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Champions League Group Stage MD 6

Group A

Bayern Munich vs. Lokomotiv Moskva

Bayern are through as group winners and will want to end their group stage on a high by beating Lokomotiv who realistically can only make the Europa League. Lokomotiv need to win regardless of results elsewhere to finish 3rd. Bayern drew at the weekend while Lokomotiv won at the weekend. 

RB Salzburg vs. Atletico Madrid

Atletico sit 2 points above Salzburg but have drawn their last 3 games in the group stage as they travel to Salzburg who are looking to finish 2nd. A win would send either team through to the round of 16 while the other team would most likely go to the Europa League. Salzburg lost at the weekend while Atletico won their game. 

Group B

Real Madrid vs. Monchengladbach

3rd placed Real Madrid sit a point behind leaders Monchengladbach with everything at stake in this game. Real Madrid can go through if they win while a draw would make the decision very close. Real Madrid can finish 4th if they lose and Inter win. Monchengladbach can go through if they win or draw while a loss would then depend on results elsewhere. Real Madrid will not want to drop into the Europa League and they would probably prefer to finish 4th while Monchengladbach will want to reach the round of 16. Real won at the weekend while Monchengladbach drew. 

Inter Milan vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter sit 4th in the table 2 points behind Shakhtar and the maximum points they can get is 8 which would make it interesting depending on results elsewhere. The most likely case is that Inter finish in a Europa League position if they win and results go their way. Shakhtar can reach the round of 16 if they win and a draw would be enough if Real lose or draw. Interesting group. Inter and Shakhtar both won their game at the weekend. 

Group C

Man City vs. Marseille

City are looking to finish top of the group while Marseille sit 4th and want to reach the Europa League. City are through either way and a win would take them top of the group while a draw would be enough if Porto lose. Marseille sit 4th and need to win if they want finish 3rd and hope that Olympiacos lose while a draw would be enough if Olympiacos lose as well. City won at the weekend while Marseille also won at the weekend. 

Olympiacos vs. Porto

Olympiacos sit 3rd and will want to finish 3rd while Porto sit 2nd and are hoping to finish 1st. Olympiacos will remain 3rd if they win or draw and Marseille lose. Porto can finish 1st if they win or draw and City lose. Olympiacos and Porto both won at the weekend. 

Group D

Midtjylland vs. Liverpool

Midtjylland are looking to end the group stage with some pride as they sit 4th while Liverpool sit top of the group having sealed 1st. A nothing game really, both teams won at the weekend and Klopp will probably want to rest a few players. 

Ajax vs. Atalanta

Ajax sit a point behind Atalanta and the winner of this game will reach the round of 16 while the loser will finish 3rd. Ajax lost at the weekend while Atalanta didn’t play a game. It’s going to be a very interesting one to watch and either way the teams European journeys will continue. 

Group E

Rennes vs. Sevilla

Rennes sit bottom of the group 3 points behind Krasnodar while Sevilla are 2nd 3 points behind Chelsea. A win for either team won’t change the positions and so it’s more of a chance to rest players etc rather than a game of stake. 

Group F

Zenit vs. Dortmund

Zenit having nothing to fight for as they sit bottom of the group while Dortmund sit top of the group a point ahead of Lazio. Dortmund will go through if they win lose or draw but it depends whether they will finish 1st or 2nd. Zenit won at the weekend while Dortmund drew. 

Lazio vs. Club Brugge

Lazio sit 2nd 2 points ahead of Brugge while. The winner of this game will finish 2nd while the loser will drop down into the Europa League. Lazio and Brugge won at the weekend. 

Group G

Barcelona vs. Juventus

Barcelona sit 3 points ahead of Juventus and regardless of the result Barcelona should finish 1st while Juventus finish 2nd. Barcelona lost at the weekend while Juventus won at the weekend. Barcelona have been flawless in the Champions League and will want to continue their winning run while Juventus will just want to win. 

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Ferencvaros

The game to decide who finishes 3rd and ends up in the Europa League. Ferencvaros have to win while Kyiv can go through with a win or a draw. The two teams won their domestic games at the weekend and it’s all to play for.

Group H

RB Leipzig vs. Man United

The most interesting group with both teams level on points along with PSG. Whoever wins this game goes through to the Round of 16 while a draw would be enough for both teams if PSG lose. If PSG win then a draw would be enough for United. Leipzig drew at the weekend while United won at the weekend. A massive game for both teams. 

Paris Saint Germain vs. Istanbul Basaksehir

PSG sit 2nd and a win would secure a round of 16 spot for them while a draw would be enough if the other game is a draw or one of the teams win. Istanbul are fighting for pride and will finish 4th either way. PSG won at the weekend while Istanbul drew in their league. 

Europa League Group Stage MD 6

Dundalk vs. Arsenal (Group B)

Arsenal have a perfect record in the Europa League and will want to continue that with a win against Dundalk. Dundalk have nothing to fight for except pride. Should be a win for Arsenal. 

Sparta Prague vs. AC Milan (Group H)

Milan are through to the Round of 32 regardless of the result but they will want to win and hope that Lille lose or draw so that they can top the group. Prague sit 3rd but have nothing to fight for. 

Tottenham vs. Antwerp (Group J)

Antwerp and Tottenham are through to the next round but the winner of this game will finish top of the group. 

Leicester vs. AEK Athens (Group G)

Leicester are through but will want to win the game to top the group, while Athens don’t have anything to fight for. 

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