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Champions League MD 5 Preview

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Group A

Atletico Madrid vs. AS Monaco

Monaco need to win this game if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the Europa League. A point should be enough for Atletico to qualify for the knockout stages. Monaco managed their first win under Henry but Atletico managed to draw against Atletico and it could be a tight affair. Atletico should manage a point or more though. 

Borussia Dortmund vs. Club Brugge

Dortmund are flying high and need a point against Brugge to secure progression to the knockout stages although a win would keep them on course to finish 1st in the group. Club Brugge have four points and a win or a point for them could make it an interesting affair for them. Mathematically Brugge can still qualify for the knockout stages although a realistic target would be to qualify for the Europa League.

Group B

PSV Eindhoven vs. Barcelona

A point or a win would make sure that Barcelona reached the knockout stages but PSV need to win for them to stand a chance of reaching the Europa League. Barcelona have looked shaky at times this season and are no where near their best. PSV could cause an upset or at least manage a point.

Tottenham vs. Inter Milan

Tottenham need to win otherwise they would most likely be looking at a spot in the Europa League. Spurs performed brilliantly against Chelsea but the question is whether they can sustain those brilliant performances. Inter have been doing well as well and a win for them would secure them a place in the knockout stages while even a point would make do. 

Group C

Paris Saint Germain vs. Liverpool

In what is a tight group qualification for the knockout stages and the Europa League most likely wont be decided till the final match day. A PSG win would mean that they move into second while a win for Liverpool could knock PSG out if Napoli beat Red Star while if Red Star beat Napoli PSG would still stand a chance of making the knockout stages. Liverpool need to beat PSG as well as a win would guarantee them progression to the knockout stages. PSG are unbeaten they will be looking for revenge against Liverpool. 

Napoli vs. Red Star Belgrade

Napoli head the table and need three points to guarantee them a place in the knockout stages. Red Star need a win or a point at least to make them stand a chance for the knockout stages or Europa League. Red Star do well at home but away from home the most likely result is that Napoli win.

Group D

Lokomotiv Moscow vs. Galatasaray

Moscow need a win to stand a chance for the Europa League while a draw or a win for Galatasaray would guarantee them a place in the Europa League at least. Moscow is a tricky trip and it will be interesting to see what happens. 

FC Porto vs. Schalke 04

A win or draw for Porto would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages while a loss would also work as long as Galatasaray lose to Moscow. Schalke need a point at least to keep them in the race for the knockout stages while a win would most likely guarantee them a place in the next round. 

Group E

Bayern Munich vs. Benfica

Bayern lead the table and a point or more would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages. Benfica need a win if they want to stand a chance of making the knockout round while a draw and results elsewhere could mean they qualify for the Europa League. 

AEK Athens vs. Ajax

Athens have not won a single game this season and need a win to stand any chance of making the Europa League. Ajax need a win to guarantee them a place in the knockout stages while a point or a loss would work as well as long as Benfica lost to Bayern. 

Group F

Hoffenheim vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

Hoffenheim need three points for them to have a guaranteed chance of fighting for a place in the knockout rounds till the final match day. A point would also keep their hopes alive but Lyon would need to lose or draw against City for that to happen. Shakhtar need a point or more to keep them alive for a place in the Europa League or knockout stages but a loss to Hoffenheim would mean they finish bottom of the group. 

Olympique Lyonnais vs. Man City 

A win would keep Lyon’s hopes for a place in the knockout stages alive while a draw would also keep their hopes of qualification alive. A loss would make it a tricky final match day for the French side. Man City sit top and a point would guarantee them a place in the next round while a loss would also virtually be enough. 

Group G

CSKA Moskva vs. Viktoria Plzen

Moscow need a win if they want a chance at qualifying for the knockout stages a draw could be enough to ensure them a place in the Europa League. Viktoria need to win if they want any chance of qualifying for the Europa League any other result would mean that they finish bottom of the table. 

AS Roma vs. Real Madrid

These teams have virtually qualified for the knockout stages as a win or draw would be enough for either team. A loss for either team would mathematically still put them in harm of a drop but the odds are that these two will qualify.

Group H

Juventus vs. Valencia

A point would be enough for Juventus to qualify for the knockout stages while Valencia need a win to give them a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. Anything less for Valencia and it could be a cagey final day for them. 

Man United vs. Young Boys

United need a win to guarantee keep them within range of the knockout stages while a draw or a loss would keep it interesting till the final match day. Young Boys need to win for them to stand a chance of finishing in 3rd. 

 

 

 

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