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Champions League Group Stage MD 5

Group A

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern don’t have much riding in this game except their 100% record as they go into this game having sealed top spot in the group. A win for Atletico would take them a step forward to qualification but a loss or draw would take matters to the final day. Both teams managed to win at the weekend as well as they go into a big game. 

Lokomotiv Moskva vs. RB Salzburg

These two teams can still make the Round of 16 but it depends on some factors. If Moscow win their chances would move along to the final day while a loss and Atletico win would be game over for both these teams. Salzburg need Atletico to lose and need to win or draw themselves to stand any chance. Salzburg won at the weekend while Lokomotiv drew at the weekend. An interesting game and a big one for both teams. 

Group B

Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Real Madrid

Shakhtar sit 3rd in the group 3 points behind Real Madrid and a win would make qualification very interesting going into the final day. Real Madrid can seal a place in the Round of 16 with a win. A draw could be enough for Real if Monchengladbach win the other game. Shakhtar won at the weekend while Real Madrid lost their game. 

Monchengladbach vs. Inter Milan

Monchengladbach need a win to seal a place in the next round. Inter have to win and hope that Real lose their game if they want to stand any chance of making the Round of 16. At the moment it’s looking like Monchengladbach will make it into the next round while Inter could have to settle for the Europa League again. Monchengladbach and Inter go into this rounds with wins at the weekend. 

Group C

Marseille vs. Olympiacos

A massive game in terms of Europa League qualification as both teams are realistically fighting it out for 3rd. A win for Olympiacos sends seals 3rd place for them while a win for Marseille takes the fight for 3rd place till the final day. The two teams won at the weekend. 

FC Porto vs. Man City

The fight for 1st and 2nd with City needing a win to seal top spot while FC Porto need a win to go level on points with City and take the decision to the final day. Porto and City won at the weekend domestically to carry some good momentum into this game. 

Group D

Liverpool vs. Ajax

Massive game as Liverpool welcome Ajax to Anfield. Ajax sit 2 points behind Liverpool and a win for the Dutch can take them top of the table but nothing would be guaranteed yet. A win for Liverpool would seal a place in the Round of 16 for Klopp and co but a loss and a win for Atalanta could see Klopp and team drop down to 3rd. Liverpool drew at the weekend while Ajax won their game.

Atalanta vs. Midtjylland

Atalanta need to win this game to move into the top 2 while a draw could be enough if Ajax lose to Liverpool. Midtjylland are just playing for pride. Atalanta lost at the weekend while Midtjylland drew their game. 

Group E

Krasnodar vs. Rennes

The Europa League game as the two teams fight it out for who finishes 3rd. A win for either team would move them to 3rd while a draw would mean that it depends on who loses less heavily in their final group game. Krasnodar lost their game at the weekend while Rennes drew at the weekend. 

Group F

Club Brugge vs. Zenit

Brugge have to win their game to stand a chance of making the top 2 while a draw would also still give them a chance if Dortmund win as well. Zenit have to win if they want to stand any chance of finishing 3rd. Both teams drew their games at the weekend.

Dortmund vs. Lazio

Dortmund can seal a top spot and a place in the Round of 16 with a win against Lazio while Lazio can move top of the table and also seal a point in the Round of 16 if they win. A big game between these sides and they should finish 1st and 2nd in either order. Both these teams lost at the weekend. 

Group G

Juventus vs. Dynamo Kyiv

Juventus have to win this game and hope Barcelona lose if they want to stand any chance of finishing 1st in the group. Kyiv sit 3rd and are fighting it out for 3rd with Ferencvaros and similar to other groups it could go down to which of those two teams loses more heavily. Juventus drew at the weekend while Kyiv won their game. 

Ferencvaros vs. Barcelona

Barcelona can all but seal top spot with a win against Ferencvaros while the Hungarians try to finish 3rd in the group. Barcelona won at the weekend while Ferencvaros also managed to win at the weekend. 

Group H

Man United vs. Paris Saint Germain

United sit top of the group as they welcome PSG who sit 2nd 3 points behind them. A win for PSG would keep them 2nd in the group but take them level on points with United while a win for United would seal a place in the Round of 16 for Ole and company. PSG will want to win after their reverse fixture performance and United have not been great at home. PSG drew at the weekend while United had a brilliant comeback win against Southampton. 

Istanbul Basaksehir vs. RB Leipzig

Istanbul need to win and hope PSG lose if they want to stand any chance of making the top 2 while Leipzig need to win to take qualification to the last day. Istanbul drew at the weekend while Leipzig won their game. 

Europa League Group Stage MD 5

AC Milan vs. Celtic (Group H)

A win for Milan could seal a Round of 32 place for the Italians if Prague lost to Lille while Celtic stand no chance of making the top 2 and are fighting for pride. Milan won at the weekend while Celtic lost and have been in dismal form in general. 

Zorya vs. Leicester (Group G)

Leicester have already sealed a place in the next round but can seal top spot in the group if they beat Zorya. Zorya need to win and hope Braga lose if they want to stand a chance of making the Round of 32 this season. Zorya won at the weekend while Leicester are yet to play. 

LASK vs. Tottenham (Group J)

LASK go into this game needing to win to stand any chance of making the top 2 while Tottenham can seal progression with a win against LASK. LASK won at the weekend while Tottenham drew their game. 

Arsenal vs. Rapid Wien (Group B)

Arsenal have already sealed a place in the next round even if they lose their next 2 games. Rapid Wien can move into 2nd if they beat Arsenal and Molde lose their game and a win would still give them a chance going into the final day. 

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