Moscow and held to a 1-1 draw by Roma in their previous home fixtures, City once again find their hopes of qualification on a knife-edge, needing to beat Bayern Munich and then triumph in Rome to pull off a miracle. The English Premier League champions have failed to progress from their group in two of their three campaigns in the competition and have not won a European match in front of their own fans since beating Viktoria Plzen on 27 November 2013. To compound matters, Fernandinho and Yaya Toure are both suspended.
City are also facing the possibility of dropping to a third seed next season if they finish bottom of their group, which will make qualification to the knockout rounds even more difficult next season.
The other match in Group E matches CSKA Moscow and Roma, who are locked on four points and have the same goal difference (-4). However, Rudi Garcia’s men thrashed the Russians 5-1 in the Eternal City and victory in Russia would seal the Giallorossi’s place in the next round, provided Bayern are not defeated in Manchester. The Italians also have another advantage over Tuesday’s opponents: they have their two matches against the runaway group winners over and done with (having been beaten soundly on both occasions), while CSKA still have a daunting trip to Bavaria to come.
Did you know?
Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are the only sides left with a 100 per cent record in this season’s competition, having won their first four matches. Just five clubs have managed a clean sweep of victories all the way through the group stage: AC Milan (1992/93), PSG (1994/95), Spartak Moscow (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03) and Real Madrid (2011/12).
Matchday 6: 9/10 December
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Olympiakos v Malmö FF – Buy Champions League Tickets
Liverpool v FC Basel – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Ludogorets Razgrad – Buy Champions League Tickets
Benfica v Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Buy Champions League Tickets
Monaco v Zenit St Petersburg – Buy Champions League Tickets
Borussia Dortmund v RSC Anderlecht – Buy Champions League Tickets
Galatasaray v Arsenal – Buy Champions League Tickets
Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow – Buy Champions League Tickets
Roma v Man City – Buy Champions League Tickets
Ajax v Apoel Nicosia – Buy Champions League Tickets
Barcelona v Paris St-Germain – Buy Champions League Tickets
Chelsea v Sporting Lisbon – Buy Champions League Tickets
NK Maribor v FC Schalke 04 – Buy Champions League Tickets
Athletic Bilbao v BATE Borisov – Buy Champions League Tickets
FC Porto v Shakhtar Donetsk – Buy Champions League Tickets